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HATE INC. - Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In this characteristically turbocharged new book, celebrated Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi provides an insider’s guide to the variety of ways today’s mainstream media tells us lies. Part tirade, part confessional, it reveals that what most people think of as “the news” is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.

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Paperback, First Edition, 228 pages
Published 2019 by OR Books
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Shane Papendorf
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt Taibbi's excellent book about why the press stinks, and what you should do about it: just shut it off. Life is better that way.
Gregg
Unlike many of his other titles, Hate, Inc. was more of a grind to get through. Perhaps that's because this was entirely released online, in installments, which I read the same way I read op eds in the paper: between bites of my breakfast. Perhaps because the subject matter is more immediate--since we're currently being confronted with the various and cloying idiocy from Washington and the White House, having the why behind Trump's election overlaid with the what of today's headlines is enough t ...more
Jonathan Wolff
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great look into the failures of the media in our current landscape.
KCarney
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Chomsky meets Hunter? The book I wish Jon Stewart had written? A huge fan of Taibbi...have read most of his works. Matt’s usual in-depth investigative journalism takes down the modern news machine. Critiques both sides while critiquing both sides-ism. In short news is for profit and attn is the new currency. The major outlets no longer serve the citizenry by narrowing allowable narratives.
Lisa
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agreeably testy, basically focusing on the anxiety-industrial complex aspects of network and cable news, and how their main business model is to keep viewers in a state of high anxiety in order to make a 24-hour news cycle viable. The left comes off no better than the right here—the cover features Sean Hannity side-by-side with Rachel Maddow, which makes perfect sense if you think about it. Smart commentary, a little rambly in places—it's pulled from his online Substack newsletter—but the premis ...more
Gail
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one escapes unscathed in Taibbi's latest book. His takedown of press coverage from the recent past till the present day will make you rethink you're media consumption.

I received this ARC at Library Journal's "Day of Dialog".
Doni
I enjoyed it, but it came across as a series of rants rather than a well-structured book. Maybe he'll polish it up before actual publication. I was also frustrated that I had no control over when I finished it.
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