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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Few journalists have tossed more hand grenades or built more of a reputation for themselves than Matt Taibbi, who covers politics and culture for Rolling Stone when not writing bestselling books -- most recently I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street... In 2008, Taibbi won a National Magazine Award for his columns and commentary at Rolling Stone. With fame comes controversy... Taibbi has come under attack for work that critics say is flat out misogynistic and sexist... Taibbi has published at least two apologies, but the firestorm has barely abated. He says that his support for Bernie Sanders throughout the 2016 campaign is part of what's motivating the attacks on him... Reason's Nick Gillespie spoke with Taibbi about his new book, free speech and the left, the recent negative attention that his work has received, and issues on which progressives and libertarians overlap in powerful, if always uneasy, ways.

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Interview contents:

1:48 - I Can't Breathe and the Eric Garner case

9:55 - Cell phone videos and their effect on criminal justice reform

11:43 - New York City and the origin of "stop and frisk" policing

18:37 - George Kelling and the origin of "broken windows" policing

22:44 - Crime reduction since the 90s

32:15 - Erica Garner's activism and death

34:56 - How libertarians and progressives can work together

37:29 - Journalism and "the new anti-speech movement on the left"

44:04 - Political tribalism and third party candidates

48:23 - Russian politics and U.S. election interference

51:49 - The sexual harassment allegations against Taibbi and his view of #MeToo

1:00:35 - How to promote heterodox, independent thinking

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Great interview, well worth the time ... especially on free speech and the purpose of journalism, with both Gillespie and Taibbi doing a great job contrasting the differences on how the left and the right view them.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-13 09:11 AM | Reply

That's hilarious. On 1 hand he glamorized and relished sexual harassment!!!
Then we the article resurfaced (in a different 'era') he denies all association!! YOU just can't make this stuff up.
Can you say HYPOCRITE?????

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#2 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2018-01-14 09:11 AM | Reply

That's hilarious. On 1 hand he glamorized and relished sexual harassment!!!
Then we the article resurfaced (in a different 'era') he denies all association!! YOU just can't make this stuff up.
Can you say HYPOCRITE?????

#2 | POSTED BY DAVETHEWAVE

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There were two women who went by Masha at The eXile at the time. Both told Paste that the passages were fictional, but requested their last names not be included. One wished not to be quoted directly.

"I was never harassed by Matt Taibbi, nor did I see him sexually harass anyone at work or outside work either," the other Masha told Paste in a phone interview. "It was a ridiculous passage written by Mark."

"These claims that Matt would do this stuff are ridiculous," she said. "I left The eXile because we started dating, and Matt was worried about impropriety. He didn't even ask me out at work! Matt is a fundamentally decent and kind person."

The woman referred to as Sveta (whose last name has also been omitted for professional reasons) also told Paste that the encounter described in Ames' passage never happened, and that neither Taibbi nor Ames ever acted inappropriately towards her or any other woman in the office.

"It never happened," she wrote over email.

When asked if the two editors ever ignored impropriety by other male staffers, she told us there was nothing to ignore. In other words, The eXile's work environment was not hostile for women.


The woman who was there said there was no harassment.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-14 10:23 AM | Reply

3 I'm not saying he did. I'm saying he glamorized it, until after the house of charades that is Hollywood, came down in a sexual harassment crash and burn.

Now, and never before this retract ment, he distances himself from something he co wrote

#4 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2018-01-14 11:54 AM | Reply

I'm not saying he did. I'm saying he glamorized it, until after the house of charades that is Hollywood, came down in a sexual harassment crash and burn.

Now, and never before this retract ment, he distances himself from something he co wrote

#4 | POSTED BY DAVETHEWAVE

Taibbi is a journalist reporting the news -- he's not a representation of Hollywood.

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-14 12:28 PM | Reply

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