Matt Taibbi, writer for Rolling Stone, discusses his new book, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire, the American press’s priorities on news coverage, Congress’s inner workings on writing legislation, his investigation of Pastor John Hagee, John McCain seeking an endorsement from Hagee, Hagee’s vision of the end of the world, the Reverend Wright controversy and its coverage in the press, Taibbi’s coverage for Rolling Stone of Iraq from Baghdad, his embedded assignment with troops from Camp Liberty and a car bombing, the similar approach to managing Congress between the Republicans and the Democrats, the American people’s disfranchisement and cynicism towards government and politics, the rise of conspiratorial movements in America, the possibility of Barack Obama being any different than other American politicians, and Obama’s potential disappointment among the American people should he become president.
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Matt Taibbi is an American journalist and political writer. He currently works at Rolling Stone where he authors a column called “Road Rage” for the print version, and an additional weekly online-only column called “The Low Post”. He is best known for his coverage of the 2004 US presidential election, and for his former editorial positions at newspapers the eXile, the New York Press, and the Beast. Recently, Taibbi has been a regular contributor to Real Time with Bill Maher. His new book is, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire.