How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable | Rolling Stone

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Art Deco says:

    What’s Rolling Stone doing to bulk up it’s fact checking process? Does Jackie Coakley count as a ‘false prophet’?Report

  2. Avatar Art Deco says:

    Doesn’t have much to do with anything I might be for or against either. Doesn’t stop you from using it.Report

  3. Avatar Zac says:

    Just for the record, this came from me, not Zic. In fact, I haven’t seen Zic around in a long time…what ever happened to her?Report

  4. Avatar j r says:

    Matt Taibi says a lot of interesting things. Unfortunately, he says them in a manner that seems tailor-made to appeal to a certain kind of left-of center psuedo contrarian and annoy the tits off of everyone else.

    Trump’s basic argument is the same one every successful authoritarian movement in recent Western history has made: that the regular guy has been screwed by a conspiracy of incestuous elites.

    Case in point, this would also be a pretty apt description of Taibi’s journalistic career.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater in reply to j r says:

      Heh. That’s a clever observation. I’ve always enjoyed Taibbi’s willingness to take on really big issues by slogging thru lots of research to write compelling journalism. But I can’t escape the feeling that the research is conducted to support an already-determined thesis, and that the writing style targets an already determined audience. There’s lots of good stuff in any particular Taibbi article, but it’s a lotta work to get thru it. (I actually don’t read him anymore. I think I grew tired of the constant riffing.)Report

      • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Stillwater says:

        Taibbi will lie just like anyone else, it’s just that nobody gives a shiny nickel about lies about Tom Friedman.Report

      • Avatar j r in reply to Stillwater says:

        Taibbi’s Goldman Sachs coverage is the perfect example. I respect that he undertook the task of doing the research and the reporting. GS is is the archetypal bulge bracket bank and understanding how it works, the good and the bad, is a big part of understanding the good and the bad of modern finance.

        And yet, for all of the Taibbi that I’ve read, my biggest takeaway is that Goldman is a “great vampire squid.” Great turn of phrase, but I can’t help but think that Taibi lets his gonzo shtick get in the way of real analysis.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater in reply to j r says:

          Agreed. He also did some good downstream journalism on how Wall Street banks screwed over a tiny town in the south (Jefferson, Alabama? was that it?) where my take away was pretty much the same as your about his GS stories (which I agree with): the analysis and factual reporting was buried beneath the more prominent gonzo schtick, instead of the other way around. So much so, in fact, that I remember that story more for it’s Taibbi-ness than for its content.Report

          • Avatar j r in reply to Stillwater says:

            For me, Michael Lewis is the best chronicler and popularizer of financial economics and the modern banking sector system. He has a pretty cynical view on finance, but still manages to focus on telling the story above selling a style.Report

          • Avatar trizzlor in reply to Stillwater says:

            Funny, reading this I realized I’m in the same boat. A lot of friends sent me this article and I still haven’t read it because I didn’t want to slog through all the gonzo theatrics. That said, Taibbi will always have a place in my heart for his effortless takedown of Byron York. Money quote:

            … Tick tick tick. Hilarious sitting here while you frantically search the Internet to learn about the cause of the financial crisis — in the middle of a live chat interview.

            B.Y.: Look, you can keep trying to make this a specifically partisan and specifically Gramm-McCain thing, but it simply isn’t. We’ve gone on for fifteen minutes longer than scheduled, and that’s enough. Thanks.

            M.T.: Thanks. Note, folks, that the esteemed representative of the New Republic has no idea what the hell a credit default swap is. But he sure knows what a minority homeowner looks like.

            B.Y.: It’s National Review.

            It’s too bad such cross-the-aisle interviews don’t happen more often.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    Umm…why are we looking at amateur psychologists?
    The US gov’t does have people who do psychological analysis from a body of publically available data… couldn’t someone have rung one of them?Report

  6. Avatar Damon says:

    That was a nice hit piece. But where was the specifics about how “American made” the Donald unstoppable and, more importantly, how to fix the system?Report

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