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August 6, 2009

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CJR's Got Your Back

Now this is what meta-media is for: Dean Starkman provides a smart, sweeping analysis of Matt Taibbi’s feisty muckraking. His verdict is nuanced and not easily blockquotable, but the bottom line is: Taibbi can’t be dismissed.

Starkman doesn’t let him off easy, though. This is by no means central to his analysis, but it’s a fun line (and also good advice):

The weakness of the piece is where others might find strength, its polemical nature and its hyperbole. When you call Goldman a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money,” you’re in a sense offering a big fat disclaimer—this piece is not to be taken literally and perhaps not even seriously.

I actually didn’t know about CJR’s The Audit feature—of which this is a part—and I’m a new fan. This is really valuable work.

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Posted August 6, 2009 at 11:45 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism

Comments

A picture with SRK and now this. Nice use of the F-word.

Posted by: Betty Ann on August 6, 2009 at 03:29 PM
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