The Intercept has lately been publishing vigorously, breaking several major stories — federal investigators are reportedly pursuing the alleged leaker responsible for a story on the site about the government’s voluminous terrorist watch list.But Racket has been much slower to materialize, leading to rumors of staff In August, Temple told me Taibbi’s site was experimenting with a variety of journalistic approaches — not just satire and humor but also investigative journalism. I was excited by Matt’s editorial vision and hoped to help him bring it to fruition.For instance, Ellen Miller, head of the campaign finance watchdog the Sunlight Foundation — a nonprofit also heavily financed by Omidyar — met with the staff over the summer to discuss how it might dig into issues of money inteam.” Taibbi’s clashes with those at the top are likely to drive further speculation about the fate of the long-incubating project and about the journalist’s own continued involvement. Now we turn our focus to exploring next steps for the talented team that has worked to create Matt’spublication.I remain an enthusiastic supporter of the kind of independent journalism found at The Intercept and the site we were preparing to launch.“It’s the absence of the amount of pain you would feel here. Taibbi, who grew up in Boston, was also alienated, as well as manic-depressive. Taibbi said, “This is fine, the atmosphere here is totally mellow.”The two men don’t hang out much with the traditional press in Moscow. “It couldn’t possibly come from his own mind, it’s just so uncanny how his coverage of things tends to follow the Clinton administration.”“ has just been disgraceful all the way through,” he added.You come here to remind yourself how much more painful and horrible it could be. He attended New York University, where he was miserable, and immersed himself in the work of Nikolai Gogol. If this is like rock, paper, scissors, Pastis defeats speed! In e Xile, they voted ‘s David Hoffman this year’s winner of a “Worst Western Journalist in Moscow” contest.“The most insidious,” said Mr. Especially “around the time that Clinton came out and said Putin is a man with whom we can do business.On a Saturday night in May, Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi were drinking Pepsi and smoking American Spirits in a one-bedroom apartment in a high-rise near Times Square. Taibbi, 30, are Americans who for the past several years have been living in Moscow, where, since 1997, they have edited and published a raucous biweekly tabloid called e Xile and have been doing their best to introduce Hunter S. on a book tour; their first book, , had just been published by Grove Press. They’d driven a Lincoln Continental 10,000 miles around America, appearing at bookstores, classrooms and think tanks. The low point was a talk they gave at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.“We realized that all these people were future careerists, ” said Mr. Ames, referring to America.“Mark and I both left America for pretty similar reasons,” said Mr. And Russia’s volatile political and economic situation gave them what all writers desperately need: a theme. Taibbi’s words, Russia is filled with “thieves and villains of a type that the world previously had seen only in James Bond movies.” And Russian women, “the most physically attractive women on earth,” according to Mr. He went back to Moscow for good in 1993, which he found to be “the anti-California.
His other books include Smells Like Dead Elephants, The Great Derangement, and Griftopia.The last thing I want to do is plan for the future.'”In 1997, he went to Moscow to edit Living Here, a rival publication of the fledgling e Xile, which Mr. But it took me a while to learn you really have to force Russian girls, and that’s what they want, it’s like a mock rape. If you’re not a failure in Russia, you killed somebody, you’re driving around in a Mercedes, everyone knows how you got it. “Being a fuckup there is your right , every Russian is a total fuckup, and that’s even valued in that culture, it makes you human,” he said. And then you come back here and you’re really freaked out–because you don’t know if that actually exists deep in all women’s psyches, that that’s what they all want. “This is so depressing, I can’t tell you,” he said. It’s basically like Tom Cruise in except that it’s a little bit fringier. In this country, everybody is so desperate to not fall through the cracks, everyone’s so afraid of failing, of not getting ahead, of ending up living in a shitty place, of not making money. You get together, everybody gets shitfaced, and everyone assumes nobody has anything going on because who does? Then you go back and like kiss the tarmac.”There are drawbacks: They say the Moscow authorities have tapped their phone lines.“They don’t really understand us too well, and I think that’s what saves us the most,” Mr. “If you’re an old Soviet functionary, you can read our paper and it just doesn’t make sense.”“We wrote a whole bunch of editorials about the size of Putin’s penis,” said Mr. In 1990, he went to study in Leningrad.“The instant I set foot on the plane, my life changed,” Mr. “I was charged with adrenaline, alert, positive, full of plans, inner demons palliated by a need to cope with new and unpredictable logistical problems. Taibbi, adding that he believes numerous western journalists in Moscow are on secret payrolls. There’s a very obvious reason why the American government would say that, because Putin is going to be the classic Pinochet-style, banana-republic dictator who’s going to protect American business interests. He spent five years at the University of California at Berkeley. Then in 1991, he vacationed in Leningrad right after the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev.“It was the first two weeks of my life that I’d lived really,” he said.