Which "Caroline in the City" character is Glenn Greenwald?
November 29, 2014 4:30 PM   Subscribe

From the soon-to-be (and now actually) laid-off staff of Matt Taibbi's now-aborted magazine The Racket comes Racket Teen! Enjoy its collection of hip memes, hard-hitting cover stories, sexy freedom fighters, and deep investigative journalism, including the answer to the question that's been haunting us all: what really happened to Matt Taibbi?
posted by rorgy (25 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Here's a Q+A in the New York Observer, if you want more info and not just sexy Snowden bods.
posted by rorgy at 4:35 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


2014 – :-(
posted by schmod at 4:55 PM on November 29, 2014


im really glad theres a gif out there of matt taibbi with a gunshot wound
posted by p3on at 5:14 PM on November 29, 2014


Holy shit.
posted by wuwei at 5:17 PM on November 29, 2014


This seems like a thing I would like if I had any idea what was happening.
posted by verbyournouns at 5:41 PM on November 29, 2014 [10 favorites]


Metafilter: This seems like a thing I would like if I had any idea what was happening.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:49 PM on November 29, 2014 [24 favorites]


So is this the kind of edgy satirical content they actually proposed to Omidyar? Helps explain what happened.
posted by Bwithh at 6:06 PM on November 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


So wait, did they ever actually tell us which Caroline in the City character Glenn Greenwald was?
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:17 PM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


So this is what happens when journalists go from not enough money to tech startup levels of fuck-you money.
posted by tonycpsu at 6:33 PM on November 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Clicking around I made it to some interview with rustyk5 in which the following is written:
“It left a lot of bitterness among the people who were most on my side, and it’s definitely my biggest professional regret,” Mr. Foster explained. “I will probably not ever crowdfund anything again.”

“It definitely still bugs him,” said Kevin Nguyen, a friend and Amazon editor who, along with Rusty, was part of a social media chat room they referred to as The Boat.
Well that's good to hear. It should still bug him, asking for $40k+ and then bailing on k5.

Regarding Taibbi bailing on racket... uh well... not all that surprising, but pando seems to be raking the most muck these days anyway. They certainly seem to have ruffled the broadest array of feathers.
posted by nutate at 6:59 PM on November 29, 2014


And now I'm wondering if this will get picked up by Racket Teen!.
posted by pxe2000 at 7:03 PM on November 29, 2014


Rusty also published an email by a woman detailing her previously unpublicized sexual assault. Not cool.
posted by wuwei at 8:02 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Maybe unsurprisingly, the Racket Teen team was behind Sex House and For-Profit Online University.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 8:35 PM on November 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


the Racket Teen team was behind Sex House

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

those fuckers need a macarthur grant stat
posted by p3on at 9:31 PM on November 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


It's fairly predictable, at this point. He's embroiled in a sex(ism) scandal, and we're all reminded that the accusers be taken seriously, even though this isn't the first whistle-blower journo attacked this way. I mean, he could be a serial misogynist looking for a career path to allow him, a journalist affiliated with a left-identifying youth culture publication, to keep hating women. Or maybe, perhaps, it might be bullshit, especially considering Assanage?

I dunno. It seems as if someone thinks they've found a soft spot, here. I'm =mostly= inclined to side with the women making claims, for on the other hand, it's not like Rolling Fucking Stone couldn't bankroll a woman journo doing this work. Idiots.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:17 PM on November 29, 2014


i have no idea where the premise ends here but i like it a lot anyway

more of this kind of thing please
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:17 PM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


pando seems to be raking the most muck these days anyway. They certainly seem to have ruffled the broadest array of feathers.

I'm much less upset about the NSFWCorp merger with Pando than I was, but it seems like Pando's become less stenographic than they were.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:49 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's fairly predictable, at this point. He's embroiled in a sex(ism) scandal, and we're all reminded that the accusers be taken seriously, even though this isn't the first whistle-blower journo attacked this way.

Considering how viscous a critic he's been of high finance, it's a wonder he's not a pedophile.
posted by clarknova at 11:56 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


er, vicious, but viscous could work too.
posted by clarknova at 12:13 AM on November 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Or maybe, perhaps, it might be bullshit, especially considering Assanage?

Um, I think you may have made the opposite of the point you were aiming for?
posted by smoke at 2:43 AM on November 30, 2014


It's really really weird to me that these days, Pando Daily has a reputation for being something other than an enormous crock of shit. It did not have a respectable first couple of years.
posted by rorgy at 4:15 AM on November 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's fairly predictable, at this point. He's embroiled in a sex(ism) scandal, and we're all reminded that the accusers be taken seriously, even though this isn't the first whistle-blower journo attacked this way. I mean, he could be a serial misogynist looking for a career path to allow him, a journalist affiliated with a left-identifying youth culture publication, to keep hating women. Or maybe, perhaps, it might be bullshit, especially considering Assanage?

Huh. I thought Taibbi's serial misogyny was largely public knowledge. I mean the very first link in the FPP goes into this better in the thread discussion, including input from a woman who actually worked with the guy.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 5:22 AM on November 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I love the shit out of Matt Taibbi as a journalist and a writer, I really regret that The Racket is not going to be a thing, yet I find it all too easy to believe that the dude would have a problem with being a hideously gross misogynist, partly because it's way way way easy for a dude whose default state of mind is "sarcastic and self-righteous fiery wrath" to direct that towards people who don't deserve it, and women generally get the short end of the stick when a dude decides he's gonna Man it up all over the place.

I say that, by the way, as a guy who loves getting to be cocky and wrathful and fiery, but who has learned over time that you've got to be very, very, very careful with that sort of thing, because it will absolutely lead to your saying awful shit to people without realizing you're being awful. Taibbi is far from careful about it, and it's led to some of the best journalism of the last couple decades, but I imagine it's yet another of the many instances of Great Men Syndrome where, as soon as you let said larger-than-life person encounter with, y'know, life, it turns out they're awful in a bunch of ways that it would be really convenient for us to dismiss or pretend never happened. But that inconvenient comes at the cost of all the people who suffer at their hands.

Julian Assange is yet another example of this, and I think honestly that whatever amount of government conspiracy was involved in his getting accused of repeated rapes pales before the odds of Assange just plain old being a rapist. Just as you're insane to think that women would think it profitable to accuse a famous man of rape, you'd have to be delusional to think that the best way of slandering a famous anarchist would be to call him a rapist — I can think of half a dozen better and less traceable methods of conspiratorially ruining a dude's name than false rape accusations, and I'm not even NSA-trained! On the other hand, the bar to becoming a rapist when you're cocky and think the world is out to get you is really fucking low, and the fact that anti-authoritarian crusades appeal to the sort of man who thinks they ought to be answerable to nobody is probably also why they not-infrequently attract men who are also accused of being awful pigs.
posted by rorgy at 6:38 AM on November 30, 2014 [8 favorites]


Part of me is extremely wary of this whole journalist as micro-celebrity thing but hey anything that exults and possibly raises the pay grade of writers is definitely a good thing on balance. Now someone give Richard Meltzer an ESPN domain.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:21 AM on November 30, 2014


Now someone give Richard Meltzer an ESPN domain.

I read that as "Richard Belzer" and thought, "Hell, why not?" Anything to expand the John Munch Universe into our own continuity.

Alas.
posted by gern at 3:57 PM on December 1, 2014


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