The A.V. Club published an interview with Rolling Stone’s star political writer Matt Taibbi today. Check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a really good read. I’ve become a fan of Taibbi in the last few weeks. His coverage of the presidential election is the only reason to read Rolling Stone most weeks.
The interview focuses on Taibbi’s new book, The Great Derangement, which I’m planning on picking up in the next few days. In it, Taibbi writes about some of the disturbed American sub-cultures that are nearest and dearest to my heart, namely John Hagee’s congregation at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and those laughable, lovable lunatics in the 9/11 Truth Movement.
He talks 9/11 Truth a good bit in the interview, actually. Get a load of this:
A.V. Club: You’d think a movement devoted to seeking truth would encourage debate as a way to arrive at the truth, rather than trying to suppress whatever doesn’t already align with their own views.
Matt Taibbi: Absolutely. I make this point with Truthers all the time, that the whole direction of everything they do is the opposite of what finding out the truth is. They approach the subject matter in much the same way a defense attorney does. A defense attorney takes a case and he sees six pieces of evidence that are going to convict his client, and he sets out to destroy those six pieces of evidence, irrelevant to the actual truth of the situation. That’s not to denigrate defense attorneys, but that’s what they do. It’s exactly the same thing that Truthers do. They just take the 9/11 Commission Report piece by piece, and they try to break down links in that evidentiary chain that compose the official story, but they never really try to find out what happened. They’re just trying to convince you that the official story couldn’t possibly be true. For instance, the stuff about Hani Hanjour—the hijacker who reportedly made that maneuver into the Pentagon. They’re really hopped up about the fact that he was a bad pilot and couldn’t have made that sophisticated maneuver. But they make absolutely no effort to tell you what actually did happen. They’re like, “Oh, it could have been a remote-controlled plane.” Offhandedly, they’ll say that. [Laughs.] Like that’s a very simple thing. It’s really weird.
Take a few minutes to read the whole interview, and give Taibbi’s Rolling Stone articles (like this frank, scathing assessment of John McCain from last month), a look, too, if you’ve never read him before. He’s a funny, eloquent writer who can fluently talk politics while swearing a goddamn blue streak. No wonder I’m an envious admirer.