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How The Press Makes Us Hate Each Other

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Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has new a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media." He says we’re exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest.

RadioWest divider.

Thursday we’re asking why it is you might hate the media. Not why you hate journalism, but the system that’s supposed to deliver the journalism. Our guest is Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi. He’s written a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media,” and he’s pretty critical. He says we’re basically exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest. Taibbi’s book is called Hate, Inc.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine. His book is called Hate, Inc.: How, And Why, The Press Makes Us Hate One Another. You can read it, and be updated as new chapters come out, by subscribing at Taibbi's Substack page. It will be published as a physical book by OR Books later this year.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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