I wrote a letter to the editor of Rolling Stone after reading Matt Taibbi's latest brilliant expose of the unbelievably massive and continuing bailout of Wall Street in the January 17, 2013 issue.
January 6, 2013
To the Editor:
Matt Taibbi is a national treasure as he demonstrates again with his latest article on “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout,” RS, January 17, 2013; and it's wonderful that he's found a superb home at RS.
It's a terrible shame, though, that he permits himself – and RS permits – the occasional (and not so occasional) vulgarity. First, it's an awful model for his readers. Second it's a sign that he's out of control emotionally. Such inappropriate language effectively strikes out at his readers, just as in other contexts it's a brutish weapon in verbal conflict.