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Via Andrew Sullivan, Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi (confession: I am a huge Taibbi fan, going back to his eXile days) weighs in on the Michael Hastings vs. establishment journalists issue. You should read the whole thing, but I’ll select out the conclusion for the lazy:

[Establishment politicians] don’t need your help, and you’re giving it to them anyway, because you just want to be part of the club so so badly. Disgustingly, that’s really what it comes down to. Most of these reporters just want to be inside the ropeline so badly, they want to be able to say they had that beer with Hillary Clinton in a bowling alley in Scranton or whatever, that it colors their whole worldview. God forbid some important person think you’re not playing for the right team!

Meanwhile, the people who don’t have the resources to find out the truth and get it out in front of the public’s eyes, your readers/viewers, you’re supposed to be working for them — and they’re not getting your help. What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? Is it worth all the bloodshed and the hatred? Who are the people running this thing, what is their agenda, and is that agenda the same thing we voted for? By the severely unlikely virtue of a drunken accident we get a tiny glimpse of an answer to some of these vital questions, but instead of cheering this as a great break for our profession, a waytago moment, one so-called reputable journalist after another lines up to protest the leak and attack the reporter for doing his job. God, do you all suck!

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I’ve been dying to mention New York‘s profile of Paz de la Huerta (warning: mildly NSFW picture, somewhat NSFW language) for some time now. If you don’t recognize her name, de la Huerta is an indie film actress and New York City personality. I first saw her in Jim Jarmusch’s trippy, wonderful The Limits of Control and was immediately hooked. It’s a great profile, just a pleasure to read…hers is one of those lives too strange to imagine. After reading it, I found myself both wanting to meet her and thinking she must be a bit of a self-impressed fake, but the portrait this profile paints is, if nothing else, difficult to forget. Some highlights after the jump. (more…)

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