Matt Taibbi—an author and Rolling Stone political writer who’s sometimes pegged as a spiritual heir to Hunter S. Thompson—has scored again with his latest book, Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another.

Taibbi’s the kind of journalist who doesn’t allow his own political sensibilities to interfere with his passion for digging up the truth. Despite his liberal leanings, Taibbi (who authored bestseller Insane Clown President in 2017) follows where the facts lead—as illustrated by his damning indictment of the media’s role in promoting Russiagate hysteria, and calling out a compromised FBI and complicit media on the heels of the Horowitz report.

In Hate Inc., Taibbi chides fellow journalists who don’t operate that way. From Sean Hannity on Fox News to Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, few escape his barbs. He decries their slavish adherence to ideology and tendency to promote the news like sports—where every fan has a team and the opposition deserves to be hated. 

After all, it’s showbusiness, and that’s where the profits lie.

—Jeff Joseph