Matt Taibbi: Return of the Vampire Squid | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Published on May 1, 2020

Taibbi.substack.com reporter and co-host of Rolling Stone’s “Useful Idiots” podcast, Matt Taibbi, joins Bill to discuss the potential for fraud and abuse of the government’s economic bailout.

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27 comments

  • Calls 5 months ago

    loved it

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  • Citizens, What is in your Heads? Zombie Sheep 5 months ago

    Trump want to stop “illegal” immigration not immigration. You left out an important word!

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  • Dracula Wolfman 5 months ago

    Matt Taibbi rules.

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  • Cliff h 5 months ago


    enjoyed griftopia

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  • Brendan Lake 5 months ago

    Hell yeah Matt is one of the few real journalists left in this country!

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  • cuki-Face 5 months ago

    I remember writing letters to Matt when he ran the NY Press newspaper in the 90’s early 2000’s. Always responded. Put a few in the paper. Always smart and respectful. Man has class and character.

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  • Laurent D'Hondt 5 months ago

    Good man

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  • ChannelMath 5 months ago

    financial instruments are people too, my friends. They’re our job-creators

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  • Brenton Carter 5 months ago

    Matt, please, don’t go on this show. Bill Maher is a fucking moron.

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  • Caleb Silentone861 5 months ago

    Bill wished for a recession. Just remember that.

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  • Vvienne Lenk 5 months ago

    Great listening to this reporter – now if only there was a way for him to show how Trump’s 6 bankrupticies (is it 6?) have been the perfect preparation for bankrupting our country – giving the wealthiest what they didn’t need and raising our deficit (like Republican admnistrations always do ) to record numbers. Of course, trump isn’t doing this alone – republicans are all for it, and are happy they have someone who allows them to do bad policy.

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  • IzabelParis 5 months ago

    This show is so much better without the audience.

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  • Holly P 5 months ago

    I love you Matt!!! <3<3<3

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  • Barbara Winterbourne 5 months ago

    This is a rotten way to help the country. Fraudulent administration will see the average person starve while these big corporations make billions. The USA STINKS. People need to not fly see the air lines go out of business. Not use the Internet to shop or all local businesses will disappear. The population must take a grip on what is going on in the US and in many other countries. Trump wants the workers to return to work even if it means cat hing the virus. What if all these people die. Who is going to mend the economy. Governments do not have money unless the silent majority pay their taxes. If there are fewer people able to work then there will be less income from taxes. The super rich pay very little in taxes as they know how to cheat. The system stinks. God save America .

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  • chubbypekingese 5 months ago

    Why doesn’t Real Time share the interview where Taibbi talks about the Americans press’s bias against Trump?

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  • chucky 5 months ago

    it is now may 10th and the trump administration has given out more than $2 Trillion to big business bailouts. Money that workers will never see. Money that will again fill the fat cats pockets. Have you wondered why there were no democrats invited to the signing of the bailout documents??? I think it was because there is so much friggin dirty money laundering and stealing in that plan that it would make you want to puke. If munchkin is the one doling out the cash to big companies, you KNOW there is a lot of slight of hand going on. Disgusting, the millionaires get the billions in cash again, and the workers get $1200.. PERIOD.. so disgusting.

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  • Rudy Perez 5 months ago

    It all needs to be explained better. Average person doesn’t understand what buying bonds and mortgages means or why. Also present it with what you would do instead. Don’t just laugh and criticize, what’s the alternative? Step up media experts share with us

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  • mark caywood 5 months ago

    Is Maher possibly the most obnoxious, loathsome, smug ass on the planet?

    Watched only because Matt was on. Listening to Maher is like eating broken glass. I still had to bail halfway through

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  • Spice Insights 4 months ago

    Matt Taibbi is actually the coolest

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  • SHWN SHTS 4 months ago

    WHY WHY WHY DO WE ALLOW THIS BULLSHIT?! Why would bailouts to stock markets even work? Doesn’t that negate the risk and thus negate the reward?! Oh yeah cause we are dumb and poor and desperate 👍

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  • Hav G Reso HGR 4 months ago

    Matt Taibi did not acknowledge the 1200 dollars if he is fair nor stock buybacks which was under Obama.

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  • Allen Tolman 4 months ago

    they use the bail out
    to gobble up the actually
    more solvent fair players
    below as monopolizing
    dinosaurs doubling
    down on corruption
    funneling increasing
    swaths by drift nets
    cast in the form of
    myopic bubble
    sweeps to the
    ill gotten gain
    hemorrhoidal
    pustules who
    claim to be
    modern day
    monarch tops
    dangling their
    abscessed pride
    marketed by dirty
    deal misnomer
    as mothers milk
    as the formula
    of deceit that
    props this
    foul whore
    demonstrates
    insanity as the
    unsustainable
    belief system
    that is destroying
    the delicate hearth
    of all matter sacred
    essentially so eco
    system trading
    alliance weave
    as cascading
    dominoes each
    day accelerate
    in for ever mass
    extinction falls
    becoming a mars
    like monoculture
    propped by pseudo
    science as the latest
    bad religion to colonize
    and enslave by mind
    fuckery as artificial
    consent forms so
    easily manipulated
    into arguing over the
    weather instead of
    directly addressing
    the entire foot print
    damage by basic
    math accounting
    literally beckoning catastrophe as the
    end result culling
    the herd by dire
    means bringing
    the ecosystem
    into balance the
    hard way instead
    of choosing to not
    continue the practice
    of over breeding in
    a finite resource
    environment
    prying apart
    artificial wounds
    then selling band
    aids that prevent
    healing as red flag
    symptom smothering
    illicit profiteering is
    unsustainable belief
    as false promised
    slaves belly up rube
    as half wits selling
    their soul to the
    easy street bidder
    choosing their
    charlatan
    provider
    offering
    track sweep
    servicing is
    yesterdays
    whore inc.
    the reward systems
    of black hole parasitic
    leeches destroying
    essentially sacred
    biosphere hosts
    the symbiosis
    living internally
    and externally
    as interdependent

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  • David Jervis 4 months ago

    Most of the money the government set aside is going towards bailing out companies……

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  • K T 4 months ago

    It’s just blatant robbery, when will Americans say enough is enough, yallare being robbed

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  • Walter Duranty 4 months ago

    “Matt Taibbi Realizes Democrats Are Authoritarian” 18 May 2020
    https://moonbattery.com/matt-taibbi-realizes-democrats-are-authoritarian/
    To the surprise of no countermoonbats, the Party of Big Government (i.e., the Democrat Party and its Siamese twin, the mainstream media) has revealed itself as the party of authoritarianism. Russiagate Obamagate and the ChiCom virus lockdowns have made this so obvious that even members of the liberal intelligentsia can’t help noticing — including Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, who has written a piece entitled “Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties: The Blue Party’s Trump-era Embrace of Authoritarianism Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s a Fatal Political Mistake.”
    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/democrats-have-abandoned-civil-liberties 15 May 2020
    Highlights:

    Politicians and pundits across the last four years have rolled their eyes at attorney-client privilege, the presumption of innocence, the right to face one’s accuser, the right to counsel and a host of other issues, regularly denouncing civil rights worries as red-herring excuses for Trumpism. …

    Blue-staters have gone from dismissing constitutional concerns as [a] Trumpian ruse to sneering at them, in the manner of French aristocrats, as evidence of proletarian mental defect.

    Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to the Covid-19 crisis, where the almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish. The aftereffects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive emergency measures and the problems some “dumb” Americans have had accepting them. …

    [T]he [Kung Flu] crisis is also raising serious civil liberties issues, from prisoners trapped in deadly conditions to profound questions about speech and assembly, the limits to surveillance and snitching, etc. If this disease is going to be in our lives for the foreseeable future, that makes it more urgent that we talk about what these rules will be, not less — yet the party I grew up supporting seems to have lost the ability to do so, and I don’t understand why.

    You can side with the bad guys. But you can’t side with the bad guys and pass yourself off to the mirror as a good guy. Not with today’s Democrats.

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  • Iron Candy 4 months ago

    I like the format… Invite guests… let em talk and stfu n wait.

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  • RubelliteFae 3 months ago

    Bill had the chance to challenge Pelosi about oversight, but softballed her

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