I've been a fan of the journalist Matt Taibbi for a while now, though I cannot quite remember how I first came across his work. And I admit that I was not at all familiar with Michael Hastings until his bombshell of a story on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which essentially ended his military career (my post here). I mention these two journalists, because they have given me a reason really to pay attention to the political stories coming out of Rolling Stone magazine. Both of these guys have a no nonsense approach to their subjects that I truly appreciate, especially Taibbi.
I have two articles that I hope you will read. The first is from Taibbi, and it is an explanation as to why we likely will not see any real criminal prosecutions out of Wall Street (or even the right's beloved "Fannie and Freddie") for the Crash of '08. The second is from Hastings on a general's efforts to use propaganda to influence American members of Congress into continued financial support for aspects of the war in Afghanistan.
When I finished both articles, I was reminded that all too often the arguments between the regular folks on the left and the right are pretty useless. Between the antics of the super rich and the purveyors of the military-industrial complex (civilian and active duty), we are not paying attention to what is actually happening to our country, and all of us regular folks are bitching with one another over crumbs. And those who have tried to make the argument to look in the direction of those who mean truly to fuck us over are often dismissed completely. So, I will just keep trying to see if there are folks out there who are willing to report what's happening. Taibbi and Hastings are among those folks.
UPDATE 2.27.2011: Regarding Hastings, I found this post by Glenn Greenwald to be interesting, since we are now talking about another U.S. general. And here is a link to a post over at Huffington that covers Jon Stewart's take on what happened in the media the first time Hastings made a splash.