Fact checkers! Who needs ’em?
That’s the takeaway from this Daily Beast interview with Matt Taibbi, where the Rolling Stone reporter reveals that his infamous line comparing Goldman Sachs to a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” came under scrutiny during the piece’s fact-checking stage.
It was originally much lower in the piece, I remember that. The other thing I remember is the fact checkers coming to me at one point and they almost killed the line because squids don’t have blood funnels. I was trying to explain that was part of what made it funny, but they were very insistent. I had to go over their heads on that one.
Our own Max Abelson reported this placement change in his interview with Mr. Taibbi.
But fact checkers! If Mr. Taibbi truly is the next Hunter Thompson, we can’t help but wonder what edits these guys suggested for his pieces. “Bats? Not in the daytime, Dr. Thompson!”