May 14, 2021 • 1HR 3M

New Useful Idiots: Abby Martin on Gaza, a Liz Cheney Surprise, the Grammar of Stabbing, and More Feces Fries

The maker of "Gaza Fights for Freedom" talks war between Israel and Palestine

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Matt Taibbi
Katie Halper
Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Matt Taibbi and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Join Matt and Katie as they examine important stories that have slipped through the cracks and what the media got wrong – and laugh about whatever is left to laugh about.
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Longtime friend-of-show Abby Martin, maker of the remarkable documentary Gaza Fights for Freedom, drops in for a Zoom chat to discuss the outbreak of hostilities in Israel. Included also in this week’s free episode of Useful Idiots:

— In “Democrats Suck,” Matt excitedly discusses a story about the Biden administration teaming with private entities to circumvent prohibitions on illegal surveillance, not realizing that no one cares about this nearly as much as he does;

— For “Republicans Suck,” Katie denounces the Liz Cheney story, but goes counter-intuitive: “The Republicans who don’t want her to lose her power, they suck,” she says, adding, “How’s that for a curveball?” The point being that Liz Cheney actually sort of sucks a lot and isn’t any kind of icon of awesomeness. Also, Katie works in a Bernie impression that makes powerful use of a James Adomian cadence technique;

— “Would you rather eat shit, or necrophile?” is a series of words that had never been written or spoken before in sentence form, at least not that Google could find. Those days are over, though, as we debate which is worse, eating French Fries made of human waste or having sex with a dead person. That conversation went about as expected, but it did take an interesting turn as we stopped to consider: is having sex with dead Henry Kissinger more repugnant than sex with the living version?

— A man fires a .50 caliber rifle in his backyard, things go bad, he makes a proud explanatory video, and lulz ensue;

— A 13-year-old cheerleader was stabbed a “horrific” number of times by Omar Sharif, and Katie makes sure the tragedy did not happen in vain;

— Israel bombs residential buildings in Gaza, and the hosts, and guest Abby Martin, haggle over the relative horribleness of Andrew Yangs tweet responses. Also, we seriously discuss America’s longstanding and apparently unshakeable support of the occupation.

All this, and more, on this week’s Useful Idiots.