Vanity Fair profiles The eXile: "Gutsy...visceral...serious journalism...abusive, defamatory...poignant...paranoid...and right!"
MSNBC: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America
eXiled Alert! / August 11, 2012
By Team eXiled

Check out Yasha Levine’s new Kindle book: The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell. The book expands on S.H.A.M.E.’s initial investigation into the life and journalistic corruption of New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell, providing new information and plenty of examples of his covert, pay-to-play corporate advocacy that you won’t find anywhere else.

It’s only $2.99. Support the S.H.A.M.E. Project. Buy the book today!

From the description:

It may be hard to imagine that Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for the New Yorker and bestselling author beloved by millions of readers, could be a crooked propagandist for some of the most toxic and destructive industries on the planet. Investigative journalist Yasha Levine didn’t think it was possible, either—at least not until he happened to stumble across an old article by Gladwell defending the tobacco industry, and discovered a paper trail that led him to the shocking truth…

Levine presents well-sourced evidence showing that Gladwell spent his entire career systematically and unapologetically shilling for Big Tobacco, Pharma, health insurance companies and defending Wall Street financial fraud, all while earning seven figures as one of the most sought-after corporate speakers in America, frequently being paid by the same companies and industries that he covers as a journalist. Levine unravels years of Gladwell’s work as a covert propagandist, and analyzes the techniques Gladwell uses to confuse readers, redirect their attention and slyly rewrite history for the benefit of his sponsors—without anyone getting wise to his racket.

Read more…

Read more:, Team eXiled, eXiled Alert!

Got something to say to us? Then send us a letter.

Want us to stick around? Donate to The eXiled.

Twitter twerps can follow us at


Add your own

  • 1. Greg L  |  August 11th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This was exactly how I thought this might be been packaged, when I first read it! I purchased/read Alex Pareene’s book on Mitt Romney, and this S.H.A.M.E. Project series also seemed ideal for the Kindle format (already purchased it before writing this)…

  • 2. DF Sayers  |  August 11th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Your link to the CEPR article about the NYT on Italy/labor costs misses the point, here’s a better argument about it:

    Oh, and what is wrong with you hip liberals these days? Gimme a damn PDF, I was about to buy it since I haven’t donated. But I don’t have a kindle and I won’t be purchasing one since its superfluous.

    I’ll donate if you fix your punctuation! “Have you no shame!” is obviously a question but it reads like some bizarre command.


    It is a command you shameless skinflint. It means send us some fucking money for making you smarter before you offer more retarded advice like this.

  • 3. rick  |  August 11th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I guess–seems a bit melodramatic, especially when his overall sales concept (“SELL to ‘How to Make Friends and Influence People” people) is kind of the main, funny thing to critique, especially since he’s so smart. Getting speaking gigs from the “Influence People!” set is just expected. Also the guy’s almost a genius, I’m guilty-remiss not mentioning it–his books are really good and insightful. Trying to paint him as “corporate stooge” is gutter-liberal crap–but you guys embraced gutter-liberal crap, as opposed to straightforward and robust, healthy misanthropy. You turned away from universal hatred (because for example you should hate universal healthcare just as much the people who want you to pay up $500,000 for medical care or just die on the street like a fucking dog), because you wanted to get Matt Taibbi liberal gigs, “sell-outs.” Entertaining, valid literary bile is more important to me than politics. Destroy something “beautiful,” eXholes. In summation, all I really wanted to say is that even though I myself am I whiner and am too fucking cheap to dish out a measly $2.99 for an ebook, I do not suggest that anyone else follow in my footsteps.

  • 4. Al  |  August 11th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That afro of his is so…. hypnotizing.

    Can you guys appear on The Daily Show? Or maybe Current TV?

  • 5. Bat-Mite  |  August 11th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    @4 If you think Ames or Levine would be allowed anywhere near the Daily Show after Ames correctly identified the Rally to Restore Sanity as being a piece of shit and calling Jon Stewart a clown, then, well, you clearly never read that article.

  • 6. Dumb Trucks  |  August 11th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Just picked it up – wanted to say thanks for the many links to further material such as SourceWatch, which make this book indispensable when discussing Gladwell (and may I never have to do so again).

  • 7. Al  |  August 12th, 2012 at 11:21 am


    If Jon Stewart can let human excrement like Rumsfield, Condooleza and Tony Blair and Bill O’Reilly on his show while he butt-smooches them, it’d be complete fucking hypocrisy for him to be too uppity to let Ames on the show.

    Hell, may as well give it a shot just for the hell of it.

  • 8. Patriot  |  August 12th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I’d pay money to see an Ames/Stewart debate.

  • 9. Heywood Jablowme  |  August 12th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    the WSJ’s Stephen Moore is probably too easy a target, but a necessary one. So is CNN’s Ali Velshi, married to a hedge-fund manager he interviewed once as the host of Your Money.

    And that ex-Pentagon officer, the douchetastic Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace (produced by American Public Media, API, not actually NPR but everyone thinks public radio is NPR)needs a good hammering. Marketplace is soft rock infotainment for people who don’t want to learn anything that might change them. They want that smug alternate learning, to be “informed”.

  • 10. zhubajie  |  August 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    “Have you no shame!”

    No, Gladwell et al. have no shame. They neither fear God nor regard man.

  • 11. zhubajie  |  August 12th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Levine, Ames, I look forward to the day when you publish something like Suetonius’ _Lives of the Twelve Caesars_. Call it _Lives of the 100 Worst Shills_ or something.


  • 12. Palmer Eldritch  |  August 13th, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Good point, Zhu. But do you not believe in the fallen and degraded world?

  • 13. aPeasant  |  August 13th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hey DF you cheap bastard, give me an email and I’ll buy you a copy of the book. I hope in pursuit of more education you the learn to put your money where your piehole is. And my punctuation sucks ’cause I’ve been wearing workboots my 2 decades of working hell.

    Your WSJ subscription is superfluous, by the way.

  • 14. DR  |  August 13th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Dudes, and let’s not forget the War Nerd !

  • 15. zhubajie  |  August 13th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    @12, Palmer Eldritch, I believe in Total Depravity, with the present day USA as exhibit #1. It will never get better, but it will never get worse, either.

Leave a Comment

(Open to all. Comments can and will be censored at whim and without warning.)


Required, hidden

Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed