Must-see morning clip: Mark Leibovich talks D.C. culture on "The Daily Show"

He describes it as "a permanent feudal class"

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 30, 2013 2:57PM (EDT)

On "The Daily Show," John Oliver describes New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich's new book about D.C. culture, "This Town," as "funny, interesting and demoralizing."

"People generally have a low opinion about Washington," says Oliver. "And this book seems to point out that that low opinion might be too high."

"Washington has become this place that people don't leave," explains Leibovich. "It has become this permanent feudal class."

Leibovich's book analyzes the perversion of "a city built on public service," that explicitly sustains itself on its dysfunction. "It's the wealthiest community in the United States and the rest of the country has struggled in concert with it and there's just been this tipping point of self-celebration that I wanted to chronicle," he told Oliver.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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