Exclusive Twitter Files emails and publicly available documents show Mehdi Hasan's accusation is false.
I love that Taibbi corrected the date error in his work, but Hasan has yet to correct this error in his work. It perfectly demonstrates the difference in journalistic integrity between an independent journalist and a mainstream news outlet.
Thanks for writing this -- it's too bad that Taibbi got railroaded into talking about this minor detail of his reporting instead of being able to focus on the key Twitter Files take-homes about the intertwined nature of federal agencies and social media networks. I really wish that Taibbi had simply responded with: "Thank you for bringing this to my attention -- I'll investigate and make any corrections as necessary after doing so. Now, would you like to comment on the meat of the story?"
Nice to see at least a handful of journalists weighing in on Taibbi's behalf.
Looking forward to seeing more from you on Substack. Just subscribed.
Thank you for bringing forth evidence that Taibbi didn’t lie. It’s too bad”news” organizations aren’t more easily dissuaded (charged with a crime) from making knowingly false claims.
Yeah, Matt later said on his 'America this week' podcast with Walter Kirn that he wasn't very happy with losing his temper on that interview, and said he could have handled that a lot better. I for one think that makes Matt more, not less, believable. He's just like us - trying to the best job he can, and occasionally getting flumoxed by someone who isn't bothered by little things like decency and truthfullness.
Lee, thanks for 'coming over to the dark side' where us 'deplorables' hang out. I was an engineer in the CIA for 25 years, and retired early because I could no longer handle the rampant idiocy and backstabbing. When I pulled the plug my wife and I were more than a little concerned about our ability to make it on the outside; we figured if worst came to worst we could share a work shift at McDonalds :). What we actually found though, was that in real life people thanked us for doing good work and respected (and rewarded - what a concept!) our skill sets - it was absolutely mind-blowing after all those years in the basement, being fed s...t and being told to like it. I'm telling you this long-winded story because I suspect you too will find that out here in the real world, we appreciate good, honest journalism, and while you might not get rich monetarily, your 'psychic income' will be MUCH higher! Welcome!
Welcome to Substack Lee - have followed your reporting for years, and glad to see you've found your way here. Thank you for your integrity and the perseverance with which you expose the truth - America needs real journalists like yourself & Matt Taibbi now more than ever.
Matt sent me. Welcome to the Stack.
I’m glad you’re here full time.
I'm really glad Fang finally moved to Substack.
It was getting annoying to qualify the fact that the The Intercept now sucks, with "save a few notable remaining journalists".
Also, slightly easier to objectify than Walter Kirn.
It is too bad to see another once reasonable person lured by fame and fortune. Was Hasan always as slippery as he now seems to be, or is it the opportunity to be the next Rachel Maddow that has changed him? Thanks for making it clear that with Hasan the reader must beware.
High praise from Matt Taibbi got me to subscribe, Welcome to Substack
So glad to see you on Substack. I have appreciated you over the years, but had stopped subscribing to the Intercept at the time Glenn Greenwald left.
Bravo and thank you, Lee
So glad you came to Substack as I love your work but refuse to read the Intercept anymore, especially after G. Greenwald left it.
Just in-- Hasan shows himself a craven and ignorant sleazeball...
Didn't know you left Theintercept
I paid for a year here. I hope substack works out for you and is fruitful.