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These days being a member of the "press" simply means telling lies that benefit the uniparty in general and the democrats in particular. The better/more you lie for the establishment, the more you are rewarded.

Hasan is (yet another) perfect example.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

It is a hard interview to watch, but Hasan came off like a bully, and you seemed like a soft-spoken person under attack. To see it a different way is to see it through a partisan lens.

Remember the early days of Fox News, where they'd have the macho conservative bully screaming over the soft-spoken liberal, who couldn't get a word in? It was that, but with Hasan recast as the arch-conservative bully, and honestly, that's what he is.

(But god bless Lee Fang for being the aggressor, so you don't have to be. And he seems such a mild-mannered type himself!)

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Many readers recognize the historic act of writing these pieces. It’s not a surprise that Mr. Fang has stepped in with corrective action. You are not alone in seeking the truth and many are equipped to help handle the heat. This piece is bigger than just you. So buckle up because you sure did start something. And we all know you’re feeling the heat of the spotlight. You’re not alone.

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"I knew from the start the Twitter project would be a high-wire act, and I don’t get to blame anyone else for slipping."

This is the kind of attitude that sets you apart from the MSM grifters like Mehdi Hasan and will keep me subscribed to you for a long time to come.

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Right between the eyes. Well done, Lee Fang.

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Matt, you are a fantastic journalist. Hassan is a plagiaristic hack. I went out to Twitter to pop off at Hassan and found Lee Fang already there.

Racket 1, MSNBC 0. And it wasn’t even close.

Also, I may subscribe to Fang’s Substack just to stay on his good side...LOL. Seriously, I am a paying subscriber to support his reporting.

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Ugh. Racket news is doing a great job, which just means more of Hack News networks like MSNBC will be trying to cancel you.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

"Short of jumping in a DeLorean and time-flying back to cancel, few ideas presented themselves. "

You did what you were supposed to. You corrected any actual factual errors immediately and transparently and defended things that were originally correct.

If an accidental acronym swap was the best that they could come up with, then the reporting was pretty solid.

I do think it's unfortunate that the situation with Twitter and Substack turned into a "Taibbi vs Musk" story, but your piece about it explained it pretty clearly from your side and that's just how the MSM was going to cover anything like that to help drive clicks and deflect from the content of the Twitter files.

Hate, Inc. indeed.

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It really is enjoyable these days to watch independent journalists easily call out the hacks at dying legacy media for being useful tools of state propaganda. Hassan is a hack that's always been clear, but now we know he's a plagiaristic hack, who grovels to be a lapdog to whoever will pay him, and cries wolf when anyone calls him out for being full of bs.

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I only have about 1000 followers on Twitter but I tweeted this:

Mehdi Hasan Plagiarized Pro-Spanking Column from Lynn Rosellini and Anna Mulrine in their news article on the topic for U.S. News and World Report--April 13,1998 @usnews @mehdirhasan

The article is not online but it is in libraries and reprinted by @lhfang at his Substack newletter.

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Lee took down Hasan like someone scraping shit off his boot. Exquisite.

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Matt knew exactly what he was facing, but Matt is a great writer and thinker....not a dueling fast spewing tv head who uses interruptions and false asides to ambush the narrative. Don’t bother with these jackasses. There’s zero to feel bad about. Class always wins. Love Lee Fangs beat down and am considering subscription.

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Big amplification----Megyn Kelly has 2.7 followers on Twitter and just tweeted Lee Fang's Tweet about Hasan. https://twitter.com/megynkelly

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freakin Lee rocked hard! Thanks Lee!

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Matt - the central question to Mehdi Hasan (which wasn’t asked) is:

Do you have any concerns about our “government” exercising total control over what people know?

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HO-LEE SHIT!

I must admit that I haven't followed much of the news lately (outside Substack). But Lee Fangs rapid-fire unraveling of Hasans repeated plagiarism (and outright lying) over the years was a fun to read!

Frankly, I don't see how that lying hack can keep a job in journalism after reading this...

You're right Matt - Lee Fang is someone you sure don't want to piss off!

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Matt, IMO you give Hasan too much credit. There are those who were never going to believe. Now you know that next time you should be on your home turf. In the meantime, please stop letting Hasan live rent free in your head. That real estate is too valuable to waste.

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Can't imagine the fucking frustration and flat-out rage that would be coursing thru me if I were you...

Breathe, kiss the wife, hug the kids, and know, really bone-deep know that you are on the right side of history. Many, many, many Americans are grateful for your work and your backbone.

BTW Your line the other day about "...enough rage to start a car..." is now part of regular conversations with so many of my friends and peers. We're all there.

Keep giving 'em Hell.

They deserve it.

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Never upset Lee Fang but definitely subscribe to his Substack.

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If your agreement allows it, good next steps are to re-write and re-publish the older twitter files as written prose. The twitter stream format is hard to read and much less effective. Then continue digging and finding stories.

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I ran into Mehdi Hasan for the first time on Twitter last summer, and he reminded me of the type of characters that Mr. Pickwick referred to as "pettifogging rogues and rascals" in one of his inimitable streams of invective in "The Pickwick Papers." He was referring to the morally bereft attorneys Messrs. Dodson and Fogg, but certain types endlessly recur throughout history, repackaged by The Prince of Lies himself, to fit more comfortably into the era in which they have been thrown.

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Lee Fang doing journalism. Well done sir, well done. Hasan has proven again and again that he is a grifter of the elites and he will say and do anything to get in their favour

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This was a joy to read. Not only for being a well organized, well researched, thoroughly lucid take down of someone totally deserving of being shamed for his phony, arrogant journalism, but because it is so VERY well written. Smooth sailing to the destination, from start to finish.

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I suspect you've seen this already, but Freddie deBoer summed up the Hasan's of the world pretty clearly in this piece:

"It's All Just Displacement

Blue checkmarks are mourning bad careers in a broken industry

Freddie deBoer

Mar 22, 2021"

https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/its-all-just-displacement

See also the reaction to you from Gladwell in the Monk debate, which again was won by the largest margin in the history of the debates. Everyone knows what's really going on with legacy media. As it gets worse, they will lash out more and more.

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Wow. Lee has real fangs!

It does not take much emotional intelligence to recognize that Hasan is scum. But this paints a picture of Hasan being even worse.

We should not be too surprised as this is the standard for the left media. My guess is that a similar profile could be done on most of the CNN and MSNBC talking heads. Low capability and lazy charlatans that brown nose their way to the top.

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Hasan is insufferable

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I like this Lee guy. Wow! I'm inspired when I see people fight back.

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Thanks for getting him to join us. He's beyond worthwhile.

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Now that was a takedown! Bravo Lee Fang! Wow!

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Apr 19, 2023·edited Apr 19, 2023

There is something so morally grotesque about all these upper-caste Brahmins coming to the West, scoring fantastic jobs and sinecures, living and thriving here, and then whining about the phantasm called White Supremacy and screaming Racist! every time they're cornered in an argument.

I can't speak for Britain, but here in America we have a very painful history based on the racist oppression of Black people, an entire body of Civil Rights law and other structures set up to counter this, and for shameless opportunists to cry Racist! for clicks and tenure is just pure Stolen Valor from African-Americans, a desperate sweaty attempt to play Oppressed because that's the latest fast track to exalted status.

Every time someone like Hasan belabors the bigotry accusation, takes away more of its sting and turns it into just another weapon in the culture war, he makes it less likely that someone who faces actual discrimination is heeded, and takes the serious issue of racism against American blacks and trivializes it.

I may just be getting old and cynical, but I'm starting to think that those who pose as "defenders of the oppressed" use their supposed morality and compassion as another shameless way to gain money and status.

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Good thinking. Someone ought also to suggest to Mehdi Hasan to never, again, upset Lee Fang. Hasan's name meant nothing to me when I read comments about your interview with him, but having read Fang's description of what an opportunist Hasan is. and has been, I won't be foregetting it.

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My teacher (a teller of truths) once joked the best approach is to tell the truth and then quickly leave town. My hope for you and the other truth tellers is you will become stronger and better from the experience because you are fortified with integrity.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

Y'all been punk'd by the narrative and the evil cabal behind it that pulls all the strings. Hang tough brother! We're all with you. We see, admire, and support the courage you continue to bring to the mission that serves us all!!

peace love

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You did an excellent job with the Twitter files. You should be proud of yourself. What ever anyone tries to criticize you or fines fault is to be expected. This is a world of criticism and jealousy. Just try, hard as it may be, to not become “them”. Hate and anger is not the answer. Mr Musk gave you a job and you excepted it. Good for both of you.

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Hi Matt--I've noticed you suffer some from my ailment--I'm much better with the pen than I am a speaker. The words flow through my fingers, not directly out of my mouth. And these appearances are unbelievably stressful. I can see at times these people are intimidating you when you are twice as smart as they are. It's hard to remedy this other than once you really believe how smart you really are, you are quicker on your feet.

You also fight fair--you stick to debating issues--,afford everyone respect-- instead of dealing in ad hominem attacks. I think Lee Fang is justified to respond to this guy as he did because of his behavior. And because he's defending YOU.

But that has never been your way. I think people understand that.

So you need to hang in there and don't let these assholes get to you--easier said than done.

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I had no idea what a Mehdi Hasan was until you posted your debate(?) so I can't say that his opinion carries much weight.

And while I understand that The Twitter Files was an important story that generated mostly smears and dismissals please don't fall into the Lenny Bruce trap where you come on stage & just read the transcripts of your trials & tribulations over & over.

What happened to you is happening to everyone who points out that, not only does the emperor have no clothes, he's also incontinent and has a dribble of liquid shit running down his leg.

Seymour Hersh's story about an embezzling Zelensk who is buying cut rate oil from the Russians also included info about how his cronies are falling all over themselves setting up shell companies so they can sell those lovely western weapons on the black market. I think Hersh's estimate was that 30% of the weapons make the battlefield while 70% are resold.

From what I can tell that story also generated complete silence from the MSM.

Maybe, from this point on, you should just admit that you're not going to guilt or debate any of these MSM journalists into admitting they're corporate hacks & shit journalists. I'm pretty sure that they know that they're shoveling manure, they just don't care. And why should they? Mainstream media manure shoveling appears to a very lucrative career move. And if their audience hasn't caught on by now that they're being lied to on a regular basis they never will.

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Is anyone left at The Intercept? Jeremy Scahil?

I once claimed it as my favorite online news source, but came to realize I only liked Glen's reporting on Snowden stuff, Lee's stuff on all the digital espionage and Jeremy's podcast. It fell off my radar at some point and...well, whattayaknow...the gang's all here. #substackisthefuture

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So, to put it bluntly, according to Fang's evidence, Medhi is a whore. Or, to be thorough, a non white Muslim, whore.

Seems to pay well. Where did I go wrong.

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When I read Fang's latest, all I could hear was: Kaaaaa BOOOM!

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If anyone accuses someone of lying under oath, they better be able to right there prove it! Otherwise they are just rotten wantonly-lying individuals, due no respect. Who will of course, lie again.

After watching how you were treated by the Dems at the Congressional hearing it should be obvious to all that the gloves are off. There is no respect, fond recollections or camaraderie. There is only a perceived threat to the power structure goal.

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Glad he's on our team ("our" being seekers of truth)! Kudos to him and to you. We need you to fight against these lies.

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Fang delivers a spanking. Hasan does not the meet minimum requirements of rational discussion and debate. In his version of 'debate' he is just a crude pettifogger whose engagement with political facts and arguments is so shallow and brittle that he is forced to disrupt his opponent's speech to avoid confrontation with fully fledged positions. There is a chapter in his book called 'Beware the Gish Galloper,' which is sad and ironic.

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Mehdi's a hack. Of course, the Left ate it up, as if a typo and an acronym mistake invalidated months work of journalistic effort. But the seeds are planted. More and more people will red pill.

On a different note, Matt - please don't leave Twitter! I feel like my parents are fighting! Don't get a divorce...what did we do wrong? We won't do it again, we promise!

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I wouldn't be too angry, besides the initial outrage. Mehdi Hasan is a mass media talking tool. I thought Bill Maher's ambush of Matt a while back was more objectionable. The underlying grievance, or point of the attack, was aimed at Independent Journalism, which people like Hasan are incapable of, thus professionally jealous. If Mehdi were remotely honest, he would have led off with the Modi stuff, which means geopolitics, a conversation that would have quickly exposed his own Right-Wing hack stripes. MSNBC, make no mistake, is a Neo-Con network..."War! War! War!"

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Henceforth, this hack shall be known as 'the plagiarist Mehdi Hasan.' When challenged, simply share Lee Fang's article.

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Matt, if you haven't seen it yet you should check out this short video compilation by Turncoat Don, taken from your interview with Mehdi. By deleting all the garbage spewed by Mehdi, Don highlights your strongest, pithiest points, with each of them landing as literal punches at Mehdi:

https://twitter.com/TurncoatD/status/1644795611760451584?s=20

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Fang delivers a spanking. Hasan does not the meet minimum requirements of rational discussion and debate. In his version of 'debate' he is just a crude pettifogger whose engagement with political facts and arguments is so shallow and brittle that he is forced to disrupt his opponents speech to avoid confrontation with fully fledged positions. There is a chapter in his book called 'Beware the Gish Galloper,' which is sad and ironic.

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He f’ing owned the POS in his article. Nailed it.

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“remind me never to upset Lee Fang” ...word

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New paying Sub here at the $5 a month level, in Thanks for taking on AND exposing the extents that MSNBC is a government sponsored operation, 1984 on steroids of Bigotry we could not have imagined even 3 years ago. Hasan's Epstein-cabal handlers NEED us to look away from their Constitutional violations and illegal activities in child sex-trafficking and money laundering. We the People stand WITH you Matt, they SHALL NOT get another journo like you or Assange into a cell. Go on their shows and show them the teeth and knives, we're with you 110%

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