Matt Taibbi Looks To Fellow Journalists For Backup

Matt Taibbi Looks To Fellow Journalists For Backup

( – Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, threatened journalist Matt Taibbi with jail time in a letter over his testimony concerning the Twitter Files.

The letter was sent on April 13, where Plaskett highlights a Tweet from Taibbi that he posted during the release of the “Twitter Files” that had an error. One letter changed an acronym meant to call attention to the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a private organization, to CISA — the government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

In the letter, Plaskett threatens Taibbi with jail time over the typo claiming Taibbi had perjured himself on March 9 during his congressional testimony and “knowingly provided false information to this subcommittee.”

In fact, Matt Taibbi had corrected his error on Twitter and deleted the original mistake, and his statements to the Select Subcommittee were indeed accurate.

Taibbi wants to know where his colleagues stand in the character assassination he is currently enduring. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade interviewed him on Monday, April 24.

“I know this is a cliche, but can you imagine if something like this had happened in the Trump years? If Republicans had threatened somebody like Jim Acosta with five years in prison over a minor error that he didn’t even make in testimony before Congress?” Taibbi asked Kilmeade on Monday.

“You would have had every human rights organization on Earth complaining about it,” Taibbi continued, “but not a peep from my so-called colleagues in mainstream media over this outrageous abuse. It doesn’t matter what journalist it is, they should be upset about it because it could be them next.”

At least one journalist is calling attention to the preposterous nature of Plaskett’s assertion of Taibbi’s wrongdoing and has pointed to the facts in the statements Taibbi made.

Lee Fang, an independent journalist writing an investigative newsletter on Substack, has made public efforts on Taibbi’s behalf, pointing to the misrepresentation Plaskett made about his statements to the subcommittee in March. Plaskett’s statements are predicated on an interview Taibbi had with MSNBC host Medhi Hassan where he accused Taibbi, immediately after the interview aired, of mixing up the two acronyms intentionally.

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