Dem Congresswoman Takes Shot At Twitter Files Journalist. He Immediately Shreds Her. | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    Veteran journalist Matt Taibbi gave a House Democrat a piece of his mind and a portion of his resume after she mocked his credentials at a contentious Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.

    The exchange with Rep. Stacey Plaskett, (D-VI), came in a hearing held by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH), whose subcommittee on the weaponization of government is looking into the Federal Trade Commission's treatment of Twitter. Plaskett was preparing to question Taibbi and fellow journalist Michael Schellenberger, two of the independent journalists to whom Twitter owner Elon Musk turned over damning internal communications from before he bought the platform.

    "This isn't just about what data was given to these so-called journalists before us now," Plaskett said. "There are many legitimate questions about where Musk got the financing to buy Twitter."

    Taibbi waited patiently for his chance to speak, and then defended the reputation he has built as a journalist for over three decades.

    "I'm not a 'so-called journalist,'" Taibbi said. "I've won the National Magazine Award, the IF Stone award for independent journalism, and I've written 10 books, including four New York Times best-sellers."

    The combative hearing followed Jordan's release of an 18-page report that included excerpts of letters from the FTC to Twitter. The Ohio lawmaker accused the FTC of "orchestrating an aggressive campaign to harass Twitter" in an act of "partisan pressure to target Twitter and silence Musk."

    The FTC, which has been probing Twitter since before Musk bought the company, recently demanded that Twitter reveal the names of all journalists who have been given access to internal Twitter communications. The probe began after a whistleblower complained that Twitter had violated a 2011 settlement that imposed privacy safeguards.

    Plaskett, a non-voting member of the House and the panel's ranking member, pressed Taibbi and Schellenberger about how they vetted internal Twitter emails and instant messages. The pair, along with Bari Weiss, through their "Twitter Files" series, have helped reveal how Twitter worked with government agencies including the FBI to suppress conservatives on the platform.

    Plaskett appeared to be demanding to know who Taibbi had spoken with inside the company, but the 30-year journalist firmly declined to reveal his sources. When she told him that the Substack and Twitter threads he composed on his findings represented his subjective selection of information, Taibbi replied that the same could be said of virtually any news story.

    Jordan chastised Plaskett for trying to force a journalist to name sources, which Plaskett denied doing.

    "I just think this is interesting," Jordan said. "First the FTC is asking for your backgrounds, and now the ranking member on the Committee on the Weaponization of Government is asking for your sources."

Where do you stand on the wanton censorship by Big Tech Platforms, while retaining their Section 230 carveout indemnifying them for Slander /Defamation lawsuits and Copyright infringements?
  Big Tech Platforms have the right to Censor all speech providing they voluntarily relinquish their Section 230 Carveout.
  Big Tech Platforms DO NOT have the right to Censor any speech, while retaining multiple indemnifications by virtue of the Section 230 Carveout.
  I know nothing of this 230 talk, but "I do love me some social media".
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Considering how abjectly corrupt and civilly abusive the Left has become regarding the corrosive effect of their elected leaders; their entrenched and ruling bureaucracy; employing their failed Education Industry as Indoctrinators; their collusive private sector operators, such as the terminally discredited Legacy Media and Big Tech censorship of Free Speech: What will be the best course forward for hardworking Middle Americans, including the Patriot Class?
  Withdraw from society, go underground and plan for a resurgence when it is feasible to do so.
  Work within the confines of better policy by the People's government, once good sense and sanity is restored in the electorate at large, to achieve such.
  Are you a crazy, nut-job Insurrectionist? Everything is perfect within our plan to achieve our intended goals for the Socialist Left.
  Secession to form a true Constitutional Republic.
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Understanding that this fragile Republic of the self-governed is in a precarious space in our nation's vast history: What is your honor bound patriotic duty in helping to sustain the continuance of these United States of America?
  I will depend on my Democratic Socialist politicians to continue to march hard toward the Left to provide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for all who think and do as they are told.
  I will defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and support all elected leaders who pledge to protect and insure the continued sovereignty of this Representative Republic.
  I am very concerned about maintaining my current life style without working. I was told that as long as I vote Democrat, I had nothing to worry about ... but now I worry.
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