MSNBC anchor Mehdi Hasan was accused of plagiarizing content in a column after he got into a Twitter spat over accusations he made against journalist Matt Taibbi.
Investigative journalist Lee Fang made the accusations against the MSNBC host and posted his evidence in a Substack article.
"Mehdi Hasan doesn't just smear other journalists with lies and false accusations of bigotry to get ahead, he also has a history of stealing from them," wrote Fang.
Fang posted sections from a column by Hasan entitled, "No Harm in Spanking," that were remarkably similar to one entitled, "When to Spank," that had been previously published at U.S. News and World Report.
The journalist accused Hasan of committing "a clear violation of the simple ethics code outlined by the Society for Professional Journalists."
Fang said he looked into Hasan's background after the MSNBC host attacked him for defending Taibbi against claims that he had perjured himself during congressional testimony. Taibbi apparently mixed up two government organizations, mistaking CISA for CIS, but Fang has defended him on the grounds that his statements were still true apart from confusing one for the other.
In an interview on The Hill TV, Fang went on to excoriate Hasan for what he called a petty, personal attack against Taibbi.
"Matt Taibbi in one tweet mixed up an acronym and he quickly corrected the record," said Fang
"Mehdi has engaged in many lies in this whole process. The lying about never talking about the Hunter Biden laptop, he did. Lying about never reporting on this more scurrilous Russiagate allegations, he did. And then, the most serious allegation here is that Matt Taibbi lied under oath to Congress," he explained.
"This is a claim that Mehdi has repeated over and over again. Again this is perjury, this is serious stuff," Fang concluded. "This is kind of very petty, personalized attacks that aren't true."
Democrats have since taken up the accusation of perjury against Taibbi in order to threaten him that he might face up to five years in prison if convicted of lying to Congress.
Taibbi has been under attack from the left since he published many of the "Twitter Files" containing emails and other private documents released by Elon Musk after he bought the popular social media platform.
Here's Fang talking about his claims against Hasan:
MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan PLAGIARIZED Pro-Spanking Column Nearly WORD-FOR-WORD: Lee Fang Reportswww.youtube.com
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