Journalist Matt Taibbi was called out by Democratic Delegate Stacey Plaskett (USVI) on Sunday, after the latter suggested that no one was interested in revealing Taibbi’s sources.
The whole controversy stemmed from the conflict between Taibbi and Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) at a hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government last Thursday, where Garcia accused him of propagating “extreme MAGA Republican lies, misinformation, and outright conspiracy theories”.
He was referring to the tense exchange between himself and Garcia at the committee hearing in which the congresswoman pressed him to expose the source of his access to internal Twitter information, which became the focus of his famous “Twitter Files” investigations.
At the subcommittee hearing, Garcia denied that she was pressuring Taibbi to expose his sources.
But Taibbi turned the tables back on her. In response to her charges, Taibbi rebuked her for “badgering a non-MAGA, non-Republican journalist to give up a source”.
Plaskett then defended her fellow Democrat at the subcommittee hearing by claiming that no one had any interest in revealing Taibbi’s sources.
Your direct quote was, “Who gave you access to these emails?” https://t.co/uGq2dlWH78
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 12, 2023
However, video evidence from the hearing clearly demonstrated otherwise — during it, Plaskett had asked: “Who gave you access to these emails?
Who is the individual that gave you permission to access the emails?” Additionally, she followed up by inquiring if Elon Musk is his source.
Taibbi maintained his commitment to journalistic integrity and refused to answer any questions regarding his sources. In order to counter Plaskett’s claims, he used her own words as evidence against her; responding to her with: “Your direct quote was, ‘Who gave you access to these emails?'”.
ROLL THE TAPE. pic.twitter.com/JUVSuD0n61
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) March 9, 2023
See, this is something about Democrats that just gets on my nerves. They’re just the biggest hypocrites.
They claim something like this where they say that they’ve never asked for sources when they clearly have in front of everyone.