Breitbart News reports that Democrats, led by Virgin Islands delegate Stacey Plaskett, are threatening independent journalist Matt Taibbi with prison time for his role in “Twitter Files” reporting, alleging — falsely — that he committed perjury.
Last week, as investigative journalist Lee Fang reported Thursday, Plaskett wrote to Taibbi, accusing him of committing perjury by claiming Twitter had worked with the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Plaskett cited a segment on the Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC, during which the host accused Taibbi of altering the acronym “CIS” to “CIS[A],” a claim Taibbi said may have been an error. Fang notes: “Taibbi has admitted mistaking CIS for CISA in a single tweet in one of his many threads, but his testimony to Congress was entirely different. Hasan deceptively conflated this quickly corrected tweet with Taibbi’s testimony.”
Plaskett cited Hasan’s erroneous fact-check in accusing Taibbi of committing perjury — which, she noted, is punishable by five years’ imprisonment.
As fellow independent journalist Glenn Greenwald — who is definitely no right-winger — noted, that was a more direct threat to freedom of the press than any insult President Trump ever hurled at the media.