Journalist Lee Fang on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann in 2012
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Lee Fang (born December 12, 1986) is an American journalist. He is currently an investigative reporter at The Intercept, an online publication created and funded by Pierre Omidyar. Previously, he was a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer at The Nation. Fang was also a writer at progressive outlet the Republic Report. He started his career as an investigative blogger for ThinkProgress.
Early life and career
Fang's hometown is in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating with a B.A. in government and politics in 2009. In college, Fang served as President of the Federation of Maryland College Democrats, editor of the Maryland College Democrat blog, and on the Campus Progress Advisory Board. Fang interned with ThinkProgress and served as a researcher for Progressive Accountability. As an undergraduate, Fang also interned for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), for progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America, and for the lobbying firm Westin Rinehart.
United States Chamber of Commerce article
An article posted on ThinkProgress on October 5, 2010, authored by Fang, attracted attention and some controversy. Fang wrote a story where he alleged that the United States Chamber of Commerce funded political attack campaigns from its general fund, which solicits funds from foreign sources. Fang stated that the Chamber is "likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections."
The fact-checking website FactCheck.org analyzed the claim that "foreign corporations are 'stealing our democracy' with secret, illegal contributions funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," noting that ThinkProgress made the initial allegations. FactCheck concluded that "It’s a claim with little basis in fact." Others also questioned the claims made in the article. Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times wrote that the article "provided no evidence that the money generated overseas had been used in United States campaigns."
Reporting on Koch Industries
In April 2011, Fang wrote an article titled "The Contango Game: How Koch Industries Manipulates The Oil Market For Profit," in which he said "Koch Industries occupies a unique role in manipulating the oil market." The story was picked up by CBS.
Fang had previously written about Charles and David Koch, and he was involved with a Robert Greenwald documentary titled Koch Brothers Exposed. In March 2011, he revealed that New Media Strategies, a firm employed by the Kochs, had been caught manipulating Wikipedia content and were banned from the website for sockpuppetry. Politico wrote that "Fang’s relentless chronicling of the Koch brothers have made him something of a star on the left," while noting his "efforts to portray the political activities of the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch as motivated by a desire to boost their profits - an argument even some liberals reject as an overly simplistic caricature."
Fang has been described as a "liberal" by The New York Times, and as both "liberal" and "progressive" by Salon. According to Fang, "I like hanging out with fully grassroots Tea Party activists because, for the most part, whatever their motivations are, they’re just upset about society and they want to do something about it which, at the core, I respect even though I pretty much disagree with their worldview."
- Lee Fang, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, New York: The New Press, 2013.
- Reed, Betsy (February 4, 2015). "Welcome to The Intercept, Lee Fang". The Intercept. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Lee Fang". The Republic Report. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Lee Fang". The Intercept. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Shakir, Faiz. "Farewell to our Friends and Colleagues Matt Yglesias and Lee Fang". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Lee Fang". ThinkProgress. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Kredo, Adam (July 31, 2012). "High Times at the Nation". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Student Advisory Board (2006-2007)". Generation Progress. Generation Progress. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Shakir, Faiz (November 19, 2011). "Farewell To Our Friends And Colleagues Matt Yglesias And Lee Fang". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Julia La Roche (2011-10-10). "Blogger Tries To Smear Occupy Wall Street Critics By Tying Them To A Hedge Funder". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- Ungerleider, Neal (2011-09-21). "Occupy Wall Street: Tahrir Over Here?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- Fang, Lee. "Exclusive: Foreign-Funded 'U.S.' Chamber of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads". ThinkProgress.Org.
- Stein, Sam (5 October 2010). "MoveOn Asks DoJ To Launch Criminal Investigation Of Chamber's Funding". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Foreign Money? Really?". FactCheck.org. October 11, 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- Lichtblau, Eric (8 October 2010). "Topic of Foreign Money in U.S. Races Hits Hustings". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Fang, Lee (2011-04-13). "The Contango Game: How Koch Industries Manipulates The Oil Market For Profit". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- Sherter, Alain (April 15, 2011). "Contango Lesson: How Koch Industries Raises Gas Prices". CBS. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Cynthia Stead (2011-04-21). "Revealing insights in media reform". CapeCodOnline.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- People and Power (March 29, 2012). "The Koch Brothers - People & Power". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Lee Fang". Koch Brothers Exposed. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- Koch Industries Employs PR Firm To Airbrush Wikipedia, Gets Banned For Unethical ‘Sock Puppets’, Think Progress, Lee Fang, March 9, 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- Smith, Ben; Vogel, Kenneth (April 12, 2011). "Center for American Progress news team takes aim at GOP". Politico. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- Rutenberg, Jim (February 23, 2013). "A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Greenwald, Glenn (July 30, 2012). "Free speech and donations". Salon. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Lee Fang talks about his book "The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right" & corporatist influence in the U.S." Eclectablog. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- Fang, Lee (2013). The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right. New York. ISBN 9781595586391.