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Mehdi Hasan Is Relentless in His Interviews with Trump Proxies

October 20, 2019

-I’m so happy to have you here.
-Happy to be here. I want to start
by showing a clip for those who are here who maybe
aren’t familiar with your work. You interviewed —
What is he, you said? -A Trump campaign adviser. -Yes, in charge
of re-election, I guess. -Yes.
-And you interviewed him in a way that many have said, “This is the template
for talking to people within the Trump sphere,” and I just want
to show it real quick. Let’s take a look. -He said during the campaign that there’s six to seven
steel facilities that are gonna be opened up.
There are none. U.S. Steel has not announced
any facilities. Why did he say they’ve announced
new facilities? That’s a lie, isn’t it? -No, it isn’t, because there are
a lot of companies opening up. There are steel facilities
that are gonna be opening up. -No, no. Sorry.
Sorry, Steven. That’s not what he said.
I know it’s difficult for you. I know you want
to try and defend him. But let me read the quote
to you. “U.S. Steel just announced that they’re building
six new steel mills.” That’s a very specific claim. U.S. Steel have not announced
six new steel mills. They have said they’ve not
announced six new steel mills. There’s no evidence
of six new steel mills. He just made it up. -The American people
are doing well. -That’s fine. The American people
can be doing well, and the President can be a liar. There’s no contradiction
between those two statements. [ Cheers and applause ]
-So, well done. Do you think — I don’t want to — I don’t want to put you
inside his head, but do you think
he was unexpected for how prepared you were? What do you think
was happening there? -I think so. And to be fair
to Steve Rogers — that’s his name —
he’s a very nice guy and, you know,
good sport about it. But he does Fox News
most of his time. And if he does
do other cable news channels, it’s the same problem
everywhere. Unfortunately, interviewers
on U.S. television tend to have limited time,
limited resources, and just want to keep
moving things along. And when I interview people,
I try not to move along. I don’t want to move on. I want to stick to it
and try and get an answer. That’s my job. -Well, I think one of the things
you did that was so nice is, again, there’s so much
happening in the Trump campaign that, I think, oftentimes,
as an interviewer, you’re caught with, “I want to hit
11 different topics.” You stayed on one thing. -I was like, “The lies.
Let’s go with the lies.” There’s six and a half
thousand of them. I’ll pick three or four. -But, you know,
and that makes it — I think they are hoping
and waiting for you to move onto the next thing. -There’s a bit in the clip,
which you don’t see. He actually says to me
at the end, he goes, “Let’s just move on.
Ask me another question.” [ Laughter ] I’m not gonna do that. And the problem is,
look, most people would move on because it’s — it’s uneasy. It’s not easy to go up and to just keep asking someone
the same question. I don’t like doing it. You have to relentlessly
keep asking the same question, keep asking for answers,
not moving on, getting in people’s face —
That’s rude, right? Seth, you don’t want to be rude
to your guests. -Of course not.
-It’s socially awkward. And we’re taught
not to be like that. Although I’m British, I’m rude and socially awkward
to begin with. So I may have an advantage
over some Americans. -But what are the differences
that you’ve seen in how the U.K. press
and the U.S. press deals with power? -That’s a very good question,
and I think you guys — Definitely,
there’s a cultural issue. You guys had your revolution,
War of Independence. You kicked the Brits out. And yet, weirdly, you’re
more deferential to power, I would argue, than we are. You know, the President
walks into the East Room of the White House, and the White House press corps
stands up, which I find — British journalists,
for all their sins, would not stand up if the Prime Minister
comes into the room. They’d be lucky to even
pay attention sometimes. You guys have this thing
where it’s kind of Banana Republic-esque,
where you allow your politicians to have their
job titles for life. So, do you remember in 2012, it was Governor Romney,
Governor Romney. Governor of what?
His backyard? He hadn’t been governor of
Massachusetts for five years. Secretary Albright,
Secretary Clinton, Mayor Giuliani,
Ambassador Bolton. If anyone here lost their job, they wouldn’t get to keep
the title the next day. Why do you do that? Why do you do that
with your politicians? It’s weird.
I just don’t get it.


  • Reply Ash 360 October 3, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Mehedi Hasan
    He is such a talented man who can prove anyone wrong

  • Reply Moha Haji October 5, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Mehdi should give lectures at the Universities on How to interview a politician. that would be great.

  • Reply David tiah October 5, 2019 at 8:05 am

    This guy is really good. Mehdi Hasan. I like listening to him and his British accent.

  • Reply bhindigosh1 October 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Its called preparedness folks. The media needs to learn from the best.

  • Reply Anie Dav October 6, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Mehdi Hassan – Journalism at its best. Relentless and thoroughly prepared with facts. Thank you Seth for interviewing Mr Hassan.

  • Reply dedoshucos October 6, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Mehdi Hassan DESTROYS interviewees on his Show Heat to Head
    My favorite is when he interviewed Charles Liu and Victor Gao and exposed China's CCP lies to the MAX:

  • Reply Nasty Ameri October 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    But isn’t you just took US NGO’s invalidated source of information to accuse Chinese Xinjiang education camp? You are no difference to fix news

  • Reply Stefan Gherghinoiu October 6, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    is this a jihadi jurnalist????

  • Reply dark lord October 6, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Mehdi hasan is a fucking terrorist he is not even American he Should be deported

  • Reply Ernesto Flores October 6, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Good question. Why do we do that?

  • Reply M N October 6, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    This man makes me proud to be a Muslim…

  • Reply Fairness Equality October 7, 2019 at 1:33 am

    This is how our poppet media should do an interview

  • Reply Fairness Equality October 7, 2019 at 1:37 am

    American media and the system are on the same payroll ,don’t ever expect press them ,even they do a little is all a show

  • Reply Isaac Greenough October 7, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Mehdi is a fuckin loser hey Mehdi I seen Mohammed sucking Allah off

  • Reply Ron Speedster October 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Hasan you are a dog headed man and you know how to bark 😂😏😉🤪
    Nope it's not a compliment.. 🙂

  • Reply Deputy Director LIEDA October 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Those in power must always be questioned rigorously. Remember, the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance! Good night, friends!

  • Reply Madroots October 7, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Who came here after seeing Trump’s America: Great again or big failure?

  • Reply Queue Eight October 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    This what a true journalist looks like and not the paid $$$hill lap dogs that we have with the corrupt corporate MSM .. hats off to Mehdi

  • Reply Gabby Kunga October 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    This smart journalist has the calibre for his well prepared data information. BUT he seems to buy into the so-called FAKE NEWS in favor of the noisy public and mainstream medias, which have mainly educated him.

  • Reply Arvind b October 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Come to India my boy

  • Reply Peter Nwokoye October 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I’ll pay anything to have Mehdi replace Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. It’s about time politicians actually met the press.

  • Reply DanteGhee October 7, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    People don’t like this guy because he is always loaded with facts, unlike Ben Shapiro

  • Reply Moses Tekper October 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    American journalists are feckless and unprepared for interviews

  • Reply Ravi Peiris October 7, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Impressive guy. Saw his Intelligence Squared debate about Islam too.

  • Reply Leo, Januszewski October 8, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Hasan is infidelophobic.

  • Reply Freddy Ang October 8, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Mr.Mehdi Hasan is the best interviewer in the Britain (and probably the world)… always maintain his integrity and and factually straight. He is an excellent orator and highly intelligent… I always pay attention to his works. Kudos to your presence in America… you made them looks so stupid.

  • Reply nur dill October 8, 2019 at 5:48 am

    he is in danger, being too open and fight against BS.

  • Reply Lordcron October 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

    NAILED IT!!!!

  • Reply Impeach Twitler October 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Love this journalist 🔥🧊👍

  • Reply stephen mathai October 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Mehdi Hasan is a Islamist supporter all the time and he supports the Islamization of america and what ever he speaks based of Islamic idea and the sharia law

  • Reply Earth+ October 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Though I agree with the first half of this video, the second half is not true at all. American Jurnalis may stand up for the president, but, Briton has a Royal family, and everyone stands up even for the Queen's grandchildren. What a joke is that.

  • Reply Juman B October 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I want him to debate Ben Shapiro…

  • Reply Datz nunayabeeznus October 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Hes an ass

  • Reply Danielle king October 8, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    politicians are often given a lot of deference in America some more than others and then theres fox news.In the U.K. Some political interviewers are too agressive and just try to trip up mps because it makes good radio and tv.There is a balance where by you dont let a politician fob you off with slogans or bullshit but you also let them use the rope you give them instead of beating them into sunbmission.

  • Reply The Falcon October 8, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Before you invite that dunce to your home make sure you lock away all your knives, swords and oh yea make DAM SURE you lock away your six year old daughter because these guys they defend a prophet who think under age girls should be his wife

  • Reply T K October 8, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Americans, sort yourselves out! No wonder an idiot like Trump can get elected and do whatever he likes.

  • Reply A A October 9, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Mehdi is the man.

  • Reply Huolalupin October 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    It is not possible to be a decent human being, let alone a decent journalist, and work for Al Jazeera. This is apparent every time Hassan opens his mouth.

  • Reply Jenjen 100000 October 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Hasan style of interviewing is normal in the UK, those Orange White House lackeys are lucky that it wasn't our rottweilers Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Mar or Andrew Neil.

  • Reply lyla debusy October 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    There is no discussion with Hasan. He makes up numbers or ignores facts, to fit his own agenda.

  • Reply Sabbir Uddin October 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you sir Mehdi Hasan

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  • Reply Samuel Clarkton October 9, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Trump haters with their irrational hatred against Trump are mentally unstable because they're out of touch with reality. Trump haters in fact have no sense of right and wrong or good and bad. Here's the reality. Under Trump administration, our economy is now doing well with a creation of almost 6 million jobs, which greatly helped the unemployment rate fall to 3.6% – the lowest in 50 years. Our stock market is doing great with Down Jones Index surpassing the 26,000 point mark. Experts predict, it would reach 30,000 points next year! Businesses in America are thriving. Our country GDP is doing well. Gasoline prices have been quite stable despite the instability of the oil production in the Persian Gulf. The ISIS was gone. The border wall is going up miles and miles day by day, and the birth tourism fraud is all going to end soon. Everything is going to be in place as Trump has promised. Truly deeply caring for America and the American people, Trump had set aside his good life of a billionaire to be unfairly viciously mocked and attacked by Democrats and fake news, in order to Make America Great Again and to Keep America Great. With his tireless efforts, Trump has been working tirelessly to bring pride back to America and energy back to the American people. All the countries in the world, including G7 are envying our country America for what Trump has been doing for all of us Americans. Now, the question is: What have Trump haters like Democrats and fake news done to help America and the American people so far? Nothing! In bed with China, Trump haters have been doing nothing, but stopping America from moving forward. Sadly with their irrational hatred against Trump, Trump haters continue blaming everything on Trump to demean and deflate him. With their irrational hatred against Trump, Trump haters are indeed all mentally ill having no sense of right and wrong or good and bad.

  • Reply CAS October 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    This man is our weapon against Trump BULLSHIT.

  • Reply Bias Detective October 10, 2019 at 3:08 am

    US journalists take note. This is what having balls sounds like.

  • Reply jon leonard October 10, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Mehdi is brilliant

  • Reply Doc_ Parichay October 10, 2019 at 5:36 am

    please come to India ! our media is Impotent

  • Reply Kristi H October 10, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Me hi is the worst
    He can't shut up after he asks a question

  • Reply John Lincoln October 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Mehdi HASAN – you should be the interviewer for the presidential debates – just you! My fellow citizens can then see the irony and mockery of this Administration!

  • Reply Douglas K. Young October 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Americans equate a title or even authority with expertise. Any culture that can take this long to discover Trump is nothing else than deviant, well……

  • Reply dazeight qfourhundred October 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

    This Mehdi hasan have no manner at all, and very Low class style. Al Jazeeera should fire this gay.

  • Reply Huli Huli October 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    get trump on head to head🤣

  • Reply Mlchael Wray October 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm


  • Reply tellu why October 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    WATCH [GLEN BECK'S]CHALKBOARD to understand how Dem deceived the American people: Ukraine, Trump whistleblower SKIPS STEPS to submit report

  • Reply John Barr October 11, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Love mehdi hasan…best journalist ive seen for the past 20 years. Hes absolutely on target about how we let politicians keep their titles. We need to get away from that rubbish, it reeks of aristocracy and has no place in a modern democracy. How ironic that we have a brit pointing it out to us.

  • Reply Ed Albanese October 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Just not the answer you want…that's the problem…..

  • Reply Anthony Vega October 11, 2019 at 2:09 am

  • Reply Anthony Vega October 11, 2019 at 2:09 am

    He's different in a mosque

  • Reply Mannon October 11, 2019 at 4:47 am

    why tho

  • Reply MrAtaguas October 11, 2019 at 7:10 am

    1:27 I hate the audience's herd-like instinctual response to the words Fox News without fully listening to the guy finish his sentence. The divisiveness in the country has to do with the ease with which people get swayed by headlines without diving deeper into the issue … quite ironically exactly the point this guy was making with his interviewing style

  • Reply Halawaa Imam October 11, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Mehadi is brave intelligent journalist ended!!

  • Reply whatthe October 11, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Racist white nationalism rising everywhere and the reason is
    A filthy white business man makes billions of dollars, gives few thuosand dollars to the poor white and few thousand dollars to the poor non white.
    The people started realizing that why is the rich is getting richer and everyone else getting poorer and started to think about revoluting against capatalism.
    So the filthy rich white hired a rich white, gave him money to tell the poor whites that the poor non whites have got your share of money.

  • Reply Don ta October 11, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Mehdi Hasan = 50cents

  • Reply Dara Khan October 11, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Mehdi Hasan – Is the best and real.

  • Reply diesel2x October 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Good journalist but to. oases against FOX . To me CNN and MsNBC are way way worse . Btw I despise Trump

  • Reply GeorgeJones October 12, 2019 at 2:41 am

    He is by the best interviewer in the world. Love his work on Aljazeera.

  • Reply Tommy Lee October 12, 2019 at 5:36 am

    This guy destroys the trumptards , but that's not really hard

  • Reply S1W SKC October 12, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Stop fucking lying Trump! Arsehole!

  • Reply Srini Musunuri October 12, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Mehdi Hasan thinks he is doing the right thing. but he is a crook like most of the media. He have an agenda and uses his big mouth try to silence other with petty things.

  • Reply Bryan Wong October 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Mehdi,the rising star of media journalism,give the guy an emmy for best interviewer. If there is no such category,make one up then. He is brilliant!

  • Reply Cheryl St Denny October 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Journalists in the US should study this 24/7, until they get it.

  • Reply Gerald O'Hare October 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    This is the same guy who thinks Mohammed rose to heaven on a horse.

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  • Reply agafoorsyed October 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Mehdi Hasan: the kind of a guy who would laugh with you 'at' you.

  • Reply David Yvonne October 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    as a left liberal austrian wit afrojamaican heritage i tell u mehdi isafuckinlyer-apollogist an asshole parexcellance-maajid nawaz n douglas murray exposed him in plenty occasions

  • Reply David Yvonne October 14, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    one of the greatest muslim assholes  like choudry but more dangerous-wolve in sheeps clothes

  • Reply SamuraiKage1 October 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    They keep their title because they are our masters. They are American royalty and must be treated with utmost respect. Nope jk fk them. No titles for life. They should be called former public servants aka escaped traitors.

  • Reply Godfrey Jemand October 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    If Mehdi got a job at CNN he would change his way of pushing for answers or quit in a few months.

  • Reply ASMR official October 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Love love love Mehdi

  • Reply lime187 October 14, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Great interview!

  • Reply adam polak October 14, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Mehdi Hasan is great interviewer and political journalist. In fact, probably the best at this time.

    Unfortunately other british interviewers are far behind with their quality… Specially BBC is very bad at this time. Channel 4 has some good ones (almost as good as Mehdi Hasan). But please do not think that Mehdi Hasan is good because he is british. His is good because he dares to be different from others and he sticks to the point.

    Lies should not go unpunished – especially at politicians.

  • Reply adam polak October 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Lies should not go unpunished – especially at politicians.

  • Reply LAVIN20 October 14, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    America just found its hero

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  • Reply Eleazar October 15, 2019 at 10:09 am

    This interviewer is a toatal asshole. Piss off you #$&@ C…

  • Reply Aqib Ejaz October 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    But Brits don't dare not stand up for the Queen. American president is both a monarch and a chief executive combined into one and thus the deference shown to him by Americans.

  • Reply Willy Hill October 15, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    You can find this guy on YT saying that all atheists are animals, thats what people like him believe you know, so don't give him too much praise.

  • Reply Joshua Mwaniki October 16, 2019 at 3:20 am

    At least we still don't have a queen.

  • Reply bishes be mad October 16, 2019 at 8:28 am

    he should have been 'relentless' during critical thinking classes

  • Reply Mohammed Shakil October 16, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I've noticed many American have appreciated Mehdi hasan's work more than UK.

  • Reply Z&b Steven October 17, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I would love to see him interview Trump

  • Reply Suiki Kin October 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    We need him to debate with smart people like Ben Shapiro.

  • Reply Woody Rooper October 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Mehdi Hasan, a man whose religion supports rape and murder.

  • Reply Createx October 17, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Mehdi Hasan is pretty much the Muslim version of Ben Shapiro

  • Reply Komil Shukurov October 18, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Mehdi Hasan is awesome!

  • Reply chillax1969 October 18, 2019 at 9:27 am

    New steel capacity in the USA has been announced e.g. bluescope steel Northstar

  • Reply Mubarak Widaa October 19, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    The funniest Assholes in the World ;P LooooooOOL

  • Reply Maraale Ramaale October 20, 2019 at 5:14 am

    American journalists torture the language in a way that gives a different meaning and even diverting the public attention which a dead end and in the end the public is destroyed without knowing important stuff

  • Reply Walter De wit October 20, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Islamist Jew-USA hating Mehdi Hasan? Great.

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