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The Curious Rise of Twitter Power Broker Yashar Ali


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LAMag did a deep dive into journalist/twitter personality/catfisher Yashar Ali (41)

it's long but pretty interesting


- he has very few press bylines, but did break legit new stories on his twitter

- he is very secretive about his family and about getting filmed, he claims his twitter profile pic was taken just before the pandemic

- he has a lot of famous friends, but also had ugly falling outs with some of them

- Ariadne Getty lent him $179k in total and sued him to pay it back, he dafulted after two payments

- he pressured Susie Tompkins Buell into selling her art collection and pocketed a nice commission

- Kathy Griffin let him live in her house for nine months (rent free ofc) and had troubles getting him out of the house after journalist Joan Walsh told her “Kathy, you got yourself a grifter. You have to get him out of here.”

- Ali says he can't talk about any of this bc of NDAs

- public records reveal more financial troubles. he does not have a fixed address, he lives with friends

- friends Maggie Haberman and Jake Tapper can't remember how they met him
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I still hate Phaedra. Kandi is my favourite and I've loved her since I was a kid(Xscape), so when I saw how DESTROYED she was at the reunion, I was sobbing. Ugh!
This is great. I don’t watch real housewives but maybe I’ll start.

fasdsr2

June 9 2021, 20:03:08 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  June 9 2021, 20:03:29 UTC

was hoping someone would post this!

i can't ...

dude wtf lmao??
I wonder if the PI following him is employed by a famous person looking for an exit strategy.
WTF at Tapper, so he's never met him and considers him a wonderful presence in his life? LMAO

It honestly just sounds like Yashar knows how to stroke their egos and they like that.
lmao I'm a dumbass and only read the first half of the quote

that is bizarre

pi_lady

1 month ago

hes "bffs" with Christie Tiegen apparently so yea definitely

pi_lady

1 month ago

tbh i do have ~online friends that i am very close to but seeing it all laid out like this is fuckin weird. especially since jake and yashar have the cash to have travelled to each other.

pi_lady

1 month ago

Possibly a wish or some sort of spellwork caused this?

ellie_andrews

1 month ago

gimmemoarjosh

1 month ago

It’s not even about not meeting him...it’s the fact that Tapper doesn’t recall whether he’s met him or not...yet Ali has a wonderful presence in his life and Tapper feels like he’s known him all his life? what
he sounds like one of those alien parasites in Rick and Morty that penetrates your memories to make you think you’ve known them your entire life but don’t remember how.

missjersey

1 month ago

lanrek

1 month ago

lmao okay.
I actually know someone like this IRL and it drives me nuts that no one else sees it. "How exactly did you meet them?" I'd ask "uhm..... *head scratch* I don't know. But they're really nice!" THEY'RE A COMPULSIVE LIAR AND IT'S PART OF THE GRIFT!!
Let me manifest these kind of meaningful relationships with important people, damn
My first thought when I read this was "he blackmails them," or he must have compromising information on them, and that's how they become quick friends without them ever knowing "how they met." It is too bizarre!! It feels like the Jeffrey Epstein thing where everyone's like "Hmm, I don't know, were we ever friends?" even though there are like pictures and shit.

marywebgirl

1 month ago

the article comparing him to Tom Ripley was dead-on
this is some black magic
This feels very r/nosleep
This is like when you use cheats to make your sim friends.
Sound like something out of a grifter/scammer netflix documentary.
someone replied to this tweet w a picture of sleepy gary and lmao
What the hell does he HAVE on these people lol?
That's so fucking weird lol.
Let me make a semi-obscure reference here but

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tubbyninja

1 month ago

this is some earl grey

hot earl grey, but earl grey
Oi, what's wrong with Earl Grey?
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Today, a dusty-skied afternoon in May, he’s dressed in an oversized gray T-shirt, blue sweatpants, and the same San Francisco 49ers cap he sports in his youthful Twitter profile photo, which looks like it might have been snapped for his high school yearbook. (He swears that it was taken just before the pandemic.)

LOL. A scammer in every possible way.
What! He's had that profile pic forever! We remember, Yashar!
God just... the very phrase "Power Broker" makes my eye twitch 😡
Just read this! I have never gotten good vibes from this dude, and apparently, even he's shadier than I thought.

It would take several more months, but Griffin finally asked Ali to leave in early 2019, enlisting two part-time male assistants to help oversee the packing of his belongings. Then they ordered him an Uber and sent him on his way. (Ali says he only stayed with Griffin at her urging, and left of his own volition. He says the comedian even threw him a going-away party when he moved out.) Griffin declined to speak about Ali on the record. However, a representative for the comedian offered a statement on her behalf: “Sometimes you make a new friend and that friend turns out to be quite a different person than you thought they were.”

Like... the audacity!!

Anyway, hope people stop giving him clicks.
How bizarre
Pretty sure he would have had tenant rights by then and didn't know it.
The laws vary pretty wildly, but this was probably not the case if he wasn't paying rent, especially if he was staying at her primary residence.

littlepunkryo

1 month ago

fried_twinkie

1 month ago

littlepunkryo

1 month ago

Possibly. My friend let her boyfriend stay with her for several months, and when they broke up she asked him to leave and he refused. The cops said since he received mail there he was a resident so she had to do all the paperwork to evict him. That was in Burbank, CA. Luckily, he wasn't violent; just wouldn't leave.

poisonapple73

1 month ago

“Part time male assistants” = hired goons.
He's such a piece of shit, LoL. It seems like his M.O. is to latch on to famous women by zeroing in on their vulnerabilities. I remember reading in the past that he became close to Griffin when she was going through the fall out of that Trump headless photo. He latched on to Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Chrissy Teigen is always going through some wild shit. And his current mark seems to be Leah Remini.
I literally laughed when I got to the part about him saying "Nahhhh she actually threw me a going away party"

Ok grifter
he seems like such a leech, a cretinous leech
Not that he even looks good in his profile pic, but that photo is a lie.
This article is wild. Interesting how so few people spoke on the record about him because they were concerned about online retaliation. And there’s a line hidden in there about him bringing a gun to a political consulting office??
where's harrys_headband when we need her
on his head probably
my first thought too! IS SHE SECRETLY PETER KIEFER???
genuinely if it wasn't for this appearance i wouldn't believe he was a real person at all
Dead. Deceased. Buried. Resurrected. Lettuce pray 🙏 🙌
There you are ❤️
girl, this may be the event to make me give up my twitter appeal.

harrys_headband

1 month ago

mhfromnh

1 month ago

lol what a coincidence I literally JUST finished reading this

I'm so baffled by how all these people managed to form such intense connections with a total rando they've never/barely met, to the point that they'll go on the record defending him... maybe it's a good thing I'm incapable of forming close relationships with anyone, let alone ppl I've met online
twitter is parasocial relationship central
Wait is he a scammer or he owns a media company or both?


????

snovasam

June 9 2021, 20:13:18 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  June 9 2021, 20:17:06 UTC

Why’d you make this so big 😭
To intensify his big ass head lmao 🤣
Noooo
Why is this so fucking big?! My phone just started crying.
I'm sorry but he looks like he could be DJ Khaled's balding cousin who has been divorced twice and runs a shady car dealership.
Love these puzzle pictures where you have to step away from the screen to get the whole image
Oooohhhh this guy.
Lmaooo this is like my Ross picture from the other day

gimmemoarjosh

1 month ago

archersangel

1 month ago

This is so upsetting.
Why do his lips look like they’re connected to one another as if they were webbed by their commissures 🤢

er1s

1 month ago

richyrich909

1 month ago

we need a wtf emojicon
WHAT is that lip WEBBING action going ON‽

nigelwitthebrie

1 month ago

gimmemoarjosh

1 month ago

this big ass picture cracked my screen from the strain
thx, i hate it
ty for the summary! i had the article pulled up but did not want to read it all lol
@Yashar

I never noticed the cameras around her neck lmao
Brooooo I’m fucking dead lmao
I need more Alyssa in my life. I miss her.

squirrels_oh_no

1 month ago

spiceboy35

1 month ago

3rdattemptuser

1 month ago

spiceboy35

1 month ago

Lol Yashar is definitely a Phi Phi if I ever saw one
the only thing i know about him is that that's not him
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