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Hasan says launching own media company means ‘I’m my own boss’

Former MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan promoted his new media company Friday night, saying one of the benefits of going solo is “being your own boss.”

“I can’t say I’ve ever liked having a boss. One of the attractions of this job is that I’m my own boss now. For me and for a lot of people. , I think that’s a horrible thing, ‘Nobody knows me,”’ Hasan said Friday in an interview on NewsNation’s “Cuomo.”

Hasan’s new company, Zeteo, will cater to the progressive left and seek “answers to the questions that really matter, always seeking the truth,” according to the company’s Substack website.

During an interview with host Chris Cuomo, Hasan said his wife asked him about starting a company and he claimed he was not an “entrepreneur” and didn’t know “how to run a business.”

“And she’s right, but I’m surrounded by a team of good people,” he countered. “I have very clear ideas and a clear message.”

The progressive commentator recently told The Washington Post that he had raised $4 million for the venture.

“This year is one of the biggest news years of our lives, and that’s why I wanted to do something like this,” Hasan told the Post. “I’m not a businessman. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s a big gamble.”

“But if I wasn’t confident, I wouldn’t be doing this,” he added.

Hasan announced his departure from MSNBC in January after the network canceled his late-night opinion talk show amid a chaotic weekend.

The Guardian also announced last week that Hasan would be joining the team as a columnist. He began working with the outlet with a column urging President Biden to urge Israel to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza amid the war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

“I have been an avid reader of Guardian columns since I was a teenager. In what was probably the busiest and biggest news year of my life, I was able to write my own article,” Hasan said. said in a statement. “It is a great honor and privilege.”

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