MSNBC host Joy Reid repeatedly claimed to have evidence that anti-gay posts on her old blog were fabricated by hackers, only to admit on Saturday that she had no such evidence.
The Daily Caller reports,
Archives of Reid’s blog posts, first dug up by a liberal Twitter user on April 19, show Reid accusing several prominent political figures of being secretly gay, and using homophobic jokes to denigrate her political opponents.
Five months before, on Dec. 3, Reid had apologized for writing several anti-gay blog posts about former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whom she referred to as “Ms. Charlie.” This time around, Reid refused to admit writing her own blog posts. Instead, she claimed the posts were fraudulent, manipulated by unnamed hackers.
Reid released a statement to Mediate on April 23, claiming she learned in December “that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.”
Reid claimed she had been working with a “cyber-security expert” who she claimed “first identified the unauthorized activity.”
The MSNBC host stated “unequivocally” that the “compromised” site didn’t “represent the original entries.”
The next day, NBC released a Dec. 19 letter that Reid’s attorney sent to the Internet Archive and a Dec. 22 letter he sent to Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Both letters demanded the companies remove archived pages of Reid’s blog, which her attorney said had been hacked to include defamatory material.
NBC also released an undated statement from Reid’s “security consultant,” Jonathan Nichols, who claimed to have “significant evidence” that Reid’s blog had been hacked.
A review by The Daily Caller News Foundation found several errors in the three letters, which provided no evidence that Reid’s blog had been hacked, as she claimed. All three inaccurate letters are included in full at the bottom of this article.
An independent cybersecurity expert interviewed by TheDCNF called Reid’s hacking claims “incredulous” and said it was unlikely she was telling the truth. It turns out she wasn’t.
After repeatedly telling the public that her blog had been hacked — and claiming to have evidence of such a hack — Reid admitted on Saturday that the facts don’t support her story.
“I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody had manipulated my words, or my former blog,” Reid said. “And the reality is they have not been able to prove it.”
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— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) April 28, 2018
I have no words. How do you respond to someone who admits they’re delusional and lie as a denial of personal responsibility? Is this a new liberal tactic? Should such person have a national TV show @cnn?
— Keith Barrett (@KeithBarrett) April 28, 2018
If you want to dismiss the Joy Reid controversy because you like watching her on TV, fine. But she’s not apologizing for these old bigoted posts: she’s blaming hackers for them. If you don’t care if that denial is true, don’t pretend in the future to care if journalists lie pic.twitter.com/6tYnpH5OP7
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 25, 2018
Joy Ann Reid apology. Appropriate. Heartfelt. This unique and compelling voice for tolerance and equality should not be silenced. We learn – and change – from our mistakes. She has.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) April 28, 2018
Fox News’ Brit Hume couldn’t have rolled his eyes harder, summing it all up this way:
First she blames hackers. When that collapses, she says she’s sorry but claims she thinks she didn’t write the stuff. Leave it to Holder to pile on the praise. Good grief. https://t.co/bQlvK7eD0X
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 29, 2018