MSNBC host Joy Reid is fighting back criticisms for allegedly writing anti-gay posts and other disparaging comments in old blog posts. Reid claims she did not write the posts and says her account was hacked. She hired a computer technician who argued the posts were in fact hacked.
However, after weeks of trying to support the hacking claim, Reid is now forced to admit that she has no evidence to offer which would point to a hack.
Per the Daily Caller:
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.”
Reid’s attorney even wrote a letter to Google and its parents company Alphabet requesting the removal of the blogs from their internet archives. In the letter, the attorney argued the posts were hacked and thereby misrepresent Reid’s current views on the issue. The blogs amounts to defamatory material, the attorney said.
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.
Reid admitted over the weekend that she has no evidence to support her hacking claim.
“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. But here’s what I know: I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me.”
The Joy Reid Standard – Lie about past behavior and your career will be saved.
The Ronny Jackson Standard – Democrats lie about his past behavior while his career & reputation are ruined.
Pathetic. Disgusting. Disturbing.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 30, 2018
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) April 30, 2018
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
“It is striking ― and disturbing ― that Reid’s colleagues and her employer aren’t demanding answers about her seemingly contradictory statements on the alleged hacking.” https://t.co/7beBE2qfqb via @HuffPost
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) April 30, 2018