MSNBC Host Joy Reid Claims Hackers “Fabricated” Her Alleged Homophobic Comments


500px-MSNBC_2015_logo.svgMSNBC host Joy Reid is reported on the Daily Beast (where she appears as a columnist) to have reaffirmed her earlier claim that hackers “fabricated” old blog posts to make her appear homophobic.  The claim is alarming whether true or false. It true, archiving website The Wayback Machine was either compromised or a party to the deception.  If false, Reid has lied to the media in a major story involving her own conduct.  The company has issued a denial that it was in any way compromised or responsible for the comments.

The denial is reminiscent of the controversy involving Donna Brazile.  We discussed earlier how Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and CNN commentator, denied the legitimacy of emails that showed her leaking a question to Hillary Clinton that would be asked verbatim at the CNN downhill event. Brazile was ultimately let go by CNN.

In Reid’s case, she apologized last year for old blog posts in which she mocked then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist by repeatedly referring to him as “Miss Charlie.” She acknowledged the posts were “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.”

In the new posts, Reid allegedly wrote gay celebrities like Anderson Cooper and Clay Aiken; defended homophobia by saying “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing… Does that make me homophobic? Probably.” She also said that she did not want to watch Brokeback Mountain because of the gay sex scenes and other similar comments. I have not read the original posts.  It is not the alleged homophobic content but the fact of the posts that is most intriguing.  As shown by Brazile, lying to the media about such material is lethal (even if the media seemed a tad reluctant to pursue the denials or to confront the other party to the email — Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri on her failure to come forward to contradict Brazile in her denial).

Reid’s is quoted as saying initially that “In December I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog… to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.” She also described her former blog as “compromised” by unspecified hackers.  She also said that she had retained a cyber-security expert.

Reid is now “all in” on the denial and fabrication claim — as is The WayBackMachine. The rest should be easy to confirm or refute.

Or course, there is one individual, Mr. Peabody, who not only has the education but original machine for this particular task:



76 thoughts on “MSNBC Host Joy Reid Claims Hackers “Fabricated” Her Alleged Homophobic Comments”

  1. Here are the specifics:

    Internet Archive disputed that its records had been compromised in a blog post on Tuesday. According to the site, it was first contacted in December by Reid’s lawyers, asking it to take down “fraudulent” posts that were “inserted into legitimate content” in the archive of her blog.

    “When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions,” the Internet Archive post said.

    Later Tuesday night, NBC representatives relayed the statement from Reid’s outside cybersecurity expert, Jonathan Nichols.

    “We discovered that login information used to access the blog was available on the Dark Web and that fraudulent entries — featuring offensive statements — were entered with suspicious formatting and time stamps. The posts included hate speech targeting marginalized communities and Ms. Reid has been explicit in condemning them,” Nichols said in the statement.

    It is unclear how the posts to her blog could have been changed without the Internet Archive being manipulated. Nichols did not specify which posts he believed were altered.

    1. Didn’t Anthony Weiner make a similar claim and didn’t we all have a good laugh then?
      Here’s another chance for some amusement why waste it?

  2. If Joy Reid was a journalist, she would objectively report on the news, and her personal views on homosexuality would be irrelevant.

    But, Joy Reid is not a journalist. She’s a cog in a propaganda machine, spewing party-line mantras and shaming the independent thinker. In this role, her personal views on homosexuality become relevant. She’s been caught having an opinion contrary to the approved message, and now she is dancing for her masters, pinning her hopes of continued employment on a “hacker” defense.

    Her desperation is palpable.

  3. A cyber expert confirmed Reid’s position. There are demonstrable formatting anomalies with the questionable posts, meaning they didn’t come from the same source as the real posts, but that’s not the point of today’s piece, now is it, Jon? It’s to slam Reid, an MSNBC host, who is not only female, but BLACK!!! You probably did this to pander to your racist posters, like “Squeeky”. How pathetic. You hold yourself out as an intellectual in the law, but you fan the flames of racism and misogyny, all while performing the Kellyanne Pivot by attacking anyone who criticizes Trump. I wonder how many eager little minions are following around and digging through records to get dirt on Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews.

    Meantime, you didn’t comment on the real political news, which is proof that Trump did spend at least 2 nights in Moscow, despite denying this to James Comey, at least twice. This is proven by aviation records, so there’s no point in going after Comey on this point. The other news is that Trump lied about his wealth in order to obtain a higher ranking from Forbes. Oh well, two more Trump whoppers. Not really news, is it?

    1. you need serious help. the so called security expert made up some crap to defend her. Why didnt she say she was hacked when she was apologizing for posts back in December? CAUSE THEY WERE HER POST. She’s completely lying and it has nothing to do with being black or a woman. It has to do with her being a scumbag liberal hypocrite. All you libs are the same

    2. Nutchacha – re: “slamming Reid” has nothing to do with racism – she is regularly derided by Blacks as well – Tim Black, Nico House, Jamaryl Thomas, LTMB, Kevin’s Corner to name a few. It’s not a racist things. People are sick of her spewing DNC Establishment Liberal direct nonsense and pretending to be progressive.

      Kevin addresses her racial baiting:

      1. Stand up for Reid.. She is under attack by da hard right. They attack black people with news shows

        1. Original Ken – she is being attacked for her own hypocrisy. Has nothing to do with the color of her skin.

            1. Original Ken – they seem to play “gotcha” with everybody. Nancy Pelosi is a favorite target and she is white. So is Wendy Wasserman Schultz. 😉

    3. From Bruce Feldman’s article dated 25 April 2018, titled “Joy-Ann Reid’s ‘I Was Hacked’ Story Doesn’t Add Up”

      …the story took another twist yesterday when the Internet Archive, a studious record-keeper, clarified a few things.

      This past December, Reid’s lawyers contacted us, asking to have archives of the blog ( taken down, stating that “fraudulent” posts were “inserted into legitimate content” in our archives of the blog. Her attorneys stated that they didn’t know if the alleged insertion happened on the original site or with our archives (the point at which the manipulation is to have occurred, according to Reid, is still unclear to us).

      [My note: the website uses web crawlers to collect images of pages on the web at any given point in time – images not text – which are not easily editable. If they were hacked, it should be easy enough to prove. Internet Archives can retrieve images of those pages from an earlier point in time before they were allegedly “hacked” for comparison]

      To hear Reid’s lawyers tell it, someone either hacked her blog or the Internet Archive. The claim is not impossible but it is highly, highly suspect — the Internet Archive found no evidence of this and there is no precedent for it. The Internet Archive declined to remove the archives, mostly owing to “Reid’s being a journalist (a very high-profile one, at that).”

  4. Reid is most certainly NOT a Progressive. She is a Liberal cult member – arrogant and often ignorant. A token in the Big House owned by the MSM.

  5. I can’t stand her in the first place and her cowardice for stating some pretty basic realities is not surprising to me. I hope she never tries thinking for herself again and certainly never write your thoughts down.

  6. Hilarious! I agree with her of course, that two men kissing is gross and yucky. Plus, who knows where there mouths have been, if you get my drift. But, one is supposed to pretend that Sodomites are the most wonderful people in the world, and sodomy is the greatest thing since sliced bread!

    And let’s just leave out all that buzzkill stuff about how men who have sex with men get HIV at about the same rate as smokers get lung cancer, that is, about 20%.Sooo, do the math. Two guys kissing, and there is a 40% chance one of them is HIV positive. If there is a 40% chance of rain, you pack your bumbershoot.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. On the hack job, Joy’s a liar without much doubt (retroactive hacking?) but her comments about attitudes on gayness are true for a lot of people. The law requires us to tolerate gay folks and to accord them equal rights but not to endorse their actions nor their lifestyle. That’s a considerable difference in legal obligation lost upon the Left.

    It’s America. We can hold any damn notion we want to hold – cockamamie or sublime.

    1. “The law requires us to tolerate gay folks and to accord them equal rights but not to endorse their actions nor their lifestyle.”

      Um, not really. That’s what the Dems are trying to change. You cannot hold any notion you want, at least not in their world (CA, WA…). They want total mind control and if you waiver at all, you’re toast.

    2. Hear, hear!

      Americans have the freedom of Speech, Thought, Belief, Discrimination, Press, Assembly, Association and every other conceivable natural and God-given right and freedom per the 9th Amendment.

      Americans have the Right to Private Property “…in exclusion of every other individual.” *

      It is the right and freedom of Americans to discriminate and affirmative action, quotas, fair housing, non-discrimination, etc. are all unconstitutional. Fraudulent, nonexistent and unconstitutional “minority’ or “homosexual” “rights” shall not nullify the constitutional rights of American citizens.

      The MANIFEST TENOR ** of the Constitution must be upheld by the judicial branch.

      ** “…courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void.”

      Alexander Hamilton –

      “[A] limited Constitution … can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing … To deny this would be to affirm … that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

      * Private property is “that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”

      – James Madison

  8. “MSNBC did not respond when asked why Reid apologized if she didn’t actually write the bog entries.”

    1. Jillinski, surely the Russians were somehow involved in this unveiling of Reid’s hypocrisy?

      FWIW: Best comment I saw today on Greenwald’s story — on virtue signaling and celebrity status:

      “I notice this Hogg kid isn’t screaming for a boycott of Reid. Funny, because he seems to have called for one against just about everyone else. Guess he knows what that would mean and doesn’t want to jeopardize his future TV journalism career.

      Always sad to see ideals die like that, especially in the young.”

  9. My guess is that there are multiple forensic techniques, data back-ups/archives, that can reveal whether the purported homophobic posts were fabricated/altered or indeed attributable to her. And if they can be attributed to her, then this would be another example of the cover-up being worse than the crime. Much easier to work with someone that claims lack of enlightenment going back many years vs. cover-you-ass lying.

  10. Claims is not the same as proves. Tough isn’t Joy when the shoe is on the other foot.

  11. JT – the public is and always has been progressive-minded, and stories like this one from many years just proves it. Ms. Reid has changed, and that’s a good thing. Maybe you should too.

    1. Only a segment of the public is progressive minded as the vote in 2016 proved. A larger segment voted Constitutionalist as independent self governing citizens 40%. The Progs plus RINOs and the GOP both took a lesser amount splitting sixty between them. Always? Progressivism started with Comrade Woodrow Wilson in 1909. go study some history

      1. MA,

        The majority of citizens support progressive policies. Denying that reflects on your ignorance. You certainly have the right to deny the truth, but you really should join the modern world, bro.

    2. Joy Ann Reid is a dingbat, one of Harvard’s finest. She has referred to Russia as the Soviet Union and had no idea where the current first lady is from. All of this Harvey Weinstein trickle down, head taking for past agressions has only one place else to turn to feed itself.
      Haters are next.
      She’s trying to prove she wasn’t one.

    3. The prof is movin in da wrong direction. Backwards to T rumpville on Fox with Sean.

  12. Good God, people are thick regarding technology. Sorry, Joy, we don’t have that capability yet. As it stands it’s still very crude, and pretty dang obvious. You are just going to have to own your actions in the world. I am so weary of this kind of crap it’s all dry heaves at this point, no votes for you, DNC!

  13. Trying to defame Joy Reid on this is silly, considering what “FOX NEWS” does on a daily basis. Really?

    1. I agree with FishWings Jonathan. Leave Joy Reid alone. You have far too many ultra conservative followers. Why whip them up into a frenzy over nothing. Go after FOX instead.

      1. It isn’t ‘picking on her’, it’s Stating fact. If your only defense are your feelings, then you are not quite ready for grown up conversations.

      2. So another robo clone troll from The Collective’s programmers spouts the party line? Ad Machina Nothing human here.

    2. Considering Comrade Fish Wings is as usually presenting personal or is it programmer opinion as part of The Collective of The Party completely without substance and nothing to back it up. Troll time. Nothing human here Ad Machina.

    3. FishWings:

      “Trying to defame Joy Reid on this is silly, considering what “FOX NEWS” does on a daily basis.”

      Aren’t you one of those “But What About” guys castigating others for making comparisons to Hillary as they argue to defend Trump? Heal thyself, Fishy!

        1. JohnnyU:

          More revelations about the the liberal’s insistence of feelings over facts aren’t really revelatory anymore. That said, the author hits it on the head.

  14. Reid is a liberal and therefore incapable of hating gays. Even though it is an open secret that black folk have been particularly intolerant off gay people.

    1. Even though it is an open secret that black folk have been particularly intolerant off gay people.

      See Quentin Crisp’s reminiscence about one of his first mornings living in the United States, back in 1969. A black man on the street took a look at him half-in-drag and burst out laughing. In my limited experience, that was the modal reaction blacks have to manifestations of homosexuality: they see it as a white man’s clown act.

      The thing is, to be figures of fun is not what the homosexual vanguard wants. They want applause. They want opportunities to harass others.

  15. Hmm…perhaps she should watch Brokeback Mountain with Anderson and Clay while they kiss! If the reports are true, she needs to own it!

    1. Charles, (A)How about we wait to find out if the claim is true or false?
      (B) What does race have to do with it?

    2. Did you not finish the sentence? The Paragraph? The Comment? Nothing here.

  16. It’s an indication of how witless academic and media culture are that people are expecting her to apologize for this.

    I have news for you, Prof. Turley. Self-appointed tribunes of the homosexual population (e.g. Kirby Dick) were vicious to Gov. Crist with a severity which exceeds Joy Reid’s by an order of magnitude. If the purveyors of the call-out culture were anything but intellectual and moral frauds, Kirby Dick would be untouchable.

    1. What is a Kirby Dick? What has this to do with anything. why all the escape words? Where’s the logic, the facts and what has it to do with the discussion?

  17. That word “homophobic” comes up on the internet once in a while. I do not know what it means.

    1. hates mankind. Homo from the Latin as in Homo Sapien the species and phobic means ‘afraid of” they can’t even get that done correctly. It’s a problem with the illiterate left who generally are more comfortable with F and N bomb words. and the California style eight word fictionary of the air head mentality.

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