MSNBC Should Take No Joy In Not Investigating Reid

Joy Reid on Saturday gave the broadcast of her career, which in a different era and climate might still be hanging by a thread. Reid, a rising star at MSNBC,  this past weekend offered a mea culpa for homophobic remarks unearthed on a now-defunct blog …

Joy Reid on Saturday gave the broadcast of her career, which in a different era and climate might still be hanging by a thread. Reid, a rising star at MSNBC,  this past weekend offered a mea culpa for homophobic remarks unearthed on a now-defunct blog she operated several years ago. The news host has grappled […]

MSNBC Host Joy Reid Apologizes For Homophobic Remarks, Admits No Evidence Of Hacking

MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized for disparaging comments against LGBT people found on her blog The Reid Report, admitting that there has been no evidence of hacking discovered.
After earlier denying authorship of the hurtful remarks, Reid came clean…

MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized for disparaging comments against LGBT people found on her blog The Reid Report, admitting that there has been no evidence of hacking discovered. After earlier denying authorship of the hurtful remarks, Reid came clean Saturday at the beginning of her MSNBC show AM Joy.  "I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted, have…

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Noting Hacking Claims Remain Unproven, Apologizes For Offensive Posts

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid used her appearance Saturday on the network to try to change a conversation swirling around her. Reid has been under a microscope in recent days owing to a new set of allegations that she penned a cache of old blog posts carrying …

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid used her appearance Saturday on the network to try to change a conversation swirling around her. Reid has been under a microscope in recent days owing to a new set of allegations that she penned a cache of old blog posts carrying homophobic remarks. The anchor has grappled with the problem since […]

Joy Reid Admits No Proof of Hacking, Apologizes for Old Blog Posts: ‘I Am Truly, Truly Sorry’ (Video)

Joy Reid on Saturday admitted there is no solid evidence that her old blog “The Reid Report” had been hacked and apologized for old posts that included disparaging statements toward LGBT people.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me but I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted, have written in the past why some people don’t believe me,” she said at the top of her MSNBC show “AM Joy” on Saturday. “For that I am truly, truly sorry.”

The MSNBC host conceded that her team has not been able to find evidence of any tampering by outside parties as she had claimed earlier in the week.

Also Read: Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over ‘Serious’ Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

Reid also offered an apology to Ann Coulter, who had been the butt of several jokes in tweets dating from 2010 and 2011 in which Reid had suggested that the conservative firebrand was really a man.

“I want to apologize to the trans community and to Ann,” she said.

It’s the latest development in what has become a metastasizing scandal for the popular MSNBC host.

The troubles began when Mediaite unearthed questionable posts from Reid’s long-defunct blog. Though the website had previously written about similar blog posts in December — and extracted a lengthy apology from Reid for them at the time —  she insisted that the new findings were the result of manipulation and not her own work.

Also Read: FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid’s Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

“In December I learned 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 told TheWrap in a statement.

Hacking the “Reid Report” archives hosted on the the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is no small feat however and the organization strongly pushed back against the accusation.

“When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities,” said Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive.

Also Read: Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About ‘That Coulter Dude,’ Questions Her African American Roots

In the intervening days, the original story about unflattering blog posts morphed into one about Reid’s credibility. Even as the hacking claims continued to wilt under scrutiny, Reid doubled down. On Thursday, her attorney, John H. Reichman, said the FBI had launched an investigation.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

As TheWrap reported, The Daily Beast also initiated its own investigation of the hacking claims as it announced a suspension Reid’s regular column.

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Joy Reid on Saturday admitted there is no solid evidence that her old blog “The Reid Report” had been hacked and apologized for old posts that included disparaging statements toward LGBT people.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me but I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted, have written in the past why some people don’t believe me,” she said at the top of her MSNBC show “AM Joy” on Saturday. “For that I am truly, truly sorry.”

The MSNBC host conceded that her team has not been able to find evidence of any tampering by outside parties as she had claimed earlier in the week.

Reid also offered an apology to Ann Coulter, who had been the butt of several jokes in tweets dating from 2010 and 2011 in which Reid had suggested that the conservative firebrand was really a man.

“I want to apologize to the trans community and to Ann,” she said.

It’s the latest development in what has become a metastasizing scandal for the popular MSNBC host.

The troubles began when Mediaite unearthed questionable posts from Reid’s long-defunct blog. Though the website had previously written about similar blog posts in December — and extracted a lengthy apology from Reid for them at the time —  she insisted that the new findings were the result of manipulation and not her own work.

“In December I learned 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 told TheWrap in a statement.

Hacking the “Reid Report” archives hosted on the the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is no small feat however and the organization strongly pushed back against the accusation.

“When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities,” said Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive.

In the intervening days, the original story about unflattering blog posts morphed into one about Reid’s credibility. Even as the hacking claims continued to wilt under scrutiny, Reid doubled down. On Thursday, her attorney, John H. Reichman, said the FBI had launched an investigation.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

As TheWrap reported, The Daily Beast also initiated its own investigation of the hacking claims as it announced a suspension Reid’s regular column.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Tucker Carlson Says Joy Reid Is Lying: 'You'd Have to Be a Moron' to Believe She Was Hacked'

Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over 'Serious' Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid's Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts 'Right-Wing Chicanery'

Tucker Carlson Says Joy Reid Is Lying: ‘You’d Have to Be a Moron’ to Believe She Was Hacked’

Tucker Carlson offered his take on Joy Reid Wednesday, blasting the MSNBC host for what he said was dishonesty over old blog posts which Reid says were hacked. Carlson said only a “moron” would believe such a story.

“It’s a childish lie. You would have to be a moron to believe it. Yet she’s telling it,” said Carlson, offering the following explanation:

“It was a total crock, and we know it was a crock because Reid’s blog posts were archived by other websites including the Library of Congress here in Washington all the way back to 2006. That means in order for her claims to be true — which they are not — the secret hacking plot must have begun at least 12 years ago before anyone knew or cared who Joy Reid was. That’s a lie.”

Also Read: Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over ‘Serious’ Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

Carlson said MSNBC’s decision to stand behind Reid despite mounting evidence that the hacking claim cannot be true was evidence of a larger pattern of dishonesty at the network.

“NBC … claims itself to be a news organization and news organization are not supposed to lie. That’s rule one. Yet NBC executives make a habit of lying,” said Carlson, who cited the network’s passing on the Harvey Weinstein story and their actions surrounding the “Access Hollywood” tape.

Reid has faced a metastisizing crisis over years-old content from her blog “The Reid Report.” After Mediaite unearthed several disparaging remarks Reid made on the blog earlier this week, the MSNBC host said she had been hacked.

Also Read: Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About ‘That Coulter Dude,’ Questions Her African American Roots

Though Reid already admitted and apologized for similar remarks on this blog back in December, she now says the new findings unearthed by Mediaite were the result of a hacking. The claims came in for swift mockery from all corners, but the host showed no indication of backing down. On Wednesday evening, TheWrap received a statement from her lawyer John H. Reichman saying that the FBI was investigating the matter.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said. “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over ‘Serious’ Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid’s Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts ‘Right-Wing Chicanery’

Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About ‘That Coulter Dude,’ Questions Her African American Roots

Tucker Carlson offered his take on Joy Reid Wednesday, blasting the MSNBC host for what he said was dishonesty over old blog posts which Reid says were hacked. Carlson said only a “moron” would believe such a story.

“It’s a childish lie. You would have to be a moron to believe it. Yet she’s telling it,” said Carlson, offering the following explanation:

“It was a total crock, and we know it was a crock because Reid’s blog posts were archived by other websites including the Library of Congress here in Washington all the way back to 2006. That means in order for her claims to be true — which they are not — the secret hacking plot must have begun at least 12 years ago before anyone knew or cared who Joy Reid was. That’s a lie.”

Carlson said MSNBC’s decision to stand behind Reid despite mounting evidence that the hacking claim cannot be true was evidence of a larger pattern of dishonesty at the network.

“NBC … claims itself to be a news organization and news organization are not supposed to lie. That’s rule one. Yet NBC executives make a habit of lying,” said Carlson, who cited the network’s passing on the Harvey Weinstein story and their actions surrounding the “Access Hollywood” tape.

Reid has faced a metastisizing crisis over years-old content from her blog “The Reid Report.” After Mediaite unearthed several disparaging remarks Reid made on the blog earlier this week, the MSNBC host said she had been hacked.

Though Reid already admitted and apologized for similar remarks on this blog back in December, she now says the new findings unearthed by Mediaite were the result of a hacking. The claims came in for swift mockery from all corners, but the host showed no indication of backing down. On Wednesday evening, TheWrap received a statement from her lawyer John H. Reichman saying that the FBI was investigating the matter.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said. “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over 'Serious' Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid's Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts 'Right-Wing Chicanery'

Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About 'That Coulter Dude,' Questions Her African American Roots

Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over ‘Serious’ Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

The Daily Beast will suspend future columns from Joy Reid due to the fallout over comments she made on an old blog a decade ago, the website’s executive editor Noah Shachtman told staff in an internal memo on Wednesday.

“We’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns,” said Shachtman in an email reviewed by TheWrap. “As you’re well aware, support for LGBTQ rights and respect for human dignity are core to Daily Beast. So we’re taking seriously the new allegations that one of our columnists, Joy Reid, previously wrote homophobic blog posts during her stint as a radio host.”

“Obviously, this is a difficult situation,” Shachtman added. “We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we wish we hadn’t done. We deserve the room to grow beyond our past. But these allegations are serious enough that they deserve a full examination”

The email was first reported by Twitter by CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

Also Read: Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts ‘Right-Wing Chicanery’

Daily Beast exec editor @NoahShachtman sent this note out to staff today regarding the @JoyAnnReid situation. He says reporters @kpoulsen and @maxwelltani are investigating her claims and examining her history: “In the meantime, we’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns…” pic.twitter.com/eJwwFeHSCn

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 25, 2018

Though she apologized for content on her old blog “The Reid Report” back in December, the MSNBC host has denied the latest revelations reported by Mediaite, saying that her the long defunct website was hacked. Shachtman told Beast employees that the company was investigating and would produce their own story on the issue.

Reid has been a longtime opinion columnist at the Daily Beast. Her last column for the website was published just days before her latest scandal.

Things continued to spiral for Reid — and MSNBC — over the story, which has now moved beyond the revelations reported by Mediaite to whether Reid was being honest about claims of hacking. On Wednesday evening, Reid’s lawyer John H. Reichman told TheWrap that the FBI has opened an investigation into the issue.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said.  “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”

Reid’s claims of hacking have been met with skepticism by reporters across the political spectrum and from the Internet Archive, whose Wayback Machine is the source of the incriminating material on Reid. In his own statement, Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive, said they found no evidence to substantiate Reid’s claims.

“When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities,” said Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive.”

 

Related stories from TheWrap:

FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid’s Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts ‘Right-Wing Chicanery’

Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About ‘That Coulter Dude,’ Questions Her African American Roots

MSNBC Anchor Joy Reid Slams Fox News Over Black Lives Matter Coverage: ‘They Are There to Attack’

The Daily Beast will suspend future columns from Joy Reid due to the fallout over comments she made on an old blog a decade ago, the website’s executive editor Noah Shachtman told staff in an internal memo on Wednesday.

“We’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns,” said Shachtman in an email reviewed by TheWrap. “As you’re well aware, support for LGBTQ rights and respect for human dignity are core to Daily Beast. So we’re taking seriously the new allegations that one of our columnists, Joy Reid, previously wrote homophobic blog posts during her stint as a radio host.”

“Obviously, this is a difficult situation,” Shachtman added. “We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we wish we hadn’t done. We deserve the room to grow beyond our past. But these allegations are serious enough that they deserve a full examination”

The email was first reported by Twitter by CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

Though she apologized for content on her old blog “The Reid Report” back in December, the MSNBC host has denied the latest revelations reported by Mediaite, saying that her the long defunct website was hacked. Shachtman told Beast employees that the company was investigating and would produce their own story on the issue.

Reid has been a longtime opinion columnist at the Daily Beast. Her last column for the website was published just days before her latest scandal.

Things continued to spiral for Reid — and MSNBC — over the story, which has now moved beyond the revelations reported by Mediaite to whether Reid was being honest about claims of hacking. On Wednesday evening, Reid’s lawyer John H. Reichman told TheWrap that the FBI has opened an investigation into the issue.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” he said.  “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”

Reid’s claims of hacking have been met with skepticism by reporters across the political spectrum and from the Internet Archive, whose Wayback Machine is the source of the incriminating material on Reid. In his own statement, Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive, said they found no evidence to substantiate Reid’s claims.

“When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities,” said Chris Butler, the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive.”

 

Related stories from TheWrap:

FBI Will Investigate Joy Reid's Claim That Old Blog Posts Were Hacked, Her Lawyer Says

Media Matters Says No Boycott for Joy Reid, Blasts 'Right-Wing Chicanery'

Ann Coulter Fires Back at Joy Reid for Old Tweets About 'That Coulter Dude,' Questions Her African American Roots

MSNBC Anchor Joy Reid Slams Fox News Over Black Lives Matter Coverage: 'They Are There to Attack'

MSNBC Host Joy Reid’s Blog Under FBI Investigation For Homophobic Posts

MSNBC host Joy Reid cannot escape homophobic blog posts that on her now defunct website The Reid Report. On Wednesday, Reid’s lawyer has claimed that an FBI investigation has been launched to probe for potential criminal activity on her site.
Rei…

MSNBC host Joy Reid cannot escape homophobic blog posts that on her now defunct website The Reid Report. On Wednesday, Reid’s lawyer has claimed that an FBI investigation has been launched to probe for potential criminal activity on her site. Reid claims that her site was hacked and that posts were written to make her appear homophobic. “We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online…