Michael Avenatti and Anthony Scaramucci: Cable News Odd Couple?

In the latest episode of Our Reality TV Presidency, the pugnacious lawyer representing the porn star who has sued Donald Trump, and the shortest tenured White House communications director in U.S. history are being pitched to cable news networks to sta…

In the latest episode of Our Reality TV Presidency, the pugnacious lawyer representing the porn star who has sued Donald Trump, and the shortest tenured White House communications director in U.S. history are being pitched to cable news networks to star in a program in which the two men would exchange their political views. UTA’s Jay Sures is the one having conversations about pugnacious lawyer Michael Avenatti and hot-headed Anthony Scaramucci, with CNN and MSNBC, New…

Nicolle Wallace Left the White House in 2006. MSNBC Keeps Sending Her Back

On most days at MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace faces cameras with a large, live shot of the White House looming in the background. At a different point in her career, she knew how all the operations of that famous structure fit together. Now she must describe …

On most days at MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace faces cameras with a large, live shot of the White House looming in the background. At a different point in her career, she knew how all the operations of that famous structure fit together. Now she must describe for her viewers how they seem to be falling apart. […]

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.

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’

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'

Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict Washes Over TV Landcape

ABC, CBS and NBC broke into their programming Thursday afternoon to announce a jury had found America’s TV Dad guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.
CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, meanwhile…

ABC, CBS and NBC broke into their programming Thursday afternoon to announce a jury had found America’s TV Dad guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, meanwhile, took a break from their wall-to-wall coverage of Ronny Jackson's scuttled VA Secretary bid, the confirmation of CIA chief Mike Pompeo as the country's 60th, and Donald Trump's second, Secretary of State, and the tribulations of…