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Joy Reid's 'Hacking' Conspiracy 'Looks Implausible — The Atlantic

Joy Reid's 'Hacking' Conspiracy 'Looks Implausible — The Atlantic

It's a useful tool to track how a website has changed and evolved over time, and to find pages that are no longer live on the web.

Although the Twitter thread appeared last November, @Jamie_Maz last week uncovered more offensive remarks from Reid, as Mediaite first reported on Monday, which led to the award being rescinded. He provided several verified comments written by Reid that "square quite consistently with the newly discovered" writing that she denies.

"As someone who is not a member of the LGBT community, I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person's sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm", Reid wrote in her statement. She questioned whether the marriage was a sham by a gay man who thought it would help him politically.

The comments, while not virulently homophobic, were bad enough, and particularly damaging to a woman who has become a particular celebrity of the anti-Trump resistance.

While Reid has claimed her site was hacked, she hasn't indicated which stories were fabricated.

"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".

In her statement to the publication, Reid stressed that she has since been in contact with law enforcement and a cybersecurity expert to identify "the unauthorized activity". "The manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago", Reid said.

Reid added, "Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries".

"This is a very unusual story which gives me flashbacks to Anthony Weiner claiming he'd been hacked", Hot Air's John Sexton wrote before asking a series of questions.

PFLAG National rescinded its "Straight for Equality" award to MSNBC political analyst Joy Reid after new allegations of homophobic blog posts surfaced this week.

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But the Internet Archive cast doubt on Reid's hacking story Tuesday.

"At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities", the statement continued. "At no time has Ms. Reid claimed that the Wayback Machine was hacked, though early in our investigation, we were made aware of a breach at archive.org which may have correlated with the fraudulent blog posts we observed on their website", it reads. 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.

This is not the first controversy to steam from Reid's blog, which is now defunct.

But the Internet Archive has another, automated way to remove entries from its database.

Reid, a former morning talk radio host and columnist for the Miami Herald, denied that she wrote the posts and claimed that her blog had been hacked at some point since it shuttered in 2009.

Still with me? Great. Yesterday the Internet Archive released a statement saying they saw no indication their site had been hacked and further noting that their system contained multiple archives of the allegedly hacked material, strongly suggesting the archive was an accurate representation of what was present on the blog 10 years ago. But now she's suggesting she didn't write numerous posts in the first place - that instead she was hacked.

According to The New York Times, MSNBC provided to letters in December from a lawyer for Reid to Google's parent company and the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library that hosted Reid's blog, alerting them to hacking and asking for assistance.

What should be clear about this whole situation is that absolutely nothing lines up.

In addition, old posts from "The Reid Report" included various jokes making fun of people in politics and media for being "totally gay".

Nichols said that Reid's blog posts were altered in an attempt to smear and embarrass her. If those posts were real they would have undoubtedly elicited responses from Ms. Reid's base.


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