It’s beginning to look like the skeptics were right, the hack wasn’t hacked.
MSNBC resident racist Joy-Ann Reid could find herself in legal hot water over claims that her personal blog was hacked into by “an unknown, external party” and filled with homophobic content as “part of an effort to taint my character with false information,” which is what Reid told Mediaite last week.
“I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries,” she said. “I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups.”
Reid is now singing a different tune this week, but according to her own words, she “notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach,” Mediate reported.
With skeptics not buying her claim and the “cybersecurity experts” she hired failing to come up with any evidence, Reid is now falling all over herself to apologize, acting as if her body had suddenly been possessed by some demonic force who wrote the terrible things seen in the now defunct blog.
Either way, MSNBC is standing behind their zealot, despite the discovery of anti-gay posts from her blog in the 2000s.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 28, 2018
“Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they’d come from or whose voice that was,” Reid said over the weekend on her show, adding that she has “spent a lot of time trying to make sense of these posts.”
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” the MSNBC host said. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that, I am truly, truly sorry.”
But there could be legal trouble ahead for Reid, if Attorney General Jeff Sessions opts to engage. A big if.
The Daily Beast pretty much destroyed Reid’s claims of being hacked, and reporting last week the cybersecurity expert Reid hired, Jonathan Nichols, said Reid no longer believes she was hacked.
Reid came as close as she probably ever will to confessing Sunday on her show.
“I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then,” she said. “I like to think I’ve gotten better as a person over time — that I’m still growing. That I’m not the same person I was 10, or five, or even one year ago. And I know that my goal is to try to be a better person, and a better ally.”
Naturally, the left is eager to sweep the whole controversy under the rug as the LGBT community collectively sits on its hands.
Except for the report filed with the FBI.
As Law & Crimes noted, MSNBC “quietly shopped around” research from Nichols in support of Reid “and that farce would appear to be the basis for the FBI complaint.”
The legal news site said it “almost certainly appears to be the case that Reid and/or MSNBC filed a report with the FBI – and many have suggested this report itself was false.”
The question is, was it done “knowingly and willfully,” which would leave Reid and/or the network guilty of making a false statement under 18 USC §1001.
Of course there’s a sea of legalese to traverse, meaning we shouldn’t expect to see her in an orange jumper anytime soon.
“But if Reid, [her attorney John H.] Reichman, Nichols or anyone else at MSNBC did file a report with the FBI over the alleged (now disproven and abandoned) hacking claims viz. those homophobic blog posts, there could be legal trouble ahead,” wrote Law & Crime’s Colin Kalmbacher.
Oh, if only we could be so lucky.
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