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Internet Archives Disagree With Joy Reid’s Claim Her Homophobic Blogs Posts of Yore Were “Manipulated”

Internet Archives Disagree With Joy Reid’s Claim Her Homophobic Blogs Posts of Yore Were “Manipulated”

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

The internet is FOREVER, as MSNBC hostess Joy Reid is learning.

Reid usually makes headlines for the…interesting things she suggests, most recently fantasizing about a scenario in which President Trump evades arrest by federal authorities and is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House.

In any case, before she ascended to MSNBC, Joy Reid had a blog called the Reid Report.

Back in December, some of Reid’s old posts surfaced and she apologized, saying, “It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. There is no excusing it – not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions.”

Those posts included suggestions that then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist was gay, frequently referring to him as “Miss Charlie.”

Mediaite had the story then:

MSNBC’s Joy Reid has apologized for old posts of hers containing homophobic remarks.

As Mediaite reported yesterday, Reid repeatedly mocked then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist as a closeted gay man who she nicknamed “Miss Charlie.”

“Now that he’s married to a girl,” she wrote in one such post, “Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff… [The GOP] are wooing Miss Charlie to run.”

In a statement provided to Mediaite, Reid apologized and said, “At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy.”

But the internet is forever and so more posts have bubbled up to the surface.

Mediaite obtained screenshots of the now-defunct Reid Report which contained blog post content well outside the bounds of progressive scripture, most notably, content unflattering to the LGBTQ[and whatever other letters go here] community again. Reid’s old site is no longer up and running, nor can it be found in the archives. “neither the actual defunct site nor its archived pages are currently accessible, as their Wayback Machine links mysteriously disappeared in December after Mediaite‘s initial story on Reid’s homophobic comments about Florida Congressman Charlie Crist was published,” writes Mediaite.

So far, there’s no mea culpa from Reid. Nope. This time, she’s blaming hackers or some other nefarious force for manipulating old blog posts to make her look bad.

Reid provided the following statement to Mediaite:

“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.

I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach. 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.

Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. 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.”

Wellllllllll, the Wayback Machine, an internet archive source, disagrees.

Tuesday, the Wayback Machine shredded Reid’s statement. It’s beautiful:

Some recent press stories (12) have discussed archived blog posts of a prominent journalist, Joy Ann Reid, in the Wayback Machine and her claims that some of these posts were “manipulated” by an “unknown, external party”.

This past December, Reid’s lawyers contacted us, asking to have archives of the blog (blog.reidreport.com) 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 (Reid’s claim regarding the point of manipulation is still unclear to us).

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.

We let Reid’s lawyers know that the information provided was not sufficient for us to verify claims of manipulation. Consequently, and due to Reid’s being a journalist (a very high-profile one, at that) and the journalistic nature of the blog archives, we declined to take down the archives. We were clear that we would welcome and consider any further information that they could provide us to support their claims.

Though, according to the Wayback Machine, it looks like someone tried to divert traffic away from Reid’s archived posts:

At some point after our correspondence, a robots.txt exclusion request specific to the Wayback Machine was placed on the live blog. That request was automatically recognized and processed by the Wayback Machine and the blog archives were excluded, unbeknownst to us (the process is fully automated). The robots.txt exclusion from the web archive remains automatically in effect due to the presence of request on the live blog.

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Comments

Ascended to MSNBC?
Did I miss the /s tag? That is almost as comical as Ms. Reid.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to amwick. | April 24, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    MSNBC is most certainly a good place for her. She makes it clear that (BLM) Black Liars Matter.

Rabid Leftist Female Black Commentator.

Bunch of Gay Guy/Gal Types.

When Worlds Collide.

What is the MSM to do?

Oh, The Humanity!!!

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 24, 2018 at 8:04 pm

I’m guessing Media Matters has not ordered its online Army of psychopathic trolls to harass her advertisers.

Transphobic. No Judgment.

I write mean things online all the time. I guess I must be a journalist.

Another from the herd of sacred cows: fat, black, self-righteous, entitled, supercilious, anti-American, flaming liberal, cultural misappropriators: Donna Brazil, Michelle Obama, DeRionne Pollard, Jehmu Green, Whoopi Goldberg, Corrine Brown, Naima Lowe, and Joy Reid.

    C. Lashown in reply to Rick. | April 25, 2018 at 1:16 am

    ??? The only issue I can spot here is that she betrayed her roots and told the truth about the Beta gender perverts of the Left. Where is the offense, except liberal progressives are all about re-defining ‘normal’? How will the Left respond when told that scientists claim “Uranus smells like rotten eggs”? Obviously with outrage, since they claim it smells like clover!

As somebody that likes to believe themselves reasonably computer savvy (gaming is my hobby), stories like this always make me laugh.

They demonstrate, more than anything, how really ignorant politicians and the news media are. They seem to believe in Hollywood Hacking, where somebody can sit at a 10 year old laptop, hit a couple random keys, and get access to the Pentagon.

Needless to say that is really, REALLY stupid.

I remember at least 2 different Congressmen, who tried to claim they were ‘hacked’ after emailing/texting naked pictures of themselves.

Though, according to the Wayback Machine, it looks like someone tried to divert traffic away from Reid’s archived posts:

At some point after our correspondence, a robots.txt exclusion request specific to the Wayback Machine was placed on the live blog. That request was automatically recognized and processed by the Wayback Machine and the blog archives were excluded, unbeknownst to us (the process is fully automated).

The robots.txt file is just an instruction included in the current blog page’s coding which requests that the Wayback Machine not make records of the web page now. It shouldn’t have any effect on the material already archived.

Rule #2 of the internet. Collect screenshots and downloads of all the good stuff, then publish your article outing the stupidity. And make your initial accusation w/o supportive evidence, which will prompt them to a) deny it and b) scrub everything. Then you produce all the evidence, which gives you twice as much fun for the buck as they have already doubled-down for you. It is always the coverup which yields the most rewards.

Easily one of the most uneducated, ill informed, and stupidest commentators that dare show his or hers foibles in public, she reaps her reward.

I have no love for Reid, but I will say that viewing homosexual behavior as gross is neither homophobic nor anti-gay. It is a normal, healthy reaction to perverse behavior.

    I really didn’t care enough to dig for quotes of her actual comments, but her comments back then were probably no worse than things I may have said during the same period of time. The disclosure of her emails don’t prove or disprove that Joy Reid is “homophobic” (whatever that means), but is sure as hell proves that she is a hypocrite.

Well, I don’t know, I don’t see anything particularly “hateful” there. Generic needling of sacred cows may annoy somebody, but hate it ain’t.

Of course it’s not good Borg Assimilation Progressivism, either, which I suppose is really the point.

Nobody should be surprised that Reid is a Homophobe as well as a virulent racist.

Sow the wind…

harleycowboy | April 29, 2018 at 9:09 am

The hacked meme isn’t working. You’ll now have to go into “I misspoke.” mode. When that fails and you’re shown the door, play the race card to it’s max.

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