Joy Reid Says Old Homophobic Blog Posts "Hacked"; Archive.org Hits Back

MSNBC Weekend host Joy-Ann Reid - who in December apologized for a series of homophobic blog posts from 2007-2009, thought it would be a good idea to pour lighter fluid on herself and tell Mediaite that the offensive posts were "somehow put in by an "external party" that "manipulated material from my now-defunct blog.""

In a statement to Mediaite, Reid said that the allegedly hacked entries do "not represent the original entries on her site.

“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." -Joy Reid

So Reid is now claiming that hackers authored numerous anti-gay articles on The Reid Report to make her look bad. AKA the "I didn't do anything wrong" defense. 

In December, Mediaite reported on the offensive content, noting that "Reid wrote a dozen blog posts in 2007, 2008, and 2009 that contained homophobic conspiracies and anti-gay jokes."

Reid wrote numerous bigoted blog posts smearing, mocking, and attacking former Florida governor Charlie Crist. These rants included calling Crist “Miss Charlie” and sarcastically using the tags “gay politicians” and “not gay politicians” — despite the fact that the twice-married, heterosexual man has never come-out as gay.

Reid went on to spread the crackpot conspiracy theory that Crist was actually a closeted gay man who refused to come out for fear that his sexual orientation would hurt his political career. Additionally, the AM Joy host claims Crist’s marriages to women are part of this elaborate cover up.

As bad as the conspiracy theory is in itself, Reid doesn’t just suggest Cris is gay — she assumes he is gay and proceeds to attack him for it. “Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie. Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies,” wrote Reid in a 2007 post. -Mediaite

It gets worse

As The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald notes - "THE LAST 24 HOURS have changed the Joy Reid situation considerably. Last week, the same left-wing Twitter user (Jamie Maz) who first unearthed Reid’s anti-gay tweets about Crist unearthed far more toxic, bigoted, and vicious anti-gay articles that appeared to be from Reid’s old blog."

Reid has removed her blog from the internet, so Maz found the articles using the “Wayback Machine,” the internet digital archive that stores old online content even after it’s been removed or deleted by the publisher. Last night, the news outlet that reports on TV news media, Mediaite, published an extensive story on these newly found articles that appear under Reid’s byline.

But unlike the posts for which Reid apologized in December — which she said were intended to mock the hypocrisy of GOP officials who are simultaneously closeted gays, but also anti-gay in their politics — these newly discovered articles have nothing to do with GOP hypocrisy. They are just hateful, bigoted, and homophobic in their own right.

Click on any of the three tweets below to read the original Twitter thread by Jamie Maz, full of screenshots similar to the above.

Some of the lowlights, as Mediaite itemized, include (via The Intercept):

  • “defend[ing] former NBA star Tim Hardaway’s aggressively anti-gay comments by writing that while such comments are stupid for a public figure to make: ‘most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing’”;
  • saying she “couldn’t go see [Brokeback Mountain] either, despite my sister’s ringing endorsement, because I didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex. Does that make me homophobic? Probably”;
  • arguing that “intrinsic” to being straight is finding gay sex acts “gross”;
  • “defending Marine General Peter Pace after he condemned ‘homosexual acts’ as ‘immoral’ by suggesting his views are actually normal”;
  • opposing Harriet Miers’s nomination to the Supreme Court by implying she is a closeted lesbian and comparing her “lesbian haircut” to those worn by the presidents of NOW and GLAAD;
  • promoting the ugliest and most destructive stereotype of gay men as pedophile predators by suggesting that anti-gay attitudes are based in “concerns that adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types, bringing them ‘into the lifestyle’ in a way that many people consider to be immoral” and that “gay rights groups seek to organize very young, impressionable teens who may have an inclination that they are gay.”

The Wayback Machine Hits Back

Responding to Reid's claims that the entries were hacked, the folks over at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine at archive.org responded, claiming they hadn't identified anything "to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine" versions of Reid's blog.

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 (the point at which the manipulation is to have occurred, according to Reid, 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.-Internet Archive

That leaves Reid with only one option; hackers must have broken into her website prior to the internet archive cataloging it, and made dozens of homophobic, bigoted entries, which just sat there for years until they were unearthed nearly a decade later. 

Unfortunately we can't check out Reid's old blog posts, as "sometime after the story broke last December, Joy Reid had the archive taken down," by adding a "robots.txt" file to the website which tells the Internet Archive to exclude the site. Unfortunately for her, Jamie Maz took copious screenshots to document Reid's comments. 

Comments

NiggaPleeze beepbop Thu, 04/26/2018 - 02:42 Permalink

I don't get the offense.  She can't say seeing two men kiss is gross?  I don't have mind gays but they should be discreet - I don't like PDA among straights either but with gays it's just nauseating.  Was waiting in line once at a taxi stand in Berlin and two queers were sucking face for 20 minutes in front of me, I was just physically nauseous.  I shouldn't be able to say that?  Why not?

Secular humanism is as intolerant as ISIS or any other "fundamentalist" religion.

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Harry Lightning wisehiney Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:46 Permalink

Anthony Weiner said the same thing - it was hackers who took control of his account and put the weiner photos on his Twitter account.  Such nonsense.

This Reid woman should own up to what she wrote, its not much different than what a majority of people think about the gay lifestyle. She would lose her job and PMSNBC only to be hired by Fox. She'd probably even get better ratings !

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MoreFreedom Harry Lightning Thu, 04/26/2018 - 08:51 Permalink

Reid is just following in the footsteps of her gods Bill Clinton, Obama, and Hillary, and their example.  She is just lying about it. 

I did not have sex with that woman, I mean I didn't write those homophobic statements.

You can keep your plan, because a hacker wrote those statements, not me.

I didn't have any emails with government secrets on my server.  I want all my emails released (except the ones I deleted).  And those weren't my statements.

And my network cares very much about our reputation for honesty.  

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rtb61 wisehiney Thu, 04/26/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

Yeah clueless liar making up shit. The web site is the way back machine, they are the one and only group that can notify the police of anything, about anything to do with that web site, nothing what so ever to do with anyone else. It has to be one of the stupidest and lame, on noes, I was hacked excuses I have ever read, something a twelve year old would invent.

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VideoEng_NC Wed, 04/25/2018 - 23:52 Permalink

Hey Joy, having a little problem with your past from 10 yrs back or so & getting berated by the court of public opinion?  Like you to meet Al, Al Franken...

LetThemEatRand RealistDuJour Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

The best part about "grab 'em by the pussy" is that Trump never claimed to be anything else.   He presided over beauty pageants for fuck's sake before he became President.  Hypocrisy used to be a preacher finger banging an alter boy while on crack.  Now it's the so-called liberals finger banging themselves and saying "stop finger banging me!"

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 04/25/2018 - 23:59 Permalink

Coloreds are not down with the gay agenda. Being gay, and colored, isn't tolerated in the ghetto. It's why a lot of gay coloreds are on the down low.

I have read a number of articles about this incident. It isn't clear what happened.

Intercept article here: https://theintercept.com/2018/04/24/msnbcs-joy-reid-claims-her-website-…

Here is an explanation about how robots.txt can be used to make a site disappear from the above linked Intercept article: "One way an archive can be removed is by the owner of the site adding a robots.txt file which tells the Internet Archive to exclude the site. Another way is to email the site and ask them to remove it. So it seems that, sometime after the story broke last December, Joy Reid had the archive taken down. Did she do that because she knew it had been hacked or because it was embarrassing? It seems she was embarrassed by it last year but now it’s someone else’s fault entirely." (This is an exact quote from the above linked Intercept article).

Wayback Machine comments here: https://blog.archive.org

This is an exact quote from the Wayback Machine: "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 the request on the live blog. Also, the blog URL which previously pointed to an msnbc.com page now points to a generic parked page."

I have never heard of robots.txt until reading this article. Who controls robots.txt? Any ideas? Nevermind, after re-reading the Intercept article it looks like the owner of a blog controls the robots.txt exclusions request. Which means that Reid took measures to disappear her site. Interesting.

OverTheHedge HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:27 Permalink

It's all here: https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/9463/2225/…

Controlled by the site admin - it's just a small text file on the root directory of the site.

Robots.txt - General information

Robots.txt is a text file located in the site’s root directory that specifies for search engines’ crawlers and spiders what website pages and files you want or don’t want them to visit. Usually, site owners strive to be noticed by search engines, but there are cases when it’s not needed: For instance, if you store sensitive data or you want to save bandwidth by not indexing excluding heavy pages with images.

When a crawler accesses a site, it requests a file named '/robots.txt' in the first place. If such a file is found, the crawler checks it for the website indexation instructions.

NOTE: There can be only one robots.txt file for the website. A robots.txt file for an addon domain needs to be placed to the corresponding document root.

Google's official stance on the robots.txt file

A robots.txt file consists of lines which contain two fields: one line with a user-agent name (search engine crawlers) and one or several lines starting with the directive

   Disallow:

Robots.txt has to be created in the UNIX text format.

Basics of robots.txt syntax

Usually, a robots.txt file contains something like this:

   User-agent: *
   Disallow: /cgi-bin/
   Disallow: /tmp/
   Disallow: /~different/

In this example three directories: '/cgi-bin/', '/tmp/' and '/~different/' are excluded from indexation.

BTW, who is this woman, and why should I care? (Non-US, non-MSM watcher - can you tell?)

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RedBaron616 LadyAtZero Thu, 04/26/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

The point is that she is on MSNBC, the most "progressive", as they like to call it, TV channel going. So not thinking that one guy having sex with another is perfectly normal there is verboten. You are not allowed to think it, more or less write it. Socialists are all about destroying America and here's a Socialist who is actually repulsed by what normal people should be repulsed by. If nothing else, the plumbing is all wrong.

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Neochrome Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

http://freebeacon.com/uncategorized/joy-reid-blog-mocked-chubbed-shrew-…

After Reid apologized for old homophobic blog posts in December 2017, her blog "The Reid Report" was effectively taken off of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine thanks to an exclusion request added by the website's operators. But a mirror of the Wayback Machine operated by the Library of Congress remains unaffected, and several of Reid's posts are still visible on that site.

ECONOMICRESET Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

A Liberal unmasking a Liberal. This political group has no loyalty to each other. They are a bunch of cry baby bitches that back stab each other, therefore their views will not progress but destroy themselves. 

hannah Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

if you really want a GOOD laugh...google 'krystal ball journalist' and check out the photos and video of krystal sucking a strapon on a girls head at a party then wearing multiple dicks on her head WHILE SHE WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS....hahahahahahahaha