MSNBC host Joy Reid is still claiming that the old posts on her blog containing homophobic content were hacked. The claims are absurd, as the content was discovered using the internet wayback machine and were even archived at the Library of Congress.
Now Reid has pulled out of a speaking event and has been suspended by the liberal Daily Beast.
The Hill reports:
Daily Beast to ‘hit pause’ on Joy Reid columns; MSNBC host backs off speaking event
The Daily Beast is “going to hit pause” on Joy Reid’s columns while its reporters investigate the MSNBC host’s claims that her old blog was hacked and that homophobic comments found on it were “fabricated.”
“Reid claims that she was hacked, that new blog posts aren’t really hers,” said Noah Shachtman, the publication’s executive editor, in a note to Daily Beast staff on Wednesday.
“Kevin Poulsen — our top cybersecurity reporter and a no-shit authority in the field — is investigating those claims. Our media reporter Max Tani is examining Reid’s history, in part to see if the tone of her alleged blog posts matches the tone she took offline at the time.”
“In the meantime, we’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns until we’re satisfied that Kevin and Max’s reporting has run its course,” Shachtman added…
BuzzFeed also reported on Wednesday that Reid backed out of a scheduled panel discussion event in New York organized by CAFE, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s media venture.
Reid was set to moderate a panel with several political participants, including Pete Buttigieg (D), the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind.
The left wing group Media Matters has announced that there will be no boycott of Reid’s advertisers. Isn’t that curious?