MSNBC Host Joy Reid Entangled in Hacker, Homophobic Slurs Scandal

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By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. editor, mgreen@54.204.251.142

Time traveling hacks may have made perfect sense for retroactive mayhem in the movie “Back to the Future,” yet few people believed MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid’s statement that an “external party accessed and manipulated material” from her now obsolete blog, The Reid Report.

The homophobic posts were uncovered by Wayback Machine, which New York Magazine describes as the “nonprofit Internet Archive” that shows photos of websites as they appeared at particular points in time.

FILE – In this April 20, 2018 file photo, Joy Reid attends the Tribeca TV screening of “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Reid insists that homophobic language in one of her old blog posts is the work of a computer hacker and her security expert said Wednesday they have a strong suspicion of who did it. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Reid claimed this time traveling homophobic hack was a smear campaign against her in order to “include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter [to her] personal beliefs and ideology.”

First, Reid said that the hack was discovered in December of last year and she began working on getting to the bottom of the issue.

“I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach,” she said in a statement, according to Mediaite.

Now her lawyer, John H. Reichman is saying the FBI is involved.

“We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid,” said Reichman.

Meanwhile, there are some who are questioning the veracity of Reid’s claims. An April 26 report by the Daily Beast alleges that the claims made by Reid’s cybersecurity consultant do not pass scrutiny.

Amid all this controversy, Reid will keep her job as an on-air host for MSNBC and many of her supporters are coming to her defense.

A MSNBC source told The Washington Post that the company is pending action during the investigation.

“The matter has been brought to the attention of law enforcement and we’re letting that process play itself out,” the MSNBC source said.

NBC’s “This is Us” director and executive producer Ken Olin is calling people to stand up for Reid.

“It’s time for everyone who appreciates [Joy Ann Reid] for her integrity, her intelligence, her rigor, and her passion, to make it known that we believe in her, and we will NOT let a Fake Narrative right wing smear job silence her. #fight4Joy.”