MSNBC host MSNBC’s Joy Reid said she doesn’t “believe” that she wrote the anti-gay statements that appeared on her old blog (The Reid Report) via the internet archive Wayback Machine.
Reid apologized in December 2017 for writing homophobic posts about former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) between 2007 and 2009, after she was exposed by Twitter user @Jamie_Maz, who posted screenshots of the posts, notes HuffPost.
@Jamie_Maz recently tweeted more screenshots allegedly from Reid’s old blog that said “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing” and “adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types.”
Reid suggested this past week that the Wayback Machine, which showed the anti-gay posts, had been hacked, but the Wayback Machine denied any hacks.
Reid offered a denial and apology on her MSNBC show “AM Joy”:
A community I support and deeply care about is hurting because of despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me. Many of you have seen the blog posts circulating online and social media.
Many of them are homophobic and discriminatory and hateful. When a friend found them and sent them to me, I was stunned. Frankly I couldn’t imagine where they came from and whose voice that was.
In the months since, I spent a lot of time trying to make sense of the posts. I hired cyber security experts to see if somebody manipulated my words or former blog and the reality is they have not been able to prove it.
But here’s what I know: I generally do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me, but I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and I have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.
I’ve 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 story.
Reid dedicated the 30 minutes or so of her show to lecturing how how “hurtful speech” affects marginalized communities with LGTBQ activists.
MSNBC did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Jonathan Nichols, Reid’s hired cybersecurity consultant, did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.