When a friend found [the posts] in December and sent them to me, I was stunned. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they’d come from or whose voice that was. In the months since I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make sense of these posts. I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody had manipulated my words or my former blog. And the reality is they have not been able to prove it.Reid does not “believe” she wrote the posts, which even her fans admit is a strange choice of words:
I genuinely 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 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 sorry.Twitter was skeptical to say the least.
The blog posts in question were posted from 2007 to 2009 and featured startlingly homophobic analyses of Washington and Hollywood. Some of the most prominent examples were posted to Twitter by @Jaime_Maz:
I fixed this for Joy Reid. pic.twitter.com/7ppuq0ZCe6— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) April 29, 2018
1/x From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so.— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017
She repeatedly referred to him as "Miss Charlie" and tagged posts about him under "gay politicians." (thread) pic.twitter.com/tRYvJ3lTc8
2/x Joy constantly refers to Crist mockingly as "Miss Charlie" and insinuates that his marriage is a fraud to cover up his being gay. pic.twitter.com/2E7i8rCq8C— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017
Some of these posts are absolutely shameful.
3/x She makes a joke about John McCain "tapping" Crist, says Crist spent his honeymoon ogling male waiters and thinking about how he didn't want to see his wife naked, and mocked Crist's big gay wedding. pic.twitter.com/KmWxJymc3J— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017
2/x Top 5 "totally not gay celebrities of the year".— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018
Using your media platform to out people you think is gay to get clicks has nothing to do with Republicans hypocrisy on gay marriage. pic.twitter.com/0B921itHkj
3/x Joy writes that @karlrove is known as Miss Piggy in Washington DC’s gay circles. Claims he is a leader of the gay Republican mafia.— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018
Joy re-posted this "reidblog classics" at the end of the year for her readers’ enjoyment. pic.twitter.com/mFTvApK0VX
Professionals are incredibly skeptical of Reid’s claim she was hacked. The blog posts in question were archived by Wayback Machine, which archives websites in real time. Hayler Miller explained how this makes Reid’s story doubtful on Huffpost:
13/x When Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, Joy wrote that the real question people should be asking is whether or not Miers was a lesbian.— Abolish ICE (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018
She then mocks the lesbian haircuts of the directors of NOW and GLAAD. pic.twitter.com/2bo4ggGXsZ
Since Wayback Machine captures sites in real time, this means someone would have had to hack Reid’s blog numerous times between 2005 and 2009. If someone hacked her blog recently and attempted to change the timestamps to a previous year, Wayback Machine would still archive the posts according to the date they were actually hacked. … It’s unclear who would repeatedly target Reid in the mid-to-late-2000s, more than a decade before she rose to national fame with MSNBC. Reid’s Wikipedia page wasn’t even created until 2014.
While Reid sticks to her story surrounding the hacking, she’s owned up to authoring several tweets which mock Ann Coulter and the transsexual community, saying they were “wrong and horrible.” https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/19374227866
The entire Joy Reid thing nailed like a frickin' board. 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/XXtgHHsDHz— Go Leftward! 🌹🌻 (@LeftwardSwing) April 30, 2018
Reid concluded her apology/denial by acknowledging she is still trying to improve as a person:
RT @TheReidReport P.M. clicks: Colbert advises Miss Lindsey, Milbank advises Charlie http://bit.ly/adrk3T— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 25, 2010
The person I am now is not the person I was then. I like to think I’ve gotten better as a person over time — that I’m still growing, that I’m not the same person I was 10 or five or even one year ago. And I know that my goal is to try to be a better person and a better ally. H/T – MSNBC/Facebook, Vox