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Media Asks: Did Joy Reid Make False Hacking Report?

Media Asks: Did Joy Reid Make False Hacking Report?
Joy-Ann Reid on April 13, 2018, in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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Monday, 04 June 2018 12:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When someone, no matter who that person might be, files a false report with the FBI, shouldn’t they be held accountable?

After a series of homophobic posts on MSNBC host Joy Reid’s now defunct blog went viral, she initially denied making them, even though she’d apologized for publishing similar posts late last year.

Reid claimed that the archive version of her blog, the Reid Report, had been hacked, prompting her and the network to hire a cybersecurity expert to prove that claim.

Additional inflammatory and questionable blog posts, apparently written by Reid, kept popping up.

New targets of her gay-bashing included MSNBC colleague Chris Matthews and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell; she also went after Muslims.

Still more posts surfaced suggesting that she’d become a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

Then she took her denials a step too far — she brought in the feds.

"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,” Reid announced.

"Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups."

Within days, she abandoned claims that she’d been hacked and offered something along the lines of a non-denial denial of the posts’ authorship: "I genuinely believe I did not write those hateful things," she said during the opening segment of her show, "A.M. Joy."

But then she appeared to admit responsibility, while adding that in the years since she maintained her blog that she’d grown as a person.

"I cannot take any of that back,” Reid continued. “I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then. I like to think that I've gotten better over time, that I'm still growing."

Talk radio host and Washington Times associate editor Larry O’Conner observed that the MSNBC personality wants to eat her cake and have it too.

“Looks like @JoyAnnReid is trying to have it both ways. ‘I'm a different person, I evolved... please forgive me... oh... And I genuinely believe I never said those things I've evolved from,’” he tweeted.

O’Conner also brought up Reid’s legal liability problem: “Also, did she call in the FBI on a false claim?” he asked.

Title 18 U.S. Code, Section 1001, provides that “whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully ... makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation ... shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years.”

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor, lost his job after serving less than a month and faced legal repercussions for allegedly lying to the FBI — even though the agents who interviewed him believed he was being truthful.

Reid’s case is far more egregious. Her statements to the FBI weren’t in response to questioning — she reportedly went to the agency and volunteered a report.

Fox News host Sean Hannity applauded Reid’s apology on his own blog, and said she should be allowed to continue hosting her show at MSNBC.

"Her apology should be accepted, and she should be given a chance to make it right, and not fired," he said.

But what about her seemingly false report to the FBI?

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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