MSNBC host Joy Reid’s colorful past is coming back to haunt her in a big way.
After an FBI investigation was opened into an alleged hack of Reid’s blog, and found no evidence of a hacking, Reid could be staring down the barrel of some serious jail time.
All of this came to light when some old posts of Joy Reid were rehashed on Twitter.
The posts were blatant slams against gays with some rather unkind commentary.
The posts occurred over dozens of months, actually pointing to an anti-homosexual theme by Reid.
When the posts started to go viral on Twitter, Reid immediately came out to say she would NEVER have made comments like that.
Reid issued a statement via Mediate:
“In December, I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog.”
“I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach.”
After the investigation took place, no evidence was found that any illegal hacking actually took place on her blog.
Reid was forced to acknowledge such, stating, “I hired cyber-security experts to see if somebody had manipulated my words for my former blog. And the reality is they have not been able to prove it.”
The first question is if the FBI investigation took place at Reid’s request or if they were responding to news reports and initiated the investigation on their own.
If she did in fact file a report, she broke the law, plain and simple.
Something of note is her actual statements, though.
Initially, she stated a cyber expert she had hired had found signs of a hacking, which led her to inform federal authorities of the hacking.
The statement she later released said the people she hired could not find any signs of a hacking.
No matter how you slice this, Reid is lying somewhere along the line.
While Reid has issued a half-hearted apology over the posts, that simply is not enough.
We can say without a shred of doubt, had a conservative host been linked to comments like these, they would have been fired two seconds after the information became public.
It is time for MSNBC to step up and do the right thing… fire Reid.