FBI now investigating Joy Reid’s claims that blog was hacked with anti-gay posts

FBI now investigating Joy Reid’s claims that blog was hacked with anti-gay posts
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[Ed. – A followup to this story.]

Joy Reid has brought the FBI into her investigation of what she claims was a hacking of her website.

After screenshots of her old Reid Report blog went viral last week that included multiple homophobic comments, the MSNBC host claimed that the Internet Archive version of her blog had been hacked.

Posts from the mid-2000s included a top five “totally not gay celebrities” list in 2006 that included Clay Aiken and Anderson Cooper and pleas to Keith Olbermann to “defend your honor” against speculation that he was gay.

In her initial defense, Reid claimed that she had been hacked.

“In December I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology,” she said in a statement to Mediaite.

“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.

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