swings both ways!

Some recent press stories (1, 2) have discussed archived blog posts of a prominent journalist, Joy Ann Reid, in the Wayback Machine and her claims that some of these posts were “manipulated” by an “unknown, external party”.

This past December, Reid’s lawyers contacted us, asking to have archives of the blog (blog.reidreport.com) taken down, stating that “fraudulent” posts were “inserted into legitimate content” in our archives of the blog. Her attorneys stated that they didn’t know if the alleged insertion happened on the original site or with our archives (the point at which the manipulation is to have occurred, according to Reid, is still unclear to us).

When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities.

We let Reid’s lawyers know that the information provided was not sufficient for us to verify claims of manipulation. Consequently, and due to Reid’s being a journalist (a very high-profile one, at that) and the journalistic nature of the blog archives, we declined to take down the archives.

LGBTQ group PFLAG has rescinded an award honoring MSNBC host Joy Reid amid a growing backlash to anti-gay blog posts that appeared on Reid’s old blog.

PFLAG was poised to honor Reid with the group’s annual “Straight for Equality in Media” award in May but reversed that decision on Tuesday after Reid’s explanation for the posts appeared to fall apart…

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5 Comments!

  1. Chris in NC
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:02 pm |

    “swings both ways” Now that’s a great title lol. Good to see PFLAG has a moral compass when it comes to this instead of letting her off.

  2. DougM (μολὼν λαβέ)
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm |

  3. TN VOLUNTEER
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:33 pm |

    ….Lying b*tch is her middle name!

  4. Dave
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:48 pm |

    Two words…
    Dumb ass

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 9:47 am |

    Looking over Dems, I see hypocrites to the left of me, hypocrites to the right of me, hypocrites in front of me and behind me; we’re surrounded by hypocrites. We can shoot in any direction.

    HT to some guy named Chesty at Chosin Reservoir: “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”

    Weiner, the Private Eye Private Dick Public Dick has the Maltese Falcon Benghazi Bluebird in hand.