(National Sentinel) Fake News Entries: MSNBC host Joy Reid, who makes constant references to supporters of the president as being racists, is claiming that homophobic statements contained in a former blog were put there by hackers, but one top cybersecurity expert isn’t buying it.
Cybersecurity expert Jason McNew, who spent a dozen years working for the White House and Camp David under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told The Daily Caller it will be difficult for Reid to prove her innocence.
“Her claims are incredulous, to say the least. Proving what she’s saying with any certainty would be extremely difficult,” McNew said. “People’s viewpoints have changed a lot [in the last 25 years].”
As reported by The Western Journal:
In a statement Monday to Mediaite, Reid claimed an “unknown, external party” accessed her now-defunct blog and added “offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.” Reid claimed she discovered the hacks after she began working with “a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity.”
Among the posts cited by Reid’s attorneys as being bogus are two items that were part of her live blog during coverage of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, 2006. The two posts — made 30 minutes apart — make crude references to homosexual acts between Alito and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Online archives maintained by the Library of Congress and reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation show the allegedly bogus entries were indeed posted on Reid’s blog on those two dates in 2006.
“It sounds like baloney to me,” McNew said of posts being the result of hacking.
“When data like this is archived, there might be other copies in Google database, or in Bing’s database, there might be additional copies that would disprove what she’s saying,” he told The DC.
He added that for Reid’s claim to be correct, a hacker would have had to have accessed her blog at the time she was writing in it and that the hack would not have been noticed in real time by Reid or anyone else for nearly 12 years.
“I don’t think in terms of targeting [Reid] the juice doesn’t seem worth the squeeze. Why would you go through such a thing?” said McNew.
As for NBC, the network is sticking by her alleged gay-bashing. That said, The Western Journal noted: “Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster posted a tweet Wednesday claiming the network “is considering” firing Reid over the controversy, in part because it doesn’t believe her claims of being hacked.”