A prominent LGBT group rescinds its award to Joy Ann Reid after more anti-gay posts were allegedly found on her old blog, the Reid Report, though she has vehemently stated the bigoted posts were fabricated.
PFLAG rescinded “its Straight for Equality in Media award” to Reid as a result of the latest fallout. PFLAG National president Jean Hodges said in a statement they are rescinding the award “in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information.”
“When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist. We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally,” Hodges said.
Internet Archives Blog issued a statement, saying that it has no indication that Reid’s old site was hacked (a claim she did not make) and are refusing to remove the archives from its Wayback machine:
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).
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald released a copy of a NBC News statement from Reid’s cyber-security consultant, Jonathan Nichols, that claims to have “found evidence” that the now-defunct blog, the Reid Report, “was breached after a review of suspicious activity.”
NBC is now sending around an undated, extremely vague "report" from what it says is Joy Reid's "security expert" – someone named Jonathan Nichols. Looks like it was written today in response to the controversy. Just for yourself if any evidence is here & if it's convincing: pic.twitter.com/yq1XGcGE5B
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 25, 2018
The bottom line is that Ms. Reid needs to fight to clear her name if the site was truly breached and the fabricated bigoted blog posts were uploaded. If she did write those posts, then she needs to apologize and make amends to the gay community and to her supporters. Her voice is needed in this political climate and there are forces who want to take her down.
Politico: The NBC spokesperson, who declined to be named, said that Reid has referred the matter to law enforcement and that the network would wait for that process to play out before taking any action