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BUSTED: Internet Archive Rejects Joy Reid’s Claim That Hackers Fabricated Her Blogs

A non-profit internet library that archives web pages has rejected MSNBC host Joy Reid’s claims that someone hacked her website, went back in time, and fabricated her blog posts.

Reid has been in the national spotlight this week after multiple new blog posts from her now-defunct website were found on a web archive site that showed homophobic and bigoted writings coming from her.

“When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions,” the Internet Archive said in a statement to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. “At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities.”

In a statement on Monday, Reid claimed that she learned in December that someone hacked her blog posts and fabricated them:

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.

Reid’s statement claiming that she had been hacked by bad actors contradicts an apology that she issued in late December apologizing for writing multiple bigoted and homophobic posts.

Glenn Greenwald, a journalist at The Intercept, noted NBC’s response to the allegations in a tweet early on Tuesday, saying what the network is counting on is that “no liberal outlets or journalists will be willing to even mention any of this happened, so they won’t have to ever account for it. They’re counting on a lack of integrity to overlook bigotry & possible lying from their own side.”

Glenn Greenwald, a co-founder of The Intercept, tweeted: