MSNBC host Joy Reid claims that lately unearthed homophobic sections attributed to her are fakes. And she speaks a cybersecurity consultant has proof that her old-fashioned blog has been hacked.

But that consultant, Jonathan Nichols, had disturbance causing the promised attest. And what he did make failed to withstand inquiry, according to a Daily Beast analysis. Blog affixes that Nichols claimed do not is available on the Internet Archive are, in fact, there. The benchmarks of hacked uprights don’t bear out.

Last year, the AM Joy host defended for a 2007 blog post in which she had scorned Florida’s then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist by be submitted to him as “Miss Charlie” and were of the view that while on honeymoon with his wife, he privately wanted to sleep with men.

Reid defended on-air, advocating she had evolved over a decade from those” callous, tone-deaf and foolish” remarks.

But Monday, media-news place Mediaite published–using screenshots taken from The Wayback Machine’s cached different versions of Reid’s blog–more homophobic blog affixes from the late aughts. In them, Reid appeared to crassly mock gay luminaries like Anderson Cooper and Clay Aiken, defend homophobia as “intrinsic” to straight people, be acknowledged that she wouldn’t see Brokeback Mountain because of the lesbian sexuality scenes, and imply that gay advocacy radicals prey upon” suggestible teenages .” On Thursday, the Washington Free Beacon followed up by exposing another set of homophobic announces not previously reported by Mediaite.

Reid–a Daily Beast columnist–did not apologize this time around. Instead, she secreted a statement saying that” In December I learned that an uncharted, external party retrieved and influenced textile from my now-defunct blog … to include offensive and abominable citations that are fabricated and is in breach of my personal beliefs and ideology .”

On Wednesday evening, Reid’s attorney announced that the FBI had opened an investigation into” potential criminal activities bordering various online reports, including personal email and blog details, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid .”

Reid said she hired Nichols, the cyber-security consultant, to investigate the suspect hacking of her “compromised” age-old blog. In a word distributed by MSNBC, Nichols claimed “hes found”” substantial prove” that a hacker transgressed Reid’s blog and embed the offensive uprights.” Some of the posts in question were constructed while Ms. Reid was on the radio hosting her picture ,” Nichols wrote.” Text and visual styling was inconsistent with her original records .” Additionally, he claimed that at the least some of the screenshots distributed by the @Jamie_Maz Twitter account, where the posts were first surfaced this week, had been bullshitted and never appeared on the blog at all–suggesting a two-pronged attack on Reid’s reputation.

” We have both evidence of sham posts and evidence of screenshot manipulation ,” Nichols told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.

Except, that wasn’t relatively so.

To support the screenshot forgery allegation, Nichols pointed to six idols in the @Jamie_Maz Twitter timeline that he spoke were emphatically not written by Reid nor announced by a intruder, but instead were outright fabricated portraits of poles that never appeared on the area. “The most obvious one was an instance where–it’s an easy one, it &# x27; ll stick in your head — [@ Jamie_Maz] suggests Joy impelled statements about Eddie Murphy. It &# x27; s apparently incorrect, she never represented that claim.”

Nichols responded those six announces are nowhere to be found in the Internet Archive. But that is not true.

Further examining on the Internet Archive turned up the posts for all six of the screenshots Nichols described as shams, including the one about Eddie Murphy. The Internet Archive’s annals indicate they were retrieved and stored between 2006 and 2009. And all six are exactly as they appear in the screenshots. A random check of other screenshots attributed to the blog caused the same upshot: none of the likeness are forged or doctored.

A closer look at the archived blog by The Daily Beast exposed a mistake in Nichols’ approach. Nichols examined the content calls observable in the screenshots and likened them to an archived roster of all the labels that were actually used on the blog. He found that the labels “Gallup,” ” gay and lesbian” and “Dan Abrams” in three of the six screenshots did not appear in the catalogue of labels.

Based on that evidence, Nichols had concluded that the screenshots could not be sincere. But in fact the tags in question were no longer Blogger.com labels, but preferably tags attaching to Technorati.com, a long-defunct blog-tracking place altogether external to Reid’s blog publicizing emcee site. Reid made an apples-to-oranges analogy and concluded that because the apples were not oranges, they must be counterfeit.

Presented with that informed on Thursday, Nichols accepted his correct.” Yeah I &# x27; ve become aware of some approach questions ,” he wrote in an online chat.” We are looking to resolve the discrepancy .”

If, as it shows, the nearly 50 newly surfaced posts indeed is available on Reid’s blog, that leaves Reid’s claim that they were posted by an imposter. To that time, Nichols’ said passwords are exploited by Reid had been found in the wild on the dark web, where a intruder with a enmity against the MSNBC host might have found them.

A search on the breach-notification place Have I Been Pwned confirmed this: Reid’s email address, like billions of others, has turned up in batches of hacked and phished reports over the years–eight batches in all, some of which contain user passwords. While six of the leaks postdate the disputed blog berths, the remaining two are of doubtful descent and timing. If Reid exerted the same password on Blogger and one of the websites that suffered a password hole, it’s imaginable that someone spotted it and used it to log into her blog back in 2005.

But Nichols could not offer any evidence intimating this had come.

As described by Nichols, the conclusion that a intruder was affixing on Reid’s blog rests primarily on two types of forensic evidences within the disputed berths. First, he did, some of the reportedly planted uprights contain punctuation choices and markup crisply different from Reid’s other berths. The Daily Beast compared scores of feuded and undisputed posts and could not discern any such anomalies. Pressed for specifics–which posts, which artifacts–Nichols suggested Wednesday that he did not have ready access to that info, but would support it. Contacted again on Thursday, he said he did not have any details to offer.” I conceived I did ,” he announced ” We &# x27; re various kinds of reevaluating as of yesterday.”

The second giveaway, Nichols said, was in the time and go stamps of some of the posts. They indicated that the records were posted in the midst of Reid’s live radio evidence.” No one writes long soliloquies while they &# x27; re on the radio ,” he suggested.” It just doesn &# x27; t happen.” Reid’s lawyer met the same declaration in a letter addressed written last December that was made publicly available this week.” It would then be physically impossible for Ms. Reid to have spawned many of the posts. Some have years and days when Ms. Reid was doing her radio establish and could not have been blogging .”

The Daily Beast queried Nichols to provide those berths on Wednesday, and the cyber-security consultant responded:” I don’t have that on hand .” On Thursday Nichols pass away what he now supposes is no other lesson he has available. Dated Thursday, August 30, 2007, the post — designation” Is you is, or is you ain &# x27; t gonna charge ?” — speaks in its entirety:” John Conyers talks a good recreation in front of a hometown gang, but is he serious about saving impeachment on the table ?”

The timestamp indicates the entering was posted at 7:14 a.m. Eastern time. The Daily Beast confirmed that the radio appearance Reid co-hosted in 2006 and 2007, Wake Up South Florida, aired weekdays from 6:00 to 10: 00 a.m. No archive of the show’s programs from that period could be found online.

The contested post was followed by a longer blog announce entitled that departed up at 8: 10 a.m ., likewise during the show’s normal airing experience. That post–titled” The next fight ?”– contains 330 oaths of original writing discussing the prospect of struggle with Iran. Neither Reid, Nichols nor Reid’s attorney have so far rivalry its authenticity.

The presence of the second largest upright seems to admit only two prospects: the blog was spoofed by someone with a well-considered idea on US conflict with Iran, or Reid, whether on the breeze or not, was able to blog that morning.

Reid declined to comment for this story.

The only other specific evidence offered by Reid’s team came from attorney John Reichmann. In words sent to Google and the Internet Archive last-place December, which MSNBC distributed to correspondents this week, Reichmann claimed that the timestamps on” many of the posts” on Reid’s blog are too close together to be the work of a single blogger. The letters stipulate as the only pattern Reid’s 2006 live blogging of Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court confirmation listening , noting further that Reid propagandized short-lived modernizes to the announce at 10:18 a.m ., 11:34 a.m. and 11:41 a.m.

” The Blog, however, likewise demo a interminable, sham enter, &# x27; Things people say when they &# x27; re on the Fox News Channel ,&# x27; supposedly posted right in the middle of this, at 11:28 a.m .,” wrote Reichmann.” Ms. Reid did not have the stupendou blogging knowledge required to do all of these announces simultaneously.”

But the” tediou, fraudulent entering” about Fox News Reichmann is referring to consisted of exactly two ways of original text, plus a copy-pasted excerpt. A check of CSPAN’s archive likewise shows that the pole was reached shortly after a fifteen-minute break in the hearing.

If there was a hack, it would have taken place years ago. The Internet Archive’s evidences depict the disputed announces were reflected by the Wayback Machine no later than 2009, and many of them were archived much more quickly, some within hours of appearing on Reid’s blog. Reichmann, Reid’s attorney, examined the possible last year that the posts were crafted most recently, and that someone put them into the Internet Archive with fallacious years. Reichmann contacted the non-profit in December to “demand that you provide us with the information needed to determine how the fraudulent berths came to be included in the archived announces .”

But at least one of the introductions was contemporaneously invoked on a quite different website. A February 6, 2007 post containing the line” most straight chaps( and women) do react with cowers at the vision of two men caressing on the lips” outlined a comment on the Democratic Underground meeting the same day:” Oh, Reidblog … why, why why …”

Today Nichols suggests Reid and her unit no longer accept the repository was hacked, and the Internet Archive has rejected any such manipulation been in a position to appeared.” We found nothing to indicate tamper or hacking of the Wayback Machine accounts ,” an archiver for the locate said in a statement.

That necessitates the alleged hacker was affixing alongside Reid for years. According to Reichmann, that even included inserting informs in Reid’s live blog of the Alito hearing in January 2006. Reichmann claimed that the intruder was responsible for two consecutive modernizes sandwiched between Reid’s lawful ones. The revises report that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch was exercising his questioning is necessary to metaphorically fellate the adjudicate.” Oh, gaze, Orrin Hatch is putting on his Supreme Court knee pads to save Alito ,” one wrinkle read. The post’s designation, which Reichmann responds the intruder changed, was ” Brokeback Committee Room ,” another reference to the movie about lesbian admirers. All the rivalry textile in the affix is available in a very early archived replica, which was captured the day after the hearing.

All of this alleged hacking apparently travelled unnoticed at the time by Reid.

That’s an extraordinary claim, and so far the bits and pieces of evidence offered for it have not stood up to inquiry when they’ve been specific sufficient to research. If she wasn’t spoofed, it doesn &# x27; t necessarily follow that Reid is lying. Her decision to hire a insurance consultant to probe the posts, and a lawyer to necessitate the access log for her blog history, intimates she genuinely concludes at the least some of the posts were seeded. After twelve years and thousands and thousands of written words, Reid plainly may not remember.

It’s possible that in the end Reid will discover her adversary isn’t a judged hacker, but a much more dogged adversary: The Joy-Ann Reid of years past, writing in a expression she knows how no longer recollect as her own.

— with added reporting by Andrew Kirell and Maxwell Tani .

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