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1 Jun, 2018 21:55

No hackers, just changing position: MSNBC pundit Joy Reid apologizes for blog posts

No hackers, just changing position: MSNBC pundit Joy Reid apologizes for blog posts

Controversial MSNBC commentator Joy Reid has apologized for blog posts about Israel, 9/11 and John McCain, choosing not to blame phantom “hackers” this time. The network is standing by Reid, saying she has “grown and evolved.”

“There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again,” Reid said in a statement on Friday.

On Thursday, the Daily Caller published excerpts from blog posts written by Reid, calling CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer “a former flak [sic] for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),” and saying that AIPAC is a “powerful lobbying group that holds the whip hand over Republican and Dmeocratic [sic] members of Congress alike.”

The Daily Wire published links to eleven more blog posts from Reid on Friday, containing disparaging remarks about Senator McCain (R-Arizona) and his 2008 running mate Sarah Palin, as well as praise for Hamas (designated by the US as a terrorist organization).

Apologizing for her blog posts, Reid wrote she is “a better person today than I was over a decade ago” and that she doesn’t question “Israel’s right to its sovereignty” or that “Al-Qaeda perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.”

MSNBC is standing by their pundit, issuing a statement on Friday that some of Reid’s blog posts were “obviously hateful and hurtful,” but are “not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years.”

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In April, when Reid’s old blog posts first became a subject of scrutiny, she claimed that “hackers” had tampered with the Internet Wayback Machine archive. Her attorney even said the FBI was investigating the alleged hack, which the bureau has declined to confirm or deny. Technology experts have expressed doubt the alleged hack of the internet archive was even possible.

There was no mention of hackers or anyone tampering with her words this time, however. Nor has there been an apology for the appalling lack of historical and geographical knowledge expressed in 2017, when Reid invented a country called “Soviet Yugoslavia” (and then claimed Slovakia was part of it) while criticizing President Donald Trump's taste in women:

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