The Daily Beast has suspended Joy Reid's column, while the MSNBC presenter claims she was the victim of a cyberattack that published dozens of homophobic expressions on her earlier blog.
In a letter to co-workers on Thursday, Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman said Kevin Poulsen and Max Tani – the site's cyber security and media reporters – were investigating Reid's allegations, CNN reported .
"In the meantime, we're going to get a hold on Reid's columns until we're satisfied that the coverage of Kevin and Max has expired," Shachtman wrote, adding, "We've said and done all things in our lives, We deserve the space to grow beyond our past, but these claims are serious enough that they deserve a full investigation. "
Shachtman's announcement follows at Reid's insistence that new screenshots of anti-gay posts shared on the now-defunct Reid report were the result of a cyberattack
Reid apologized in December for making homophobic posts about the then Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) had written after Twitter user @Jamie_Maz shared screenshots of these posts.
Last week, @Jamie_Maz tweeted dozens of other screenshots, also reportedly from Reid's old blog, which said "most heterosexual people kiss at the sight of two men" and "adult gay men tend to be very young, post-pubertal types to feel "contained.
Around this time, Reid vehemently denied writing the posts, claiming that her blog was hacked. But as HuffPost reported, only a rather bizarre course of events would have led to the allegedly fraudulent posts.
Reid's lawyer, John H. Reichman, said Wednesday in a statement that the FBI had launched an investigation into alleged hacking. 1
Reid left a board in New York City on Thursday to host her. She informed event organizers on Wednesday night that she had to withdraw from the CAFE Change Summit, sources that were close to HuffPost.
The Change Summit was organized by former US attorney Preet Bharara and his media company CAFE. Reid was to moderate a podium discussion with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Ravi Bhalla, the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey; According to BuzzFeed
a representative of Reid refused to comment on Reid's resignation from the Change Summit and the suspension of its Daily Beast column.
LGBTQ advocacy organization PFLAG announced Tuesday that it has reversed its "Straight for Equality in Media" award to Reid in light of the "ongoing investigation" in its blog posts.
The story was updated with the Daily Beast's decision on Reid's column and the statement of her lawyer.