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The Internet Archive website, which takes images of layouts of popular websites and archives them for viewing, is rebutting claims by liberal MSNBC host Joy Reid, who claimed the service is showing pictures of her past blog posts that were manipulated in order to make her seem homophobic.
In a blog post published Tuesday, Chris Butler, office manager for the Archive, often referred to as the “Wayback Machine,” wrote, “When we reviewed the archives, we found nothing to indicate tampering or hacking of the Wayback Machine versions. At least some of the examples of allegedly fraudulent posts provided to us had been archived at different dates and by different entities.”
The article goes on to state the following:
At issue are comments Reid apparently made on a personal blog she used to run. The comments resurfaced last week and were noted on Twitter by the user Jamie Maz. They included a remark about former Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers having “lesbian hair” and Reid saying she didn’t like to see two men kissing.
Reid denied that the comments were hers, despite apparently showing up on her website via images available on the Internet Archive.
According to Mediaite, Reid issued the following statement:
“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.
I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach. The manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago.
Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups.”
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