The Daily Beast suspended Joy Reid's column amid growing scrutiny of the MSNBC host's claims that she was the victim of a cyberattack that published dozens of homophobic statements on her old blog.
In a letter to staff on Thursday, Daily Beast's executive editor, Noah Shachtman, said that Kevin Poulsen and Max Tani, respectively, cyber security reporters and site media, were investigating Reid's claims, CNN reported .
"Meanwhile, let's hit" pause in Reid's columns until we're satisfied that Kevin and Max's reports have run their course, "Shachtman wrote, adding," We've all said and done things in our lives that we wish we had not done. We deserve the space to grow beyond our past. But these accusations are so serious that they deserve a full examination. "
Shachtman's announcement follows Reid's insistence that new screenshots of anti-gay messages shared in the now defunct Reid Report were the result of a cyberattack.
Reid apologized in December for writing homophobic posts about then-Florida governor Charlie Crist (R) between 2007 and 2009 after Twitter user @Jamie_Maz shared screenshots of those posts
Last week, @Jamie_Maz tweeted dozens of screenshots, also purportedly from Reid's old blog, which included statements like "most heterosexual people are ashamed to see two men kissing" and "gay men" adults tend to be attracted to younger, post-pubescent types. "
This time around, Reid has vehemently denied ia the writing of the publications, stating that his blog was pirated. But as HuffPost reported, only a rather bizarre course of events would have led to the allegedly fraudulent messages.
Reid's lawyer, John H. Reichman, said in a statement on Wednesday that the FBI had opened an investigation into the alleged hacking. 19659006] "We have received confirmation that the FBI has opened an investigation into possible criminal activities around various online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid," said Reichman. "Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue in parallel, and we are cooperating with the forces of order as their investigation progresses."
Reid left a panel he was scheduled to moderate in New York City on Thursday. He informed the organizers of the event on Wednesday night that he would need to withdraw from CAFE Change Summit, sources close to the event confirmed to HuffPost.
The Summit of Change was organized by the former US Attorney. UU Preet Bharara and his media company CAFE. Reid was ready to moderate a panel with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Ravi Bhalla, the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey; and the lieutenant governor of the state of Washington, Cyrus Habib, according to BuzzFeed.
A representative of Reid refused to comment on Reid's withdrawal from the Change Summit and the suspension of his Daily Beast column.
The LGBTQ defense organization PFLAG announced on Tuesday that it was rescinding Reid's Right to Media Equity award in the light of the "ongoing investigation" in its blog posts.
The story has been updated with the Daily Beast decision on Reid's column and his lawyer's statement.