On Thursday, C-SPAN announced it suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely once he admitted that he lied about someone hacking his Twitter account , however, the scandal has also renewed interest in hacker claims once made by the most misnamed woman in cable news, MSNBC host Joy Reid, and some critics think C-SPAN handled the issue correctly whereas MSNBC protected a homophobic loud mouth.
“Scully was held to a higher standard because he and C-SPAN purported to be neutral responsible journalists acting in a non-partisan manner. There is no such presumption, or pretense, for Joy Reid and MSNBC,” William A. Jacobson, Cornell Law School professor told Fox News.
Scully, who was set to moderate the since-canceled presidential debate, lied after a message to former Trump aide turned Trump hater Anthony Scaramucci went viral. It appeared that he meant to send Scaramucci a private message, or DM for direct message, looking for advice about Donald Trump, but like a moron, he sent the message on his Twitter feed for the entire world to see. He initially claimed his account was hacked, but in the end he admitted he lied, and was suspended immediately.
It wasn’t the first time a prominent media member blamed hackers for something that landed them in hip deep doo doo.
In late 2017, Joy Reid’s pre-MSNBC blog, “The Reid Report,” had dozens of homophobic and hateful posts. She initially apologized, and after a second bunch of offensive comments were revealed, about some lesbians’ short haircuts and her objections to seeing men kiss men, along with some other homophobic rants, Reid then claimed she had been hacked, and MSNBC sent out a statement from a so-called computer hacking “expert” to make the case. You know, someone who will say anything you pay them to say.
Upon scrutiny, skeptics said Reid’s claims didn’t pass the smell test. The Daily Beast, to their credit, suspended Reid as a contributor, and even did their own investigation and determined that the claims made by Reid’s cyber-security expert Jonathan Nichols that “screenshot manipulation” took place were false.
Critics have pointed to the Internet archival service The Wayback Machine, which showed that the anti-gay articles were preserved at the time they were written and contradicted the nonsense story that hackers might have manipulated their archives. The Internet never goes away.
She said she doesn’t remember writing the hateful posts, but she apologized anyway. I don’t know about you, but I always apologize for things I didn’t do. Some were quick to scrutinize her apology for not mentioning the hacker claims at first, for which she reportedly alerted the FBI about the hacking “crime.”
Reid was actually promoted since that incident and now hosts the weekday time-slot that once belong to Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” until he resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations.
Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock agrees that the two different ways the hacker claims were dealt with signifies C-SPAN has larger requirements than the progressive cable information community.
“While C-Span is not exactly conservative, it remains fair and balanced. That’s probably why they suspended political editor Steve Scully for lying about his Twitter account being hacked which, it turns out, it wasn’t,” Murdock told Fox News. The fact that he interned for Joe Biden is reason enough that he shouldn’t have been picked to be the moderator of a debate with Joe Biden as a candidate.
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor said he believes C-SPAN did the right thing when they suspended Scully, but wonders if there will be long-term consequences.
“C-SPAN moved against Scully because their organization actually tries to have some ethics. MSNBC gave up on those long ago. They gave blatant liar Brian Williams his own show, for goodness’ sake. They only care that their hosts hate Trump,” Gainor told Fox News.
“The bigger question for both networks is: are there long-term consequences to making false claims like this? Scully has claimed he’s been hacked multiple times. Reid’s bogus narrative involved the FBI,” Gainor added. “Will either of their employers disavow this garbage?”
Scully issued his own statement addressing the lie to CNN after it was announced he was suspended.
“For several weeks, I was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets regarding my role as moderator for the second presidential debate, including attacks aimed directly at my family,” Scully wrote. “This culminated on Thursday, October 8th when I heard President Trump go on national television twice and falsely attack me by name. Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”
C-SPAN additionally issued a statement, revealing that the network and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) were made aware about Scully’s fabrication on Wednesday.
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“We are very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions,” C-SPAN said. “Starting immediately, we have placed Steve on administrative leave. After some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to continue to contribute to C-SPAN.”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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