(American Spectator) -- Joy Reid had cybersecurity experts and the FBI investigate her bogus claim of hacking, which is an act of fraud as pathological as Brian Williams falsely claiming a seat on a downed plane in Iraq. NBC put Williams back on the air (albeit on a more obscure perch at MSNBC) even though he never admitted to his lying. Before his return, he gave a phony interview to Matt Lauer in which he continued to cast his tale of stolen valor as a baffling mistake rather than an act of fraud. It was the classic non-apology apology, combining responsibility-dodging psychobabble with tough-sounding but meaningless contrition (he “owned” his mistake and so on).
In these sham apologies, the most pitiful forms of lying subjectivism trump reality. As Joy Reid might have put it, Brian Williams “genuinely” thought he was on that downed plane. We now know that Reid “genuinely” thought that she was hacked. Like Williams, Reid fell back on therapeutic blather, talking about herself from a distance, as if some evil spirit had hacked her mind and fingers. Her “apology” made no sense and simply constituted a new act of fraud. Yet no sooner had she completed it than Eric Holder and a who’s who of liberal luminaries praised it as proof of her “integrity.” The supposed keepers of editorial standards at MSNBC also praised the charade. One suspects that if Reid had come clean only then would MSNBC suspend or fire her. Think about that for a second: To keep her on the air, MSNBC had to pretend that she didn’t commit a serious act of fraud and that her “apology” makes everything better.
Reid assured everyone that she has “changed,” though moments earlier she had justified the false hacking claim on “genuinely” thinking herself incapable of such rudeness. Of course,
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