In case you missed or forgot the 2017 scandal, it started when a Twitter consumer posted screenshots of weblog posts made by Reid between 2006 and 2009. The content material of these posts ranged from ridiculing Republican candidates rumored to be closeted to arguing that homosexual intercourse is “gross.”
When the screenshots emerged, Reid initially claimed her weblog had been hacked or that she didn’t recall having written the posts. Nonetheless, the content material was obtained from the Wayback Machine web archive, which might have required both that hackers had infiltrated the nonprofit’s web site — which its directors discovered no proof of — or, as a consultant of Reid advised, that the hack occurred undetected earlier than the positioning was archived or another doctoring or manipulation occurred.
(The beneath picture is one excerpt of the various screenshots posted. Please be suggested that it comprises unequivocally homophobic speech.)
The issue with the latter situation, as The Nation identified is that, whereas offensive and homophobic, the feelings within the cited textual content have been by no means unusual within the aughts. This was practically a decade earlier than same-sex marriage was legalized on a federal degree, and a interval when Brokeback Mountain was a frequent punchline in late night time monologues.