Hacked? Steve Scully held to higher standard than MSNBC's Joy Reid because C-SPAN has ethics, critics say

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C-SPAN announced Thursday it had suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted he lied about his Twitter account being hacked, but the scandal has renewed interest in hacker claims once made by MSNBC host Joy Reid.
C-SPAN announced Thursday it had suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted he lied about his Twitter account being hacked, but the scandal has also renewed interest in hacker claims once made by MSNBC host Joy Reid -- and some critics think C-SPAN handled the issue properly while MSNBC fell flat.

"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," Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News.

C-SPAN SUSPENDS STEVE SCULLY INDEFINITELY AFTER HE ADMITS HE LIED ABOUT HIS TWITTER BEING HACKED

Scully, who was set to moderate the since-canceled presidential debate, lied after a message to former Trump aide-turned-adversary Anthony Scaramucci went viral. It appeared that he meant to send Scaramucci a private message seeking advice about Trump, but instead sent the message on his Twitter feed for everyone to see. He initially claimed his account was hacked but ultimately fessed up and was swiftly suspended.

It wasn't the first time a prominent media member blamed hackers for something that landed them in hot water.

Back in late 2017, it was revealed that the Reid's pre-MSNBC blog, "The Reid Report," contained dozens of homophobic and hateful posts. She initially apologized, but when a second batch of offensive comments surfaced ‒ about some lesbians' short haircuts and her objections to seeing men kiss men, among other homophobic remarks ‒ Reid then claimed she'd been hacked, and MSNBC circulated a much-panned statement from a computer hacking "expert" which sought to make that case.

MEDIA LARGELY AVOIDS STEVE SCULLY CONTROVERSY, TV NETWORKS SKIP DEBATE MODERATOR'S 'HACK' CLAIM

Upon scrutiny, skeptics said Reid's claims didn't pass muster. The Daily Beast, which had suspended Reid as a contributor, conducted its own investigation and concluded that…
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