Joseph Curl

Democrats have a tried and true way to bury bad news: They obfuscate, deflect, pretend to offer help, then decry a “witch hunt” and blame a “right-wing conspiracy.”

A perfect example was Hillary Clinton after four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. First, she blamed a YouTube video for inciting the “spontaneous” assault on a U.S. compound. Then the Obama administration created a commission to find out what happened (which meant officials would no longer talk about it). Then she claimed to be too ill to testify before a Senate committee on the matter. Finally, when she did appear months later, she uttered the infamous line, “What difference at this point does it make?”

That’s how liberals work: Deny, blame others, distract, then angrily demand an end to the whole thing.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid knows all about that tactic — and she’s employed it with her very own scandal, with a new twist.

Reid was found to have posted homophobic rants on her now-defunct website more than a decade ago. First she said she didn’t write them, then she claimed the site hade been hacked (yes, some hackers went into her old blog and posted homophobic articles to, you know, really nail Reid).

On Saturday, she moved the whole game forward. “A community I support and deeply care about is hurting because of despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me,” Reid said at the start of her show, “AM Joy.” “Many of you have seen the blog posts circulating online and social media. Many of them are homophobic, discriminatory, and outright weird and hateful.”

So far so good.

“When a friend found them and sent them to me I was stunned. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they came from and whose voice that was,” Reid said. “I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody manipulated my words or former blog and the reality is they have not been able to prove it.”

OK, so the claim that she was hacked was false. Gotcha’.

Then Reid went to a whole new place.

“Here’s what I know: I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things,” she said. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have said and have written in the past, that some people don’t believe me.”

Whoa. Reid does not “believe” she wrote the posts — the posts on her blog — and she gets that “some people don’t believe me”?

In a weird new twist, Reid then expressed some sorrow over the anti-gay posts — the ones she doesn’t “believe” she wrote.

“I looked back on some of the ways I’ve talked casually about sexual gender and orientation, and I wonder who that even was,” she said. “I’m heartbroken that I didn’t do better back then. The reality is I have to own the things I’ve written and tweeted and said.”

If she didn’t write them, why apologize? If she did write them, why say she didn’t “believe I wrote those hateful things”?

So far, there is very little fallout over Reid’s weird words. No one is calling for a boycott of her show; MSNBC isn’t mulling a suspension. Instead, Reid’s bizarre excuse is just taken at face value: She doesn’t think she wrote the hateful posts, but she’s sorry nonetheless.

The Left has taken the obfuscate-deflect-blame game to a whole new level.

Hillary must be very proud.