MSNBC Host Reid Apologizes Again as More Incendiary Blog Posts Surface
Posted June 1, 2018 9:04 p.m. EDT
Joy Reid, an MSNBC host and a prominent liberal figure who blamed hackers for some of the homophobic blog posts found on her decade-old blog in the past several months, apologized again Friday after more incendiary posts emerged this week.
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed News reported that Reid’s old blog had promoted a Sept. 11 conspiracy by suggesting that readers watch “Loose Change,” which posits that the attack was planned by the U.S. government.
And Thursday, BuzzFeed News surfaced a post that contained an image of Sen. John McCain’s head Photoshopped onto the body of Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, wrote on Twitter that the post was “beyond disgusting and disgraceful.”
Reid, 49, did not blame or mention hackers this time. In a statement Friday, Reid, the “AM Joy” host, said that she had reached out to Meghan McCain, a former on-air colleague, and that she had the “highest respect for Senator McCain.” She said that she had evolved and that “I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago.”
“There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” Reid said. “Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.”
MSNBC said in a statement that some of the blog posts were “obviously hateful and hurtful,” but that they were “not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years.”
“Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true,” the network said.
Friday’s apology was the latest in a series that Reid has made for her previous writings.
It began in December, when a Twitter user unearthed the first homophobic posts. Reid said at the time that she was “disappointed in myself” and that her words were “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.”
But her tone shifted when more homophobic posts emerged in April. She insisted that her blog was “breached” and that “fraudulent entries” were posted “with suspicious formatting and time stamps” that were inconsistent with the rest of the blog.
The posts included her statement that “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing” and that “a lot of heterosexuals, especially men, find the idea of homosexual sex to be ... well ... gross.”
Her writings were found through the Wayback Machine, which preserves more than two decades of Web history. The Internet Archive, which runs the project, said in April that it had found no evidence of hacking involving the blog posts.
A few days after she claimed she had been hacked, Reid apologized on air and said security experts could not prove that the blog had been compromised.
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” she said on her morning show. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.”