MSNBC is sticking by its host, Joy Reid, and will keep her on the air, despite the discovery of anti-gay posts from her blog in the 2000s.
Reid has contacted law enforcement about the issue, and the network will hold off on taking any permanent action until they hear back, according to an NBC spokesperson who spoke with Politico.
Reid said her blog was hacked and her posts were compromised, but NBC declined to say if they will be conducting their own internal investigation, Politico reported. Reid did not reply to Politico’s request for comment.
An LGBTQ group revoked Reid’s “Straight for Equality in Media” award, which she was to receive in May.
Disruptive hackers had fabricated the slurs, Reid claimed; but as time went on, her story became more convoluted and began to fall apart.
The posts were critical of gay marriage and implied homosexual men prey on young teenagers, according to Politico. The posts also mention fellow MSNBC host Rachel Maddow as having views on homosexuality that are “at the left-most end of the political spectrum.”
These statements seem to clash with Reid’s image as a champion of LGBTQ’s movement.
“Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing,” one of the posts states, Politico reported. “The nature of political correctness is that gay people are allowed to say straight sex is gross, but the reverse is considered to be patently homophobic.”
This isn’t the first time Reid has been criticized for her public views on homosexuality. In 2007, she went after former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, writing, “Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie. Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies.”
Reid made amends in December 2017 after the Crist post surfaced, and she released a written apology.
This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized. As a writer, I pride myself on a facility with language — an economy of words or at least some wisdom in the selection. However, that clearly has not always been the case.