This is a developing story.
MSNBC is replacing Joy Reid for at least one appearance on her show this weekend. Although the network says it still supports her, many believe the move may be the first step in either a suspension or possible firing of the outspoken liberal host.
Reid has been under fire for weeks after it was revealed that a number of past posts to her blog were homophobic, antisemitic, pushed 9/11 conspiracy theories, and even included a photo of John McCain’s head on the body of the Virginia Tech mass shooter. Reid claimed she had been hacked and she did not write those posts. She has since appeared to back down from that claim.
Many of Reid’s own supporters called on her to be punished or even fired over the posts.
This weekend, MSNBC is replacing Reid for at least one show, with a gay host.
Joy Reid issued another apology on Friday, this time in response to two of her blog posts that were uncovered by Buzzfeed, one of which shows John McCain as the Virginia Tech shooter and another promoting a 9/11 conspiracy theory.
‘While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again,’ said Reid.
‘I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire. To be clear, I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain as a public servant and patriot and wish him and his family the best.’
Here is the image Reid posted of McCain.
The Daily Beast is now reporting that Jonathan Capehart, Reid’s openly gay co-worker, will replace her for at least one program this weekend.
It was the second apology she has released relating to old blog posts, and unlike the first made no mention of her previous claims that she had been hacked.
MSNBC is standing by her regardless, releasing a statement that said: ‘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.’
MSNBC and Reid’s lawyer had no comment.
Reid’s troubles began in December, when social media posts and remarks on her blog which contained anti-gay remarks were uncovered online.
She spoke of how ‘heterosexual men’ found ‘homosexual sex’ to be ‘gross’ and claimed that the sight of two men kissing makes most ‘straight’ people ‘cringe.’
Reid released a statement that was more excuse than apology, saying her blog had been ‘breached’ and these were ‘fradulent posts.’
She later said on her show that she could not prove the hacking, but did not go back on her claim that the FBI was conducting an investigation.
Just days ago, Reid was retweeting this, promoting her appearance on an MSNBC town hall with Valerie Jarrett and Al Sharpton about racism and the lack of civility in America.
— Susan Kroll (@suekroll) May 30, 2018
In a shocking twist, Reid was a guest on Andrea Mitchell’s show just a few days prior to this scandal and was asked: ‘What do you have to do on social media to get fired from a top rated show on an American broadcast network?’
It is now unclear if Reid was ever telling the truth about the FBI, the hacking claims or her shock at seeing the posts.
And no one has any answers.
Meghan McCain weighed in after seeing the post, stating: ‘This is beyond disgusting and disgraceful.’