MSNBC’s weekend leftist Joy Reid released an apology via NBC News Sunday for near-decade-old blog posts which recently came to light. The host of Saturday-Sunday's AM Joy has found herself in hot water over Twitter posts which some have labeled as anti-gay.
Joy’s tweets were exhumed by Twitter user @Jamie_Maz, who called her out in his own post on November 30th:
“1/x From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so. She repeatedly referred to him as ‘Miss Charlie’ and tagged posts about him under ‘gay politicians.’”
Jamie_Maz was correct: on her blog The Reid Report, she wrote several posts from 2007 through 2009 which denigrated former Florida governor Charlie Crist for being a supposed closeted homosexual. Moreover, the left-winger attacked Crist with allegations of sham marriages in order to further his political career. Crist did -- and does -- deny being gay. Nevertheless, in 2007 Reid wrote, “Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies.”
In her proposal that the politician was using a ruse of heterosexuality for Republican political favor, Reid alleged:
“Now that he’s married to a girl, Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff… [The GOP] are wooing Miss Charlie to run.”
The then-Miami Herald writer also involved Crist’s wife in her degradations, ridiculing notions of their honeymoon:
“I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘God, do I actually have to see her naked…?’”
Reid even made a joke about Crist having intercourse with Senator John McCain, specifically asserting that Crist married for political cover which would position him as McCain’s running mate in 2008. She called the phony marriage a “veep marketing strategy.”
Reid was relentless. Over a dozen blog entries, she used the words “Miss Charlie” 17 times.
As host of AM Joy, Reid has a reputation for unfounded accusations, as well as for criticizing those with whom she disagrees and for not being able to take what she dishes out. However, at the moment, she is having to humble herself, calling her past remarks "insensitive, tone deaf, and dumb." Her written apology begins:
"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...Among the frequent subjects of my posts was then-governor Charlie Crist, at the time a conservative Republican, whose positions on issues like gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Florida shared headlines with widely rumored reports that he was hiding his sexual orientation."
Reid then turns her attention to the gay community:
"At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy...I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person’s sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm. It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb."
Finally, she addresses the recipient of all her virulence, Charlie Crist:
"In addition to friends and coworkers and viewers, I deeply apologize to Congressman Crist, who was the target of my thoughtlessness. My critique of anti-LGBT positions he once held but has since abandoned was legitimate in my view. My means of critiquing were not."
Reid's mea culpa ends -- as does virtually all issued statements of apology -- with a promise of improvement as a result of introspection:
"Re-reading those old blog posts, I am disappointed in myself. I apologize to those who also are disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better."
What remains to be seen is how disappointed NBC is -- Reid's show has been running since May 2016, but as we've seen lately with the sexual harassment purge sweeping the networks, anyone can be axed. However, being black and female -- and not guilty of victimizing women -- odds are Joy will remain in place, where her left-wing antics can continue to elicit responses like this thread. After all, as is evident from watching virtually any show on MSNBC, the peacock sadly doesn't fire people for being -- in the words of Tucker Carlson -- morons.