MSNBC star Joy Reid claims that homophobic comments on her old blog, “The Reid Report,” were not written by her -- despite the fact that she has already apologized for much of the rhetoric.
Reid apologized last December when the old blog posts — unearthed by a Twitter user and reported by Mediaite -- came to light. Less than five months later, Reid is changing her tune and told Mediaite that the homophobic content does “not represent the original entries” on her site, essentially claiming archives were hacked.
Reid allegedly published a dozen blog posts from 2007-2009 containing remarks that are highly offensive to the LGBTQ community. MSNBC prides itself on being progressive, and Reid’s alleged decade-old comments directly contradict the network’s typical direction.
The old blog targeted former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who Reid mocked as “Miss Charlie,” for being gay and closeted, even though there is no proof to back her claims. The posts fanned rumors of Crist’s sexual orientation and his political opponents tried to tar him with the gossip during his governorship — when he was a Republican.
Mediaite reported that it received links to Reid’s old blog through the Wayback Machine, an Internet archiving service. Reid apologized at the time, admitting she wrote the homophobic slurs.
“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,” the MSNBC star wrote on Dec. 3. “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. There is no excusing it.”
Additional anti-gay blog posts from the now-defunct blog were discovered last week and the Wayback Machine has reportedly, mysteriously removed access to Reid’s old archives – but an Internet sleuth preserved screen shots. Reid’s latest statement to Mediaite backtracks on the original apology and claims that archives of her site had been tampered with.