MSNBC host Joy Reid attempted a milk-toast apology on her show AM Joy this morning, but again denied writing the homophobic posts recently unearthed on her decade-old blog.
“A community that I support and that I deeply care about is hurting because of some despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me,” Reid said. “Now many of you have seen these blog posts circulating online and in social media. Many of them are homophobic, discriminatory, and downright weird and hateful.”
Reid probably should have stopped her apology there and moved on, because then things got truly bizarre.
“When a friend found them in December and sent them to me, I was stunned,” she said. “Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they’d come from or whose voice that was.”
Earlier this week, Reid claimed that her blog had been “hacked” and that she had contacted the FBI to investigate.
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” Reid said.
Everyone knows this is nonsense. Blog posts do not simply appear out of thin air, and if someone had hacked Reid’s blogs and written her nasty posts, there would be no way to back-date them without it being easily traceable.
But that did not stop Reid from lying to our faces – a role that is familiar to cable news anchors.
Reid continued to make excuses, blaming her upbringing for her homophobic rants, saying that she grew up in a home that held “conservative views on LGBTQ issues.”
But Reid’s remarks are a slight to conservatives everywhere. Millions of us grew up in conservative households, and very few of us took to the internet to bash gay people. Even conservatives who do not believe in gay marriage on moral or religious grounds have never written anything so hateful. Yet they are rebuked as “backwards” or “regressive” every day.
Rid then made it a point to tell her audience that she has many gay friends – a defense that would never fly for a conservative in the same position.
Finally, after all of the denial, excuses and blaming Reid made an actual sincere apology – for writing blog posts that she claims she did not write.
“I’m heartbroken that I didn’t do better back then,” she said. “I feel like I should have known better to ever write or Tweet in a way that could make fun of or make light of that pain and experience [of coming out] even a decade ago, when the country was in a very different place.”
To conclude her monologue, Reid says that she is a changed person. That her views have evolved over time and that she is continuing to grow. As many have pointed out, this would have been a completely acceptable way to handle the situation to begin with. Many people change their beliefs over time.
Instead, Reid refused to take responsibility, which looks like it will end up hurting her more than her actual mistake.