The David Brock-founded liberal group Media Matters For America is defending Joy Reid from accusations by fellow leftists that she engaged in homophobic attacks on the gay community.
The president of Media Matters Angelo Carusone — the man defending Reid — is an LGBT and anti-Rush Limbaugh activist who himself came under fire when I revealed his own history of writing transphobic and bigoted blog posts.
And so the wagon circles.
Joy Reid is claiming that her personal blog was hacked, which led to the posting of pieces saying that she cringes when men kiss. The FBI is now investigating those hacking claims. If it is found that Reid actually did write the posts on her blog — which she evidently never reported until being called out about them years ago — then Reid could face false-report charges.
Media Matters for America will not launch any advertiser boycott against Joy Reid. The non-profit watchdog group’s president Angelo Carusone told TheWrap on Wednesday his group will not target the MSNBC host after mounting pressure from those who have called out an old blog post of hers as being bigoted toward the LGBT community.
In a public Twitter conversation on Wednesday, Carusone answered a question from TheWrap, saying that Reid’s past post will not trigger a Twitter boycott from his group. He called the effort to draw attention to Media Matters on the topic of Reid “bulls–t” and “right wing chicanery.”
“I hope people can separate, especially media figures, can separate out difference,” said Carusone. “There’s no corrective action they seek here. Just revenge.”
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So what exactly did Joy Reid write?
This week, Reid said homophobic posts on her old blog were the result of someone hacking her accounts.
In a statement provided to media outlets, attorney John H. Reichman said the FBI was looking into “potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid.”
Reichman continued: “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue to parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”
The controversy was stirred this month after a Twitter user published screenshots from Reid’s old blog, The Reid Report, which she wrote during her time as a Florida talk show host (Reid also hosted a show on MSNBC by the same name). The posts mentioned opposition to gay marriage and cringing “at the sight of two men kissing.”
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In 2014, I reported the following for The Daily Caller, which Sean Hannity and others have used to expose the hypocrisy of Media Matters, which aims to censor conservative speech while ignoring similar or worse offenses by members of the Left. I wrote:
“Question: What do Robert Downey Jr. and a random Banladeshi [sic] businessman have in common? Answer: They both love transvestites,” Carusone wrote in a Nov. 14, 2005 post entitled “Tranny Paradise,” his response to an article about a transvestite gang in Thailand. Carusone objected to the article’s description of transvestites as “attractive” and made racist remarks about Bangladeshi men.
“Uhhh. Did you notice the word attractive? What the fuck is that doing in there? Is the write[r] a tranny lover too? Or, perhaps he’s trying to justify how these trannies tricked this Bangladeshi in the first place? Look man, we don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The fucking guy was Bangladeshi. And while we’re out, what the hell was he doing with $7,300 worth of stuff. The guy’s Banladeshi!” Carusone wrote.
“Shouldn’t the police officer give at least some details. Such as: stay away from tranny bars, stay away from placese where Eddie Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. have/are visiting, don’t fucking kiss a transvestite, don’t bring a group of transvestites back to your room, etc…,” Carusone added.