Should MSNBC fire Joy Reid?
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Should MSNBC fire Joy Reid?

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MSNBC host Joy Reid came under fire after unearthed blog posts revealed the commentator had made offensive statements in the past. Many are calling on MSNBC to fire Reid over her homophobic blog posts, but MSNBC said in a statement that while Reid's comments were "obviously hateful and hurtful" they are standing by her. Reid has also apologized multiple times for her blog posts. Do you think MSNBC should fire Joy Reid? 🤔

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The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald has a long and not-so-cordial history with the MSNBC host, so it's no wonder he's leading the charge against Joy Reid. Reid apologized last December when a string of homophobic blog posts first resurfaced, but after another round of offensive posts were released, Reid tried to claim she'd been hacked and the posts were altered.

Unlike the posts for which Reid apologized in December—which she said were intended to mock the hypocrisy of GOP officials who are simultaneously closeted gays, but also anti-gay in their politics—these newly discovered articles have nothing to do with GOP hypocrisy. They are just hateful, bigoted, and homophobic in their own right.
This time, acknowledging and apologizing for these viciously bigoted post isn’t what Reid did. She did the opposite: She denied that she ever wrote them — or, at least, she denied writing some of them.

But in a statement, MSNBC proclaimed they would stand by their host even though her blog posts contained comments that were "obviously hateful and hurtful."

"Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful," the statement reads. "They are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years. 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.

Joy Reid also apologized for the posts. 

"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," she said.

But critics argue the real issue isn't just that Joy Reid made offensive comments in old blog posts, it's that she actively lied about it.

Other establishment media outlets covering the story have noted these latest from Reid and MSNBC fail to address her prior, widely disbelieved claims that her old blog was hacked and that the matter was under FBI investigation.
That Reid appears to be a liar (to herself at a minimum) should be a serious issue, particularly in journalism, particularly when the president of the United States has made a habit of denouncing “fake news.” 

But Joy Reid fans are standing by her, and are happy MSNBC has not caved to the attacks.

She apologized for her mistakes, what more can she do?

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