Why isn’t MSNBC proud?
The progressive cable network have been scratching their heads over who should fill the 7 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Chris Matthews. Matthews exited acrimoniously following claims he was out of touch with their viewership and made several off-color remarks to female guests and staff. You might think, therefore, that MSNBC would be opting for an uncontroversial successor.
But if the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, you would be wrong: apparently the network is lining up Joy Reid.
According to the Journal, ‘Talks over Ms Reid’s appointment are still ongoing and an agreement isn’t a certainty, one person close to the situation said.’
Given the recent racial unrest in America, you can see why the politically correct higher-ups at MSNBC may think that a black woman is the right hire. But, Cockburn asks, would it really be fair to the network’s gay viewers to appoint someone with such a lengthy history of homophobic remarks? During Pride month, no less!
On her blog in the Noughties, Reid frequently referred to Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida as ‘Miss Charlie’ and made a number of gay jokes at his expense. In other posts she said that ‘most straight people cringe at the idea of two men kissing’ and said she hadn’t watched Brokeback Mountain because she ‘didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex. Does that make me homophobic? Probably.’ To boot, she also promoted a 9/11 conspiracy theory documentary.
Cockburn is no fan of cancel culture and is a big believer in forgiveness and the idea that people’s views evolve over time: but don’t you have to admit wrongdoing in order to be absolved? That’s not what Reid did: instead, she claimed to Mediaite that ‘an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material…to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.’
No one at Reid’s network has ever really held her accountable for this laughable excuse, so don’t be surprised if she is offered the coveted 7 p.m. slot. Though Cockburn suspects that MSNBC might wait until July 1 to do so…
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