Joy Reid issues apology for past blog posts: ‘There are things I deeply regret’
The mea culpa comes after months of scrutiny.
Joy Reid has been fielding criticism for past blog posts for months and now she’s coming clean about the words that got her in so much trouble. The MSNBC host previously suggested some of the questionable comments were made by a hacker.
In April, Joy Reid came under fire when a Twitter user uncovered several homophobic posts on the blog. She hired a cybersecurity expert and her attorney told reporters the FBI was investigating the breach.
She made no mention of the hacker defense when she issued her statement on Friday.
“While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. 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 in the statement.
“I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire.”
MSNBC issued a statement and seems to be supporting their host.
“Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful,” the network said in a statement.
“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.”
This isn’t the first time Joy Reid has apologized for hurtful words. Last year, she issued an apology to the LGBTQ community after several raised concerns about her blog posts.
“At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy. Nonetheless, as someone who is not a member of the LGBT community, 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 – not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions,” she said at the time.
She went on to apologize for using sexual orientation as a “means of critiquing” someone’s stances and concluded, “I am disappointed in myself. I apologize to those who also are disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better.”