Controversial FOX News host Sean Hannity defends Joy Reid

The conservative commentator with a sketchy past of his own tells critics to accept her apology and move on

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Fox News host Sean Hannity shocked more than a few supporters Friday when he publicly defended Joy Reidreports Deadline. The MSNBC host is receiving backlash following a new batch of controversial blog posts that were recently unearthed. Those posts were published on Reid’s now-defunct blog.

Some of Reid’s posts were homophobic, while others seemed to suggest that 9/11 was an inside job. Reid also published a photoshopped image of Senator John McCain’s head on the Virginia Tech shooter’s body, who murdered 32 people in 2007. The senator’s daughter Meghan McCain, who is also a co-host on ABC’s The Viewcalled the images “beyond disgusting and disgraceful.”

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However, Hannity preached forgiveness, while also boasting that he was “the number one rated host in cable.”

 “Over the last few days the conversation surrounding the comments made by TV personalities has dominated the news cycle,” Hannity wrote Friday in a post on his website. “We have covered them as well, going over previous tweets, statements and on air opinions. One of these individuals, MSNBC’s Joy Reid, has now apologized for her previous blogs and commentary.”

 He added that Reid’s apology “should be accepted, and she should be given a chance to make it right, and not fired.”

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In Reid’s latest apology, she wrote: “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. I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire.”

MSNBC finally broke its silence, issuing a statement on Friday: “Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful,” the network said. “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.”
Neither Reid’s apology or MSNBC’s statement addressed the host’s previous hacking claims.