Fox News host Sean Hannity shocked more than a few supporters Friday when he publicly defended Joy Reid, reports 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 View, called the images “beyond disgusting and disgraceful.”
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.”
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.”