Joy Reid, who recently took over Chris Matthew’s old time slot on MSNBC is now apologizing for old blog posts pushing conspiracy theories.
Buzzfeed reports MSNBC host Joy Reid encouraged readers of her now-defunct blog to watch an infamous 9/11 conspiracy documentary, according to recently discovered posts shared with BuzzFeed News.
A March 22, 2006, post to her weblog, Reidblog, archived by the Wayback Machine and titled “The official story,” links to Loose Change 9/11, a viral 80-minute web video originally released in 2005. Loose Change, which was produced in part by Infowars’ Alex Jones, alleged that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were in fact planned by the US government. The central claims in Loose Change have been widely debunked.
“The fundamental question is: do you believe the official story of 9/11?” the post reads. “If you do, great. If you don’t, then everything that happened after that is called into serious question. Even if you’re agnostic, or you tend to believe that al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon and that the government had no warning such a thing could happen, it’s worth taking a second look.”
Reid has come under fire over the past six months after internet researchers surfaced other posts from the blog, several of which are anti-gay. The AM Joy host initially apologized for the posts last December, but in April claimed that hackers had inserted separate anti-gay posts into her decade-old blog. But the rising progressive star was forced to admit that she could not substantiate this claim after news reports called into question the validity of the evidence her private cybersecurity expert provided.
Per the NY Times, on Wednesday, BuzzFeed News reported that Ms. Reid’s old blog had promoted a Sept. 11 conspiracy by suggesting that readers watch “Loose Change,” which posits that the attack was planned by the United States government.
And on Thursday, BuzzFeed News surfaced a post that contained an image of Senator John McCain’s head Photoshopped onto the body of Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, wrote on Twitter that the post was “beyond disgusting and disgraceful.”
Ms. Reid, 49, did not blame or mention hackers this time. In a statement on Friday, Ms. Reid, the “AM Joy” host, said that she had reached out to Ms. McCain, a former on-air colleague, and that she had the “highest respect for Senator McCain.” She said that she had evolved and that “I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago.”
“There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” Ms. Reid said. “Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.”
MSNBC said in a statement that some of the blog posts were “obviously hateful and hurtful,” but that they were “not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years.”