MSNBC host Joy Reid’s old blog has resurfaced, and the posts are really whacky.
Like, conspiracy theory level nutty. So far it’s been revealed that she
- Encouraged readers to watch a 9/11 conspiracy documentary, that purported to tell the “true story.” Loose Change, partially produced iby Infowars’ Alex Jones, claimed the U.S. Government planned the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. “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.”
- Claimed the U.S. government allowed porous borders to let in slave labor:”I know it sounds like Moonbatty fanaticism, but if you believe that your government would lie, cheat and attempt to destroy people in order to start a war that doesn’t even make strategic sense, but which they had to know would result in the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of people . . . if you believe that men who are supposed to be working for us, are working so much against us that they would give away American industry to foreign powers, permit the breaching of our borders in order to feed slave labor to multinationals, that they would strip Americans of the most basic civil rights, and make about 40 percent of us like it (or be too afraid not to) — if they would do all that, including to, at this point, more than 1 million U.S. soldiers who have rotated in and out of Iraq . . . what do you believe they wouldn’t do?”
- Published a doctored image of Senator John McCain’s head over the body of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho.
This, of course, is an inconvenient time to have discovered the McCain photo, since he’s dying of brain cancer and all.
But, liberals don’t ever have to suffer consequences for their bad behavior, do they? Over at National Review, Jim Geraghty has a good conclusion:
It’s not just that no right-of-center personality would get a pass for such a tasteless and exploitative tone in past writings and comments the way Reid has. It’s that no right-of-center or even centrist television network would be able to batten down the hatches and just wait out the storm and refuse to comment for day after day the way MSNBC is currently.
Good for CNN’s Brooke Baldwin for calling out the epic double standard seen in the reactions to Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee. A lot of figures on the Right complain that figures in the mainstream media like CNN “never” objects to incendiary rhetoric on the left or beyond-the-pale criticisms of Republicans, and that’s not quite true.
It’s fairer to say that mainstream media figures rarely object to incendiary rhetoric on the left, and when they do, the consequences are marginal. It wasn’t hard to find mainstream journalists who publicly criticized Michelle Wolf’s routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But if that criticism had a consequence at all, it probably helped Wolf’s career; the controversy probably helped publicize her new Netflix show.
Image Credit: By Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA (Caucus Tourism: Joy Reid) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Hat Tip: National Review