MSNBC stands by Joy Reid after she apologizes for controversial blog posts

MSNBC said Friday that it is standing by host Joy Reid, who apologized for writing offensive blog posts that resurfaced this week and said she no longer holds the opinions found in them.  

“Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful,” the network said Friday of comments Reid wrote on her now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, more than a decade ago. “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.”

MSNBC’s statement comes two days after BuzzFeed reported on two controversial posts Reid wrote in 2006 and 2007. The posts feature a 9/11 conspiracy theory and a manipulated image of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as a mass shooter. BuzzFeed resurrected them weeks after Reid claimed her blog had been hacked to feature homophobic content written under her name.

“There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” Reid, who now hosts the weekend show “AM Joy,” said Friday in a lengthy apology, adding that she has reached out to McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain regarding the incident. 

“I’ve also spoken openly about my evolution on many issues and know that I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago,” she added. 

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: Joy-Ann Reid speaks during the Leading Women Defined: Women On Washington at Ritz Carlton Hotel on March 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: Joy-Ann Reid speaks during the Leading Women Defined: Women On Washington at Ritz Carlton Hotel on March 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) ? Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) left, and Joy Reid, Managing Editor, TheGrio.com, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington D.C., Sunday, March 3, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: Joy Reid is seen at BET Honors 2014: Debra Lee Pre-Dinner at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on February 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Miami, FL - MAY 30: Rachel Jeantel, 20, receives a hug from journalist Joy Reid following her graduation from the Academy for Community Education (ACE) in Miami, Florida. Jeantel was on the phone with her friend Trayvon Martin just before he died from a gunshot wound in February of 2012. (Photo by Angel Valentin for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: TV personality Joy Reid and screenwriter John Ridley attend The Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Creator at Apple Store Soho on February 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC National Correspondent, left, and Hugh Hewitt, Host, The Hugh Hewitt Show, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday Sept. 6, 2015. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist, Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC Correspondent; Author, Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide and moderator Chuck Todd, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday Jan. 17, 2016. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Bai, National Political Columnist, Yahoo! News, left, and Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC Correspondent, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday April 10, 2016. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) -- Moderator Chuck Todd, right, Joy-Ann Reid, Host, AM Joy appear on 'Meet the Press' in Cleveland, OH, Sunday July 17, 2016. -- (Photo by: Duane Prokop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Correspondent and winner of the WMC Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award, Joy Reid speaks onstage at the Women's Media Center 2016 Women's Media awards on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Women's Media Center)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Anita Sarkeesian, Samantha Bee, Regina K. Scully, and Joy Reid attend The Women's Media Center 2016 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Comedian Kathy Griffin in conversation with Joy Reid at 92nd Street Y on November 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 30: Charlamagne tha God (L) and Joy-Ann Reid at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 30: Michael Steele (L) and Joy-Ann Reid at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon)
(L-R): Actress Viola Davis, Tina Brown and author Joy-Ann Reid speak onstage at the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Tracy Martin, Joy Reid, and Sybrina Fulton attends the premiere of 'Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC on April 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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Reid’s apology did not reference her previous hacking claims, which her attorney said at the time were being investigated by the FBI. Neither did the statement from MSNBC, which previously released an official statement in support of Reid’s hacking claims.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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