MSNBC’s Joy Reid issued a bizarre non-apology over the weekend for a newly-discovered rash of homophobic posts on her old blog. “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me,” Reid said. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and I have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.”
Well … yes. Reid already apologized last December for similar posts and tweets, so anyone can understand why people might disbelieve that such comments are “completely alien” to her. The Daily Beast, which has suspended Reid, reports her claim that the blog was hacked crumbled upon investigation (as did CNN). And the webzine seems unimpressed with her flip from the hacking claim to sudden amnesia.
MSNBC is not saying anything about Reid’s fate publicly yet. David Shuster, citing his former colleagues there, reports NBC News management is certain the hacking claim is a lie, but decided not to fire her because they previously retained the fabulist Brian Williams at MSNBC.
NPR’s David Folkenflik reports that unofficially, MSNBC execs thought Reid’s apology went well and note the outpouring of support for her (even if that support often took the form of attacking the media and changing the subject).