Months after homophobic posts emerged from MSNBC host Joy Reid's former blog, new details prompted LGBTQ advocacy group PFLAG National to rescind an award it had given the journalist.
Reid admitted in December to writing blog posts attacking Charlie Crist roughly a decade ago, accusing him of being a closeted homosexual. She has since apologized to the public and to Crist directly.
But last week, additional excerpts were reportedly unearthed from the same now-defunct blog written by Reid, saying "most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing," and that "gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types."
In response, PFLAG's president, Jean Hodges, issued the following statement: "PFLAG National — the nation's first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their families, and allies — has rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media award to political analyst Joy Reid."
Hodges went on to praise Reid, saying, "When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist. We appreciate how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them and did better. This is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally."
But then Hodges explains that "in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, [the organization] must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid."
For her part, Reid insists that her old blog was hacked, and denied writing any of the newly-discovered anti-gay posts. She said in a statement that "the manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago."
The posts in question were reportedly mined using the Wayback Machine, and Reid's attorneys contacted Internet Archive to remove the posts Reid says were manipulated. Internet Archive said in a blog post that they "let Reid's lawyers know that the information provided was not sufficient for us to verify claims of manipulation."