Embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid on Saturday attempted to apologize for saying hackers placed disparaging articles on a blog website she abandoned more than a decade ago.
But Reid faced backlash on social media for issuing what was called “nothing more than a carefully-crafted PR statement.”
What did she say?
“A community I support and deeply care about is hurting because of despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me,” Reid said at the beginning of her show. “Many of you have seen the blog posts circulating online and social media. Many of them are homophobic, discriminatory, and outright weird and hateful.”
Previously, Reid admitted to writing anti-gay blog posts after some of them were brought to light in December. She even justified her actions by saying the cartoon “South Park” had done it as well.
More of the posts were uncovered this week, and critics called them homophobic and Islamaphobic.
Under the gun, Reid decided that hackers must have written or changed the posts.
“When a friend found them and sent them to me I was stunned,” Reid said. “Frankly, I couldn't imagine where they came from and whose voice that was. I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody manipulated my words or former blog and the reality is they have not been able to prove it.
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me, 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,” Reid said. “I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then.”
What are people saying?
Many Twitter users rebuked Reid’s apology, while others still defended her.
So, to paraphrase, @JoyAnnReid is apologizing for something she believes she didn’t write? This doesn’t make any se… https://t.co/59Ul1fMPni— Boris Epshteyn (@Boris Epshteyn) 1524939442.0
What excuse will Joy Reid come up with next?— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@Stefan Molyneux, MA) 1524949507.0
Here are some of the ways @JoyAnnReid's guests defended her -- slammed "the media" -- and changed the subject https://t.co/yzdo6ndbmk— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1524949448.0
According to former colleagues, @MSNBC @NBCNews management “certain” @joyannreid lied about being hacked, but decid… https://t.co/JJHCLcC2be— David Shuster (@David Shuster) 1524951021.0
If you want to dismiss the Joy Reid controversy because you like watching her on TV, fine. But she's not apologizin… https://t.co/yQz4I2vg6r— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald) 1524657654.0
Brains, guts, heart and soul -- beloved Joy Reid has always been a treasured and brilliant colleague, but I've neve… https://t.co/F4tfIg5MQN— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC) 1524936494.0