MSNBC host Joy Reid finally broke her silence Friday about controversial blog posts from her past that have infuriated many, including some of her previous allies on the left.
Here's what she said
Reid released a statement Friday apologizing for her past blog posts, and not mentioning any cyber-hacking for their content.
"While I published my blog, starting in 2005," her statement read, "I wrote thousands of posts in real time on issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I am sincerely apologizing again."
"I'm sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals," she added, "and communities caught in the crossfire."
"To be clear," she continued, "I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain [R-Ariz.] as a public servant and patriot and wish him and his family the best. I have reached out to Meghan McCain and will continue to do so. She is a former on-air colleague and I feel deeply for her and her family."
"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," Reid said. "I am the daughter of immigrants and have worked to be a strong ally of these communities. There is no question in my mind that Al Qaeda perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or about Israel's right to its sovereignty."
"I believe the totality of my work attests to my ideals and I continue to grow every day," she concluded.
A laundry list of offenses
Reid went through a laundry list of new blog posts that had been unearthed at used to criticize her and MSNBC for continuing to employ her. Her posts had used homophobic language and also opined that New Orleans should be rebuilt by citizens, and not by Mexicans, "legal or illegal," after the Katrina Hurricane disaster.
Reid also touched upon a post that contained a photoshopped image depicting Senator McCain as the Virginia Tech shooter. In another post, she advocated for a conspiracy theory about 9/11, while still another criticized a CNN news anchor for being too accommodating to Israel.
MSNBC and Reid have been mocked by many for their initial response to the blog posts, which included blaming an unidentified cyber-hacker for the content of some of the articles.