MSNBC host Joy Reid used her appearance on the network Saturday to try to change a conversation that revolves around her.
Reid has been under a microscope in recent days due to a new set of accusations that he wrote a cache of blog posts with homophobic comments. The presenter has dealt with the problem since the end of last year and apologized previously, but this week he found that he was not discovering elements that she said were not his, but the result of the work of the hackers. Reid has hired a cybersecurity expert to reinforce his claims.
"I sincerely believe that I did not write those odious things because they are completely foreign to me, but I can definitely understand it based on things I've tweeted and I've written in the past why some people do not believe me," he said during the segment. opening of "AM Joy," his MSNBC show, on Saturday, even when he admitted that his team has not been able to find conclusive evidence that its publications have been tampered with. "The reality is that they have not been able to prove it," he said of the consultants who work with her. "I can not remove any of that, I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then, I like to think that I have improved over time, that I am still growing," he said during the program.
Reid proceeded to borrow a play that seems to have worked for HBO presenter Bill Maher, who faced a similar muddle in 2017 after uttering an epithet in his "Real Time" program. Next, Maher summoned guests such as Ice Cube and Michael Eric Dyson to be called to the task of using the insult and exploring the problems of its use. Surrounded by representatives of the LBGTQ community on Saturday, Reid told his meeting: "Feel free to question me" about the comments and attitudes he made in the past.
His guests included columnist Jonthan Capehart and Zeke Stokes, vice president of programs for GLAAD.
The accusations against its surface at a difficult time for many partisan television hosts. On Fox News, both Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have come under renewed scrutiny in recent months, and activists press advertisers to boycott the 10 p.m. program on the network owned by 21st Century Fox. MSNBC has not made a public comment about the growing imbroglio, although it has relayed the statements of Reid and his representatives.
Several MSNBC associates came to their aid on social networks on Saturday morning. Malcolm Nance, an MSNBC contributor and national security expert, tweeted his support for Reid, while MSNBC's main presenter, Lawrence O'Donnell, retweeted similar comments from New Yorker legal analyst and writer Jeffrey Toobin.
The controversy threatens to engulf Reid a moment when she has enjoyed greater visibility on MSNBC. His weekend program has gained strength, particularly among fans of the progressive-minded programming that MSNBC transmits during its best daily schedule Monday through Friday. She got an interview with Hillary Clinton after the former US Secretary of State. UU And presidential candidate will publish a book on the 2016 presidential election. And, along with his MSNBC colleague Ari Melber, Reid has been used as a frequent filler server for the network's primetime hosts.