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Joy Reid’s Old Blog Draws New Scrutiny in Post-Roseanne Era



The Washington Post
Thursday, May 31, 2018

NBC News remained silent on Wednesday about MSNBC host Joy Reid amid new revelations that she once wrote blog posts raising questions about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that echo “truther” conspiracy theories.

Reid — a liberal commentator who has been under fire for homophobic comments that have been found on her now-defunct blog — promoted a 9/11 film co-produced by Alex Jones, the far-right media figure who has touted numerous conspiracy theories on his InfoWars website and radio program.

Reid has previously claimed her blog was hacked and that she was unaware that the anti-gay comments had been inserted under her name long after she had stopped writing it. MSNBC has stood by her pending an FBI investigation. The bizarre allegations have raised questions about Reid’s honesty and integrity.

The new reports seem likely to raise additional pressure on NBC News to fire her, especially in the wake of ABC firing sitcom star Roseanne Barr for anti-Semitic and racist tweets. Conservatives have been particularly eager to condemn Reid, who has espoused liberal and progressive opinions on her program, AM Joy, which airs on weekend mornings.

Representatives of NBC had no comment when contacted late Wednesday afternoon. Reid could not be reached.

The latest series of controversial comments, first reported by BuzzFeed News, involve Reid’s apparently favorable comments about an infamous “truther” documentary called Loose Change 9/11. The 2005 film (the first in a series) makes the widely discredited claim that it was the U.S. government, instead of al-Qaida terrorists, that plotted to attack the Pentagon and bring down the World Trade Center towers.

Reid’s old blog (“Reidblog”) from her time as a local broadcaster in south Florida, linked to a web video of the film in March 2006, and added this comment: “The fundamental question is: do you believe the official story of 9/11? If you do, great. If you don’t, then everything that happened after that is called into serious question. Even if you’re agnostic, or you tend to believe that al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon and that the government had no warning such a thing could happen, it’s worth taking a second look.”

BuzzFeed also found another post from around the same time that included a comment alleging that government officials identified the 9/11 plotters “suspiciously soon.” It raised suspicions popular in conspiracy-theory circles, such as questioning why a building in the trade center complex that was not directly struck by an airplane collapsed as well.

“For that matter, why did any of the WTV (sic) buildings fall...?” the blog says. “Somehow I think it will be a generation before we get the full story on what happened on 9/11.”

Reid apologized in December after the website Mediaite published old posts from Reid’s blog in which she suggested that then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was a gay man who had gotten married as a cover. “I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘god, do I actually have to see her naked...?” one posting from 2008 said. In an apology to Crist, Reid called those comments “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.”

She also apologized to conservative commentator Ann Coulter, whom Reid had suggested in old tweets was a man.