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Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column After Antigay Blog Posts

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After losing an honor from LGBT family group PFLAG, Joy Reid is continuing to experience fall out after the surfacing of several antigay blog posts, which were allegedly written in the mid to late 2000s. The Daily Beast has officially suspended future columns from Reid, according to an internal memo from the website's executive editor Noah Shachtman, obtained by CNN's Oliver Darcy.

“We’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns,” emailed Shachtman. “As you’re well aware, support for LGBTQ rights and respect for human dignity are core to Daily Beast. So we’re taking seriously the new allegations that one of our columnists, Joy Reid, previously wrote homophobic blog posts during her stint as a radio host.”

In the contested posts, the journalist refers to gay sex as "gross," states gay men "tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types." She also compiled "totally not gay" lists that out closeted figures at the time like Clay Aiken and Anderson Cooper. She also mocked Rachel Maddow for supporting LGBT rights.

"Reid claims that she was hacked, that new blog posts aren't really hers, Kevin Poulsen – our top cybersecurity reporter and a no shit authority in the field – is investigating those claims," Shachtman said. "Our media reporter Max Tani is examining Reid's history, in part to see if the tone of her alleged blog posts matches the tone she took offline at the time."

“Obviously, this is a difficult situation,” Shachtman explained. “We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we wish we hadn’t done. We deserve the room to grow beyond our past. But these allegations are serious enough that they deserve a full examination.”

Reid, whose hired "cybersecurity consultant" claimed her blog was "breached" by hacking in December, continues to host her MSNBC show, which airs weekend mornings. A spokesperson for NBC said her show will remain on the air, while law enforcement investigates Reid's hacking allegations.

Tags: Media, Homophobia

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