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Joy Reid Apologizes for Blog Posts That Slam Wolf Blitzer, John McCain

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid is once again in the headlines for offensive posts she made on her now-defunct blog. This time — instead of homophobic comments — her past posts take aim at Israel and the fact that Wolf Blitzer is Jewish, critique John McCain, and promote 9/11 conspiracy theories.

A recently unearthed 2005 blog post from The Reid Report says CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who is Jewish, once worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and he doesn't hide "his affinity for his Israeli guests, or his partisanship for their cause." The post was uncovered by The Federalist.

Buzzfeed reported Thursday that in 2007, Reid posted a Photoshopped image of Sen. John McCain's head on the body of the Virginia Tech mass shooter. Reid also previously promoted the film Loose Change, which accused the U.S. government of planning the 9/11 attacks and was co-produced by anti-LGBT conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Reid released a statement Friday apologizing for the posts.

 

 

Reid's 2005 comments imply that Blitzer, a longtime CNN anchor, is more loyal to Israel than America.

"With the Israeli ambassador, Blitzer was solicitous, even posing the incredible question of ‘what can we do’ about the deteriorating situation," she wrote, "We??? Would that be we Israelis or we in the United States, Wolf? Mr. Blitzer, a former flak for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — though you’d never know it from his CNN bio — has consistently carried on that job in another form in his capacity as CNN host."

"He doesn’t even try to hide his affinity for his Israeli guests, or his partisanship for their cause, while turning instantly to prosecutorial mode when questioning any guest who has the dumb luck to be an Arab or Muslim in King Blitzer’s court," she continued.

Previously Reid had come under fire for blog posts that demeaned gay men. She implied that they were the result of a hack, but the Internet Archive found no evidence to back up her claim.

MSNBC finally commented on Reid's controversial past statements, releasing the following statement Friday: “Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful. They are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years. Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true.”

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