Embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid and the MSNBC Senior Communications Manager Lorie Acio released statements on Friday about the growing controversy surrounding Reid’s now-defunct blog after new posts were uncovered this week.
The statements from the network and the host come after new posts were revealed this week that showed Reid promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories, attacked Israel’s right to exist, and featured a photoshopped image of John McCain as the Virginia Tech shooter.
In a statement provided to Fox News’ Brian Flood, Reid wrote:
While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the 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’m sincerely apologizing again.
I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire.
To be clear, I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain 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. 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.
Shortly after Reid released her statement, MSNBC wrote:
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.
The controversy surrounding Reid’s blog started in December when old blog posts were found where she made numerous bigoted and anti-gay remarks. Reid later apologized for what she wrote and attempted to justify it by noting that the creators of South Park did the same thing in their hit TV show.