MSNBC host Joy Reid is in hot water again for publishing a doctored image of Sen. John McCain’s face over the body of the Virginia Tech shooter on her former blog.
“While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day,” the embattled “AM Joy” personality said in a statement.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
She added that she has reached out to Meghan McCain.
In 2006 on her now-defunct ReidBlog, she peddled a conspiratorial 9/11 film that labeled the terrorist attacks an inside job – encouraging followers to watch “Loose Change,” a film produced in part by Infowars’ Alex Jones.
Last year, Reid also came under fire when she made insensitive LGBT remarks. She initially said she had been hacked but later apologized.
MSNBC on Friday backed Reid even as more of her inflammatory posts emerged.
“Some of the things written by Joy on her old blog are obviously hateful and hurtful,” the network said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
In another blog post that surfaced late Thursday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was assailed for being “a former flak for American Israeli Public Affairs Committee,” The Hill reported.
The veteran newsman was accused of not hiding “his affinity for his Israeli guests, or his partisanship for their cause.”
“With the Israeli ambassador, Blitzer was solicitous, even posing the incredible question of ‘what can we do’ about the deteriorating situation,” reads the 2005 Reid entry, which was unearthed by The Federalist.
In her mea culpa Friday, Reid added: “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.”
Joy needs to get it together.