MSNBC has announced Joy Ann Reid, a long-time contributor to the network, will be getting her own show starting later this month. Reid says The Reid Report won't be “an hour of why Republicans suck.”
The fact that Reid felt the need to make that statement provides insight into how she thinks people may perceive not only MSNBC, but her upcoming show.
“Everyone here (at MSNBC) has a different, unique perspective, they’re all really smart, and they’re all interesting people that you want to hear talk.”
Reid identifies race as a central issue in politics, and adds that “there’s a zeal, on the right, to be able to call someone a racist, and it’s almost an emotional release. It’s a strategy to silence people.”
There's a zeal on the right to call someone a racist? C'mon, Joy! Chris Matthews can't go a day without calling Republicans racist. Have you never watched his show? Anyway, she continued:
I’m not on there to do an hour of why Republicans suck, I don’t think I have to do that, I think what MSNBC does really well is to have a really smart conversation both with the left, and the right. We may not get that right all the time, but I don’t know a mean-spirited person in this building.”
Yeah, well, apparently you don't watch The Ed Show, either, Joy. Schultz may beg to differ about the whole “mean-spirited” thing. This guy's vitriol for conservatives is — like Matthews' continual race-baiting — on display on a nightly basis.
As for Reid's past appearances on MSBNC, here a few examples of her idea of “not” saying Republicans suck:
- In December of last year, she said of the so-called knock-out game, “the right went absolutely ballistic over it because Republicans want to stoke issues of race.”
- Also in December, she chastised Sarah Palin's “manifesto on Christmas purity,” criticizing the for governor of Alaska over her Christmas tree and “family photos.”
- And just last month, she not only claimed that the Republican Party is “governed by its 'media industrial complex,'" but that Republicans "have an incentive to make the country fail, just so he [Barack Obama] will fail.”
Anyway, I'm looking forward to not watching Joy Reid not bash Republicans. And the chances of that happening are about the same as Rush Limbaugh announcing that after a lot of soul searching, he's decided to become a Democrat and campaign for Hillary in 2016.