The MSNBC weekend host ran a blog called The Reid Report — which is the same name as her now-defunct cable news show — a decade ago while she wrote for the Miami Herald. As first resurfaced by Twitter user Jamie_Maz, Reid wrote numerous bigoted blog posts smearing, mocking, and attacking former Florida governor Charlie Crist. These rants included calling Crist “Miss Charlie” and sarcastically using the tags “gay politicians” and “not gay politicians” — despite the fact that the twice-married, heterosexual man has never come-out as gay.
Reid went on to spread the crackpot conspiracy theory that Crist was actually a closeted gay man who refused to come out for fear that his sexual orientation would hurt his political career. Additionally, the AM Joy host claims Crist’s marriages to women are part of this elaborate cover up.
As bad as the conspiracy theory is in itself, Reid doesn’t just suggest Cris is gay — she assumes he is gay and proceeds to attack him for it. “Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie. Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies,” wrote Reid in a 2007 post.
In another, Reid wrote, “Now that he’s married to a girl, Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff… [The GOP] are wooing Miss Charlie to run.”
One of the more disturbing examples of Reid’s bigotry is her claim that Crist spent his honeymoon checking-out men and dreading physical relations with his wife. “I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘god, do I actually have to see her naked…?'” She wrote.
The same blog post included a joke about Crist having sex with Senator John McCain of Arizona — who she claims is the reason the former Florida governor got married to another woman in the first place, as it would somehow help him become McCain’s 2008 running mate.
These attacks on Crist led Reid to share her opinions on why gay men stay in the closet, writing, “When a gay politician gets married, it usually indicates that he is highly ambitious, and desires to put himself in a position to move up the power ladder.”
These homophobic remarks and anti-gay jokes were spread throughout 12 of Reid’s blog posts — in which shes uses the term “Miss Charlie” a total of 17 times — and were all written when the pundit was in her late 30s or early 40 years, lest anyone chalk this up to youth.
The Reid Report blog no longer exists, but its articles can be accessed using the internet archiving service the Wayback Machine.
While Reid received backlash from many of her critics for these posts, but she may have gained some new fans as the alt-right 4Chan forum /Pol/ heaped praise on her. “Joy Reid is one of us,” wrote an internet poster on the hateful message board.
Ironically, Reid is infamous for slamming anyone who dares to criticize her political views by calling them a bigot, as she frequently refers to Bernie Sanders supporters and other leftists as sexists or racists. Though, this latest example of hypocrisy shouldn’t surprise anyone as she has a history of doing exactly what she attacks others for doing.
Mediaite reached out to MSNBC for comment on these blog posts, but did not receive a response.
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