Women of the CBC Pen Letter Supporting Joy-Ann Reid to NBC and MSNBC Leadership
The women of the Congressional Black Caucus penned a letter last week to President of NBC of NBC Universal, Andy Lack, and President of MSNBC, Phil Griffin, championing Joy-Ann Reid’s platform on the network. The letter of support comes as more controversial blogs have surfaced in what seems to be an coordinated effort by foes of the longtime thought leader. The latest batch includes a promo for a documentary claiming 9/11 was perpetrated by the federal government, and a photoshopped image of Senator John McCain’s (R-ZA) head on the body of a mass shooter. “Joy-Ann is held in high esteem by women, people of color, and all people who believe in truth. She brings a unique perspective to her reporting and encourages healthy debate critical to the national dialogue shaping our country,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter. “Further, she has a diverse staff, promoted diversity in invited guests on the show, and demonstrated commitment to exploring a wide range of topics.” The women of the CBC point out that they don’t agree with comments the host made in the past but they do accept her public apology. “We applaud Joy-Ann’s intellect, maturity and her willingness to reflect as well as reevaluate her positions,” they continued. MSNBC has issued public statements supporting the Harvard graduate and Reid herself has also offered contrition. “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,” Reid said. Joy’s show averages more than a million viewers and consistently dominates her weekend 10A timeslot.