Thus far, MSNBC host Joy Reid has miraculously held onto her job after old posts from her blog surfaced. The posts, which had Reid on the “wrong side” of the left’s LGBT thoughtline, came to light after the website Mediaite went digging around in the Wayback Machine, which archives websites and how they change throughout the years. Reid engaged in a campaign of extraordinary lying, assuring her liberal fans that she’d been hacked by some nefarious entity, but those claims were met with laughter and incredulity from people who would have been inclined to accept an apology. Yet, somehow, she remains on the air.
But those days may be coming to an end.
Because while Reid might have gotten away with her slurs against homosexuals from the mid-2000s, she may not be able to get away with an even more horrendous left-wing thought crime: Criticism against Islam. It turns out that she was “guilty” of that as well in her old blog, which we recently learned thanks to some detective work performed by the Washington Free Beacon.
In 2006, Muslims in the Middle East broke into violent protests (do they engage in any other sort?) when a Danish newspaper published several cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Reid talked about the riots in her blog at the time, and she took issue with an American Muslim group that referred to the entire episode as a “learning experience.”
“Uh…ok…I’m not sure what we’re learning here, except that the current iterations of Islam are largely incompatible with Western notions of free speech and expression, and thus, I’d say, with the Bushian dream of Western style democracy for all,” she wrote.
She also had some sharp words for anyone who really thought Muslims were going to embrace those values. “You guys wanna demand that the world’s billions of Muslims get with the ‘classical liberalism’ program?” she asked. “Good luck. That tactic has really worked out for the Scandinavians, the British, and the French.”
Ooof, this is the kind of rhetoric the Southern Poverty Law Center cites to put people like Sam Harris and Richard Spencer in the “hate” column of their website. It is not tolerated, at all, by the modern liberal left, which believes that Islam is a beautiful religion tainted by one or two bad actors around the world.
Perhaps Reid will get a pass seeing as how this was 2006, but we’re not sure. This might be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
We will say this, though; if Reid was saying this kind of stuff on her MSNBC show these days, she would be – by far – the most watchable host on the channel.