The Daily Beast will suspend future columns from Joy Reid due to the fallout over comments she made on an old blog a decade ago, the website’s executive editor Noah Shachtman told staff in an internal memo on Wednesday.
“We’re going to hit pause on Reid’s columns,” said Shachtman in an email reviewed by TheWrap. “As you’re well aware, support for LGBTQ rights and respect for human dignity are core to Daily Beast. So we’re taking seriously the new allegations that one of our columnists, Joy Reid, previously wrote homophobic blog posts during her stint as a radio host.”
“Obviously, this is a difficult situation,” Shachtman added. “We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we wish we hadn’t done. We deserve the room to grow beyond our past. But these allegations are serious enough that they deserve a full examination.”
The email was first reported on Twitter by CNN’s Oliver Darcy.
Though she apologized for content on her old blog “The Reid Report” back in December, the MSNBC host has denied the latest revelations reported by Mediaite, saying that her now long defunct website was hacked. Shachtman told Beast employees that the company was investigating and would produce their own story on the issue.
Reid has been a longtime opinion columnist at the Daily Beast. Her last column for the website was published just days before her latest scandal.
Things continued to spiral for Reid — and MSNBC — over the story, which has now moved beyond the revelations reported by Mediaite to whether Reid was being honest about claims of hacking. On Wednesday evening, Reid’s lawyer John H. Reichman told TheWrap that the FBI has opened an investigation into the issue.
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SOURCE: The Wrap – Jon Levine