The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is calling for MSNBC to fire host Joy Reid for promoting “sinister anti-Semitic canards” in old blog posts.
The June 11 statement on the ZOA’s website highlights old posts from Reid in which she echoes former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement that Israel doesn’t have a right to exist, calling Israel’s use of force against Hamas the “population equivalent of 100 9/11s” and claiming that the U.S. went to war in Iraq at the behest of Israel.
“It is truly remarkable and a sign of the sickness of our times that someone who espouses sinister anti-Semitic canards and gives voice to bizarre conspiracy theories hold a major broadcasting position on a TV network,” ZOA President Mort Klein said. “More outrageous still is the fact that Joy Reid’s outrageous record, once discovered and publicized, has not led to her immediate firing, which the ZOA urges MSNBC to do without a moment’s delay.”
Other controversies from Reid’s now-defunct blog includes her photoshopping an image of ailing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) onto Virginia Tech shooter Seng-Hui Cho in 2007 and other posts that have been criticized as homophobic. Reid has apologized for the McCain image; as for the latter, she originally claimed that she was hacked but later apologized after no evidence of hacking was found.