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Should MSNBC's Joy Reid Be Fired for Expressing an Unstylish Opinion?

No.

What's that you say? You want more, to make it worth your time to click this? Okay...

Recently, The Atlantic hired writer Kevin Williamson away from National Review. Slightly more recently, The Atlantic fired Kevin Williamson after he'd written a grand total of one piece for the magazine. Williamson was targeted by a howling online mob for some things he'd said in the past about abortion, and Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg capitulated to that mob. Williamson has written about the experience at length here, but the short version is that it was a turf war. Liberals see media outlets like The Atlantic as their territory, and they saw Williamson as a trespasser. Their behavior is parochial, provincial, and bigoted. They're behaving exactly like the sort of people they mistakenly believe they've risen above. It's just another variation on that timeless American classic: "Not from around here, are ya?"

I mention all this to give a little context to what's happening right now to MSNBC's Joy Reid. Caleb Ecarma, Mediaite:

Mediaite has obtained a series of homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid’s old blog that she denies were actually written by her.

In an exclusive statement to Mediaite, the MSNBC host claims these posts from The Reid Report — which include defending homophobia, gay jokes, and the outright mocking of gay people and homosexuality — were somehow put in by an “external party” that “manipulated material from my now-defunct blog.”

Here's a sampling:

There's plenty more of the same at this link.

Reid apologized last December for similar homophobic opinions on her old blog, but now she claims this newly discovered "hate speech" is the work of a hacker.