Timothy Benton | Jan 9, 2019 | 0
Joy Reid and Leftist Double Standards
MSNBC host Joy Reid has come under fire for statements that she has made a decade ago.
In 2007, 2008, and 2009, Joy Reid wrote many articles criticizing then-governor of Florida, Charlie Crist. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, and former Republican, who had served as a state representative before serving as governor from 2007 to 2011.
The articles, which some have criticized as anti-gay, appeared on Reid’s blog, The Reid Report. She was around 40 years old when writing her pieces.
She referred to the governor as “Miss Charlie” and a “gay politician” despite the governor having a heterosexual marriage.
She also alleged that the governor was secretly pretending to be straight and that he was deliberately hiding it so his political career won’t be hurt.
This sort of tease is common among the left. Countless times, I have heard statements from Democrats saying that politicians who are religious or critical of the morality of homosexuality are secret homosexuals. This type of rhetoric is normally ignored or accepted by the left because they see it as championing gay rights.
One example of similar rhetoric came from a far-left comedian, Stephen Colbert. Colbert insinuated the President Donald Trump and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is in a homosexual relationship. Colbert referred to Trump as Putin’s “cock holster.” This statement gained praise and applause. The problem with these types of statement typically employed by the left is that they imply there is something about homosexuality to be made fun. Colbert’s joke hinges on the idea that a homosexual relationship is something to be made fun. However, since it was uttered by someone who typically uses gay rights for political leverage, the left gave him a pass. Colbert did not lose his job and did not lose his audience.
Some parts of the left seem particularly dismissive of Reid’s comments. While some call them anti-gay or homophobic, some mainstream media outlets simply brush them off as “insensitive” and then peddle her apology.
Personally, I would not condemn Reid over her comments. She used politically incorrect language to describe someone who she suspected of being homosexual, and while I believe it was rude and crass to do so, her statements did not seem to attack all gay people.
However, we should expect the left to live up to their own standards. If a conservative politician or pundit had said this, they would be treated with a much heavier hand. That would even be the case if it were a libertarian politician who supports gay rights. The left wants to uphold political correctness and purge any sort of speech that could be misconstrued as offensive. In a rational world, I would expect the left to care more about Reid’s comments.
It’s all politics. Democrat pundits and politicians are rarely critical of their own figures, and it’s to be expected. No one is surprised that serious action against Joy Reid has not been taken. It is a shame, but hypocrisy and double standards are typical in the political playbook.