BREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – MSNBC provided viewers with one of the most tone-deaf moments in cable news history when Andrea Mitchell asked Joy Reid about a racist tweet that Roseanne Barr sent about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Last month, Reid famously admitted to writing homophobic slurs that she’d previously insisted were the work of diabolical hackers.
Mitchell asked, “What do you have to do on social media to get fired from a top rated show on an American broadcast network?”
Reid responded by pointing to the specific language of Barr’s apology, noting that admitting the jab was about Jarrett’s appearance was proof that the message was racist. “That was a very telling part of the apology,” Reid said. “I’m not surprised, this is the kind of humor that Roseanne does.”
Mitchell then asked, “Well why didn’t you get fired from your job for making homophobic tweets?”
Reid paused before she answered. “There are more blacks in this country than gays. Roseanne offended more people than I did, thus she should’ve been fired. I offended less people, so I should’ve been left alone. What I have said numerically makes sense. Ask any liberal mathematician.”