MSNBC’s Joy Reid faces backlash for criticizing media’s coverage of Ukraine

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MSNBC host Joy Reid faced criticism this week for media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine, a topic she says is elevating wars involving “brown and black” people around the world.

During a Monday broadcast of The ReidOut, the progressive talking head argued that Americans only care about the war, which entered its 15th day on Thursday, because Ukrainians are “white and largely Christian.”

“If this happened elsewhere, would we see the same outpouring of compassion?” Reid, 53, asked her viewers as she covered the crisis herself.

“We need not wonder whether the international response would be the same if Russia unleashed its horror on a country that was not white and largely Christian, because Russia has already done it,” Reid said, referring to Russia’s deployment of troops. to Syria in 2015 amid the country’s ongoing civil war.

“We should also care so much about refugees and those dealing with occupation and war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa,” Reid continued, after admitting that Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European nation was a pressing issue. used to be.

“But we have not witnessed the same kind of solidarity for the Yemenis as for the Ukrainians,” the African-American host added. “We don’t see historic sanctions or global campaigns, companies like Airbnb and Netflix taking a stance.”

Reid stated, “The coverage of Ukraine has revealed quite a radical difference in how human Ukrainians look and feel in the Western media compared to their browner and blacker counterparts.”

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During a Monday broadcast of The ReidOut, host Joy Reid argued that Americans only care about the war because Ukrainians are “white and largely Christian.”

As she spoke, Reid played a montage of clips in which multi-media reporters expressed their shock at the events in war-torn Ukraine, drawing attention to the coverage the conflict has been getting from western new stations since it broke out 15 days ago. began.

“This is a teaching moment for us in the media,” Reid said to conclude her monologue, before praising herself for broadcasting the observation.

‘We are not afraid to address our own industry. There’s a lot of soul-searching we have to do in the western media about why some wars and lives seem to matter more than others.’

Reid’s comments may come as a surprise to some of her viewers, as her show largely mirrored her competitors when she covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while ignoring the war in Yemen and other international conflicts.

A search for transcripts in a TV script database called TV Eyes shows that before Monday, Reid hadn’t mentioned the war in Yemen since at least September 2021, Mediate reported.

Conservative commentators this week were quick to downplay Reid’s comments.

“All she likes to do is go out and stir racial hatred,” journalist Megyn Kelly said of Reid’s comments during a televised interview with Sky News Australia Wednesday.

“Her point is, of course, stupid and baseless.”

“All she likes to do is go out and stir racial hatred,” journalist Megyn Kelly said of Reid’s comments, during a televised interview with Sky News Australia on Wednesday.

Kelly, 51, continued, “I was on Fox News when the Syrian crisis happened,” commenting on Reid’s comparison of Western coverage of the two conflicts.

“We led that story all the way here in America — night, after night, after night,” Kelly said. “Apparently she was just too retarded to pay attention.”

Speaking of Reid’s racially charged segment, the former Fox News firefighter said, “The fact that NBC and MSNBC will allow this is an absolute disgrace.”

Current Fox commentators were also quick to criticize Reid and Comcast-owned NBC for the cheeky bulletin, which sees “Fox & Friends First” hosts Carley Shimkus and Todd Piro and collaborator Joe Concha explaining Reid and NBC’s motives behind question the tirade.

“How dangerous and counterproductive are such views right now?” Piro, 43, asked Concha during a Wednesday morning broadcast of the news program, after watching excerpts of Reid’s comments.

“And yet, Todd,” former Hill journalist Concha told NBC brass leaves this kind of divisive, so-called ‘content’ in the air every night.’

Current Fox commentators were also quick to criticize Reid and Comcast-owned NBC for the brutal bulletin, with “Fox & Friends First” hosts Carley Shimkus and Todd Piro and collaborator Joe Concha explaining Reid and NBC’s motives behind question the tirade.

Concha, 52, went on to list other examples of Reid using her platform to express her own beliefs.

By the way, this is the same person who called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom” on the broadcast,” Concha said, referring to a November 2020 case when Reid called Thomas “Uncle Clarence” after claiming the African-American lawyer was in the pocket of then-President Trump during the much-discussed elections of 2020.

Concha continued: “The same person who said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is in favor of Covid child deaths in his state.

“The same person who said white supremacists chose Glenn Youngkin and Winsome Sears, whom I last checked, is black, in Virginia — a state that Joe Biden won by double digits,” Concha continued, referring to the winning gubernatorial bids of the Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Southeastern State earlier this year.

During the Wednesday segment, Concha wondered how NBC Brass was letting Reid’s “splitting, so-called ‘content’ air every night.”

“I could go on, but we’ve got limited time here,” Concha said, after listing Reid’s previous on-air violations.

It’s no surprise that while women and children and innocent people across Ukraine are being systematically targeted and murdered by a traitorous Vladimir Putin and his troops, Joy Reid claims the media is racist — which I suspect NBC News is also covering war pretty heavily, just like everyone else,’ the journalist continued.

“I think that makes them racist.”

Concha then asked aloud how the owner of Reid’s network, Comcast, allows such content on their airwaves, citing that Reid’s show is “a distant third in a three-horse race in cable news,” noting that it is “about a – third Jesse Waters’ audience on this network.’

“But nothing will happen to her, because that would take a few grams of courage to sell someone who does, or tell someone who isn’t interested in informing people that maybe this needs to go.” said Concha.

“That this is irresponsible and reckless — but it’s not going to happen, and she’ll keep getting promoted and failing to the top in the process.”

“It’s also just wrong,” Shimkus, 35, said in response to Concha’s comments.

“This is a story about 44 million innocent people being attacked by a man, a person, with nuclear weapons, living in a sovereign nation.

“It has nothing to do with race,” the anchor said. ‘Divisive comments’ [are] unhelpful.’

African-American civil rights attorney and frequent Fox associate Leo Terrell also weighed in on the controversy Tuesday, in the form of a tweet, ahead of an appearance on Hannity Tonight, where he discussed the lack of fallout Reid faced for her comments. .

Why does #MSNBC allow #JoyReid air-time. Does the race card protect her?’ Terrell, 67, wrote.

Social media spectators also weighed in on Reid’s provocative comments.

“Ukraine is being invaded by Russia, and you’re talking about how another population is the aggrieved party. Nice. If you don’t understand why this is different, I would say that other journalists are better qualified than you. If you can’t see Russia taking back the Soviet era by force,” a social media user said of the host.

Another said: ‘I stopped watching your show because you find racism in every story, which feels more like your personal expression than reporting what’s happening. Ukraine is about tenacious people who bravely fight for democracy.’

The war in Ukraine entered its 15th day on Wednesday.  The UN has so far recorded at least 752 civilian casualties across the country since the invasion began, with 227 dead and 525 injured, including dozens of children

The war in Ukraine entered its 15th day on Wednesday.  The UN has so far recorded at least 752 civilian casualties across the country since the invasion began, with 227 dead and 525 injured, including dozens of children

The war in Ukraine entered its 15th day on Wednesday. The UN has so far registered at least 752 civilian casualties across the country since the invasion began, with 227 dead and 525 injured, including dozens of children

Meanwhile, as the war in Ukraine intensifies and spreads to multiple cities, casualties in the conflict are mounting.

The UN has so far registered at least 752 civilian casualties across the country since the invasion began, with 227 dead and 525 injured, including dozens of children.

Those figures, calculated as of Monday, have likely grown as conflict has escalated in more cities and towns in the war-torn country.

On Wednesday, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the conflict.

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