MSNBC's Joy Reid concedes 'framing' of Muslim comments 'didn't work'

MSNBC's Joy Reid concedes 'framing' of Muslim comments 'didn't work'
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MSNBC’s Joy Reid conceded Wednesday that “the way that [she] framed” a comparison of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE’s supporters to radicalized Muslims “didn’t work.”

Reid drew widespread criticism after saying Monday that the president and his allies were “radicalizing supporters” in a way comparable to “the way Muslims act.”

Critics included the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE (D-Minn.), who said “[w]e deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming.”


During her show Wednesday evening, Reid did not explicitly apologize and accused some critics of bad faith. “I asked that question on Monday, and there was a lot of conversation, particularly online after the segment aired, some of which was frankly not in good faith,” Reid said.

“But some of the conversation reflected the genuine feelings of people who have been subjected to the kind of stereotyping that I just described, and who take matters like this to heart because of it,” she added. “And we should all be sensitive to that, and I certainly should have been sensitive to that.”

Reid went on to discuss the Monday comments with Newsweek editor-at-large Naveed Jamali, a guest during the segment in question. During her discussion with Jamali she conceded her phrasing was “not exactly the most artful way of asking that question, obviously, based on the reaction” and that “the way that I framed it obviously didn’t work.”

Another guest, Dalia Mogahed, the director of research for The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, said that while Reid had historically “given Muslim voices a fair shake,” her phrasing had suggested “Muslims were inherently violent.”