Last June, neoconservative media outlet Independent Journal Review (IJR) reported on MSNBC’s Joy Reid sourcing Anime Right News back in the summer of 2017, following the exposure of her old blog posts. Journalist Caleb Hull was hot on the trail, before it was also picked up by Townhall, and Twitchy—where it had originated.
On July 12, 2017, MSNBC host Joy Reid shared a conspiracy theory on Twitter about Jared Kushner and his relationship with the Trump administration and a company called Genie Energy.
It was all true—as was her Tweet.
Although some of Reid's blog posts from the past were about topics such as 9/11, John McCain, or Wolf Blitzer, this was more recent. It was also a point of contention due to both Reid and MSNBC apologizing—but having to make no mention of her sourcing Anime Right News in 2017.
This despite right-wing pundits being commonly fired for similar controversies.
NBC declined to comment on the matter and Reid did not get back to IJR by the time of publication.
I wonder how this conversation went?
Of course, it was all just a ruse, to bring more attention to Genie Energy's involvement in the presidential transition and the White House: an energy corporation that was exploiting Syrian territory when U.S. President Donald Trump bombed the country.
We told IJR about the story on purpose.
At the time of Reid's Tweet, although we too found it amusing, we did appreciate MSNBC bringing attention to a legitimate issue. It was in fact the people berating her over using this site, that likely led to the completely avoidable deaths of Russians in Syria in January of 2018, and further U.S.-led escalations in April of 2018.
Journalists like Yashar Ali, who Reid said "warned her" about this site, have failed to disclose to the public the discrepancies presented by Genie Energy's involvement in the White House and how it relates to U.S. military action.
It also showcases the ease at which pro-Israel angles can be distributed to media to suppress pertinent information, despite some of these same people that went after Reid, having also been quite obsessed with Trump.
IJR is a site that is rather close to National Security Adviser John Bolton, they helped him setup his first Periscope videos in 2015, and he has their logo stuck to the back of his laptop. They also promoted and represented Bolton at an early Republican sponsorship in New Hampshire.
IJR interviewed Bolton about the Iran nuclear deal as well.
Bolton still follows IJR on Twitter.
Reid sourcing Anime Right News did cause some of her more notable supporters to denounce her and reject her apology including MadDogPAC.
Joy Reid still works at MSNBC, but let's be honest, she did nothing wrong.