MSNBC has announced Joy Ann Reid, a long-time contributor to the network, will be getting her own show starting later this month. Reid says The Reid Report won’t be “an hour of why Republicans suck.”

The fact that Reid felt the need to make that statement provides insight into how she thinks people may perceive not only MSNBC, but her upcoming show.

“Everyone here (at MSNBC) has a different, unique perspective, they’re all really smart, and they’re all interesting people that you want to hear talk.” 

Reid identifies race as a central issue in politics, and adds that “there’s a zeal, on the right, to be able to call someone a racist, and it’s almost an emotional release. It’s a strategy to silence people.”

There’s a zeal on the right to call someone a racist? C’mon, Joy! Chris Matthews can’t go a day without calling Republicans racist. Have you never watched his show? Anyway, she continued:

I’m not on there to do an hour of why Republicans suck, I don’t think I have to do that, I think what MSNBC does really well is to have a really smart conversation both with the left, and the right. We may not get that right all the time, but I don’t know a mean-spirited person in this building.”

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