by Yvette Carnell
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry lasted longer than most other Negro whisperers at the network. Not realizing she’d been brought onboard specifically to interpret Obama to white people, as well as placate blacks, Harris-Perry was fit to be tied when the network began fading her to black–pun intended.
Now Mediaite is reporting that Joy-Ann Reid is in negotiations to take Harris-Perry’s spot. This, of course, could be a total lie, considering that the media website also reported that Harris-Perry was joining Fusion, a report denied by the former host.
In an appearance on The View Harris-Perry said taking her show off the air would have racial “implications”.
“It’s just an empirical reality,” she said. “Taking this show off the air, even if you put me individually back on as a host meant that the folks who sat at our table, whether they were transgender, women of color, Latino Republicans, they just weren’t going to be there anymore…”
Maybe MSNBC is looking to quiet criticism about diversity by giving Joy-Ann Reid a shot. Still, why would the network take a chance on Reid after her show The Reid Report was canceled?
Unlike Harris-Perry, who made a mess of things, Reid soldiered on with the network without causing a spectacle after her show was canceled. Maybe the network will reward her for being a team player. Who knows? More importantly, who cares?