Why isn’t MSNBC proud?

The progressive cable network have been scratching their heads over who should fill the 7 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Chris Matthews. Matthews exited acrimoniously following claims he was out of touch with their viewership and made several off-color remarks to female guests and staff. You might think, therefore, that MSNBC would be opting for an uncontroversial successor.

But if the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, you would be wrong: apparently the network is lining up Joy Reid.

According to the Journal, ‘Talks over Ms Reid’s appointment are still ongoing and an agreement isn’t a certainty, one person close to the situation said.’

Given the recent racial unrest in America, you can see why the politically correct higher-ups at MSNBC may think that a black woman is the right hire. But, Cockburn asks, would it really be fair to the network’s gay viewers to appoint someone with such a lengthy history of homophobic remarks? During Pride month, no less!