MSNBC's Joy Reid is tired of the media's endless criticism of Hillary Clinton.
After CNN's Dylan Byers blasted Clinton in a tweet on Wednesday, saying: "The Hillary Clinton 'I-take-full-responsibility-but-here-are-all-the-other-reasons-I-lost' tour continues to be intrinsically problematic," Reid had had it.
Early Thursday morning, she tweeted a rant explaining just how absurd the media's expectations of Clinton really are:
The idea that Russian propaganda spread through the US social media ecosystem played no role is absurd.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 14, 2017
And the idea that the candidate who got more votes and yet didn't become president can only write about it if she ignores all that is crazy.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 14, 2017
In Reid's opinion, the media expects a lot more from Clinton than they do of other politicians:
Is there anyone else in public life who a large portion of political media so wants to cow and force to bow and scrape? Jesus.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 14, 2017
The "Clinton rules" that Reid brings up are a reference to a 2015 Vox article written by Jonathan Allen, in which he explained just how differently Hillary Clinton is treated by the media than other politicians.
Most of the rules boil down to one common factor: that Clinton is guilty until proven innocent.
No matter how seemingly-innocuous the scandal, Clinton is given the full conspiracy treatment by the mainstream media.
The article even asserts that "the Clintons have been under investigation for about 25 years now," and explains that "the Clinton rules are driven by reporters' and editors' desire to score the ultimate prize in contemporary journalism: the scoop that brings down Hillary Clinton and her family's political empire. At least in that way, Republicans and the media have a common interest."
There were many on Twitter who agreed with Reid:
Odd how all these journalists talk abt Russian interference in election yet when Clinton says it they are suddenly blind— Bungalow BILL (@BungalowBILLcom) September 14, 2017
I ask that question often. It affected Her! But they ignore that detail. WTH? They were complicit and know it. Shame!— Lee Anna (@laladove) September 14, 2017
Indeed. Make the woman who has given her life to public service and who won the popular vote just "go away" That's the man saying "meatloaf"— nancy hayes pope (@HayesPope) September 14, 2017
Trump should not have run. He knows his negatives. He knows people don't like him. Add in Russia. His treason was predictable.— J Brokaw (@Julesitter) September 14, 2017
"wasn't popular." She got almost 3 mill more votes. Plus, there's a huge chance she "lost" becaz of Russian hacking. So didn't actually lose— AuthorLoriBrighton (@Lori_Brighton) September 14, 2017
In the end, a few people tried to come for Reid, but she shut them down:
Receipts. Produce them. We did ZERO coverage of "emailgate" on my show and when asked about it as a guest I declared it a non-story.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 14, 2017
Right. Malcolm warned us not to trust anything that came from those hacks so we refused to use them (or anything Wikileaks) on my show.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 14, 2017