This is Rich: MSNBC's Joy Reid & Guest Ponder Trump's Mental Health, Logic, and Rationale

Posted: Jun 10, 2018 8:45 AM
This is Rich: MSNBC's Joy Reid & Guest Ponder Trump's Mental Health, Logic, and Rationale

Sometimes people lack such self-awareness it really is an enigma of the mind to observe. 

For example, yesterday on MSNBC's "AM Joy with Joy Reid," guest and CNBC correspondent John Harwood questioned whether President Donald Trump's mental health was sufficient after the president's G7 press conference. Harwood, a Duke graduate, does not have a doctoral degree in psychology or any other medical profession. Nonetheless, Harwood felt it his duty to voice his concern. (Via RealClearPolitics

HARWOOD: I got to say that the upshot about this press conference was about tariffs. I'll be honest as a citizen: I'm concerned about the president's state of mind. He did not look well to me in that press conference. He was not speaking logically or rationally. It sounded as if he was making stuff up, saying China told me nobody's ever talked to us, saying, 'Oh, I talked to Justin Trudeau and can't believe he was getting away with so much trade stuff.'

I don't think those things are true. And he -- there was something about his affect which was oddly kind of languid for him. I don't know what it means but he did not look well to me. (emphasis added)

Joy Reid affirmed these comments with guest Malcolm Nance moments later. (Via Daily Caller

“Very little of what he was saying made a lot of sense,” Joy Reid confirmed.

“Well John has hit the nail on the head,” Malcom Nance said. “I think he came off like an idiot today. I was almost shocked at the way that he spoke.”

Comedian Norm MacDonald, while somewhat crass, has an excellent idea about the perfect joke. In MacDonald's mind it is one where the set up is nearly the exact same as the punchline. Here's a brief clip highlighting this idea (warning - mildly inappropriate): 

That seems to fit here. "Joy Reid discusses mental health, logic, and rationale which is possibly the first time Joy Reid has ever discussed mental health, logic, and rationale." 

Why is this all so bemusing? Reid is the same person was caught promoting homophobic remarks, 9/11 conspiracy theories, and many more controversial statements on an old blog post. But, it was not necessarily the statements that indicate a lack of sound reasoning. Her subsequent explanation of her writings made her devoid of credibility. 

Reid first apologized for these remarks saying she was a changed person since those days. Then she said that she was hacked. Then she acknowledged that these were her writings. Then she said that she did not remember writing such remarks. She even got the FBI involved in all of this to see if she was hacked. 

She apologized for lies, but ultimately wasted a lot of time and the FBI's time for a hoax. MSNBC never held her to task and neither did many of her fellow mainstream liberal media pundits. To this day, it is unclear if Reid is genuinely sorry. It is as if all of MSNBC and their likeminded thinkers were okay with lie after lie and taking advantage of her viewers trust. 

To borrow a few words from Harwood, I'm concerned about the folks at MSNBC's state of mind. They do not look well to me during their shows. They do not speak logically or rationally and seem to be making stuff up.