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Joy Reid recently got a promotion at MSNBC where she’ll soon have a nightly show instead of the weekend show she has had for the past couple years. It looks like it’s going to be a rocky start to her new job. A libel case filed against her by a woman named Roslyn La Liberte was just revived by the 2nd Circuilt Court of Appeals. The whole case revolves around this photo.
That’s Roslyn La Liberte in the MAGA hat. The photo was taken at a city council meeting in Simi Valley, California on June 25, 2018. The topic of discussion that night was Senate Bill 54 which would limit the ability of local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE. The photo was posted on Twitter along with the caption: “‘You are going to be the first deported’ [and] ‘dirty Mexican’ [w]ere some of the things they yelled they yelled [sic] at this 14 year old boy. He was defending immigrants at a rally and was shouted down. Spread this far and wide this woman needs to be put on blast.”
Joy Reid retweeted it on June 29, the day after it was posted. And if she had stopped there, that might have been the end of the story. But later the same day she posted the photo on her Instagram account and changed the caption:
He showed up to a rally to defend immigrants . . . . She showed up too, in her MAGA hat, and screamed, “You are going to be the first deported” . . . “dirty Mexican!” He is 14 years old. She is an adult. Make the picture black and white and it could be the 1950s and the desegregation of a school. Hate is real, y’all. It hasn’t even really gone away.
The difference is subtle, but whereas the original caption said “they” yelled at the Mexican 14-year-old, Reid’s caption clearly says “she” (meaning La Liberte) had made those comments. The problem is that according to both La Liberte and the 14-year-old pictured in the photo, she didn’t say those things. In fact, in an interview the 14-year-old said La Liberte had tried to keep things “civil.” Fox 11 in Los Angeles interviewed them both after the photo blew up online.
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