Joy-Ann ("Joy") Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998, including for NBC News affiliate WTVJ and Fox station WSVN. She has written columns for the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Salon.com and the South Florida Times. As a radio personality, Ms. Reid has interviewed national media and political figures, including Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson, Russell Simmons, former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, and then-Senator and then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
During the 2004 presidential election, Reid served as Florida deputy communications director for the Democratic-leaning 527 America Coming Together. In 2008, she served as a press aide to then-Senator Barack Obama's Florida campaign.
Ms. Reid is the managing partner of IMAGELAB, LLC, a video production, graphic design and communications firm. She is producing a television documentary, "The Fight Years," which chronicles the history of boxing in Miami.
Ms. Reid is a 1991 graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in visual arts with a concentration in film, and a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She has appeared as a political commentator on radio and television, including Miami PBS affiliate WPBT Channel 2, WTVJ (NBC 6), Britain's Sky News and Miami radio stations Hot 105 and 103.5 The Beat.
She blogs daily at reidreport.com.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one thing is clear: We are living in an age of strange and persistent cruelty, and our politics is making things worse.
When I was a kid, my older sister, my little brother and I called 911 one evening after my mom failed to return home on time from her teaching job in Greeley, Colo., about a two-hour drive from where we lived in a mostly black suburb of Denver. (Apparently you can’t file a missing-persons report for a grownup who’s a few hours late coming home, even if you are a scared kid.)
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
As the media crisis over Obamacare unfolded and untold thousands of Americans were unable to log onto Healthcare.gov — and more important, potentially hundreds of reporters were unable to pretend to sign up for healthcare — a bizarre routine took hold in Washington.
Anyone who thinks the end of the government shutdown showdown spells relief for John Boehner or the country hasn’t been paying attention.
On the first full day of the government shutdown, Rush Limbaugh, the one true leader of the Republican Party, took to his “golden microphone” to declare that bringing hundreds of federal agencies to a screeching halt, threatening the economy with the loss of $300 million a day in lost revenue, and cashiering 800,000 federal employees was not so bad. Why? Because in Rush’s words, “Barack Obama’s base” will be having a “fine day” because they’ll still get their “welfare checks.”
Pop quiz: What is the Affordable Care Act? If you answered: “a violent assault on not just the Constitution, but on liberty itself, and a sign of the abject evil that inhabits the Obama administration,” you’re probably a Republican. If you answered: “The signal achievement of President Barack Obama and a historic expansion of healthcare access that will literally save lives,” I’m guessing you’re a Democrat. However you answered, I’ll bet you can’t explain, in any detail, what’s actually in the ACA. That’s partly the result of a basic failure to communicate on the part of the administration and congressional Democrats.