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MSNBC host Joy Reid warns viewers before a clip involving ‘Redskins’


Here’s something I’ve never seen before: a television anchor warning viewers about language before a clip in which the word “Redskins” was said.

This video — prepared by conservative news site Townhall — shows two clips of Joy Reid, the host of MSNBC’s Reid Report, during coverage of Wednesday’s trademark cancellation news.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today that it’s canceling the trademark registration of Washington D.C.’s professional football team,” Reid began. “Team owner Daniel Snyder maintains that the name of the team — a racial slur that I won’t say here — is meant to be respectful of Native American heritage and football tradition.”

Later, Reid brought Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on, and was getting ready to show a clip of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

“Senator Harry Reid made actually an interesting case on the floor of the Senate,” Joy Reid said. “And I’ll just warn people, he does use the name of the team, so I’m just going to warn you guys about that in advance.”

Newsbusters, Mediate and Townhall all wrote about Joy Reid’s decision, while pointing out other words that have been said on MSNBC.

More From The Post:

Al Michaels says name debate ‘is nuts’

Jeff Bostic calls for ‘common sense’

Champ Bailey comes out against Redskins name

Dan Rather: Redskins name should not change

Howard Stern tells Daniel Snyder to have a heart


Redskins Park in January. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)
Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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