WORST OF 2023: The Joy of Hate Award for Joy Reid Rants

December 27th, 2023 9:00 AM

It was a challenging task but an esteemed panel of NewsBusters editors led by MRC President L.Brent Bozell and MRC’s Vice President for Research and Publications Brent Baker boiled down all the biased outbursts from lefty hack hosts, anchors, reporters and pundits in 2023 and on December 18 announced The Brian Stelter Memorial Award for Quote of the Year.  

Of course, every year there is way too much bias for just one category. So Baker led a panel of NewsBusters editors to break down the Worst of 2023 into eight additional categories (The Craziest Analysis Award; The Damn Those Conservatives Award; The Joy of Hate Award for Joy Reid Rants; The Jihadist Journalism Award for Helping Hamas; The Damning Florida’s Dictator Award; The Praising and Protecting Old Joe Award; The Cursing the Conservative Court Award and the Celebrity Freak-Outs Award).  

Today we present the WORST OF 2023: The Joy of Hate Award for Joy Reid Rants 

Without further ado here is the winner (followed by the top runners-up):





“You can’t even say slavery was bad now in the Republican Party. That’s how far it’s gone.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, July 27.





“You have Republicans in multiple states including Florida passing and pushing laws that will allow people to hit Black Lives Matter protesters or any protesters they like with their cars….They seemed to have gotten back into lynching, hanging, all sorts of other draconian 19th-Century fare. What is going on with Republicans that they seem to be bringing back the lynching vibe?...Fascism has many features. And one of them is this sort of lust to be able to harm or kill your political opponents and it feels like across the board on the right, there is this kind of sort of lust for that, right? For we need to be able to not let our political opponents vote, but also to hurt them or worse.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidReport, April 10.


“Presidential candidate and toy-sized [Benito] Mussolini Ron DeSantis unveils his authoritarian manifesto, vowing to destroy leftism and wokeism….He’s going to need some de facto morality police to monitor what you read and ban books….You want to control your body anymore, ladies? No, Chairman — sorry, President DeSantis is going to do that. And there is a model for what he wants to do….That model also happens to have a name. And it’s called totalitarianism.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, May 30.


“Biden has lived, practically, his entire adult life in the public eye. This impeachment inquiry is Republicans trying to rewrite history because they don’t like the current reality. They’re trying to gaslight you into believing a guy who was once mocked for being one of the poorest guys in the Senate, hatched some sort of nefarious, decades-long campaign to fatten the Biden family coffers without a single journalist noticing. I mean, how could we have missed it?”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 13.