Why Didn’t Roseanne Think of This?
Roseanne is blaming the mind-effecting drug Ambien for her tweets. She should’ve tried Joy Ann Reid’s excuse instead. Last month, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid was roasted by the left after an old blog by the host was found to have contained “anti-gay” material. Instead of owning up to the posts, or saying that she’s changed her mind, Red claimed that she was a victim of hacking.
A while back, Roseanne Barr tweeted racist comments about a member of the Obama administration and attacked Chelsea Clinton. Her television show was cancelled by ABC within hours, and she has since apologized for the tweets blaming a drug interfering with her impulse control, but the damage was done.
The Reid Report Blog
Joy Ann Reid ran a self-named blog from 2005 to 2007 and some of her posts were anti-gay in a way that were acceptable then, but grounds for being thrown out of the left today.
On her blog, Reid wrote about political figures that she assumed were secretly gay, and described herself as “probably” homophobic. In 2005, an appeals court in Indiana upheld the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and both Kansas and Texas voted to amend their state constitutions to define marriage as one man and one woman.
Progressive bastion Oregon saw a ruling the same year that 3,000 same-sex marriages performed in 2004 were not valid, and California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoes a bill that would’ve allowed same-sex marriage. More states would follow in 2006 and 2007 approving state amendments defining marriage as one man and one woman.
So, Reid wasn’t out of step with the rest of the country, or even the rest of the Democrat party. But, it’s 2018 and she must be made to pay.
Joy Ann Reid Gets Caught
On April 23rd, after the posts were brought to light, Reid claimed that her blog had been hacked. She was a victim of a smear campaign, and she cited a “cyber-security expert” who she says “identified the unauthorized activity.”
In a statement that has completely prevented her from being fired, Reid said:
“Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups.”
But, as media outlets kept the blog posts in the news, MSNBC released letters from Reid’s attorneys and from her security consultant, with all three players claiming to have evidence of a hack. By April 25th, MSNBC said that they would wait for law enforcement to investigate the issue before making a decision. One of Reid’s attorneys announced the investigation, but MSNBC hasn’t said a thing since.
For the sake of Reid not launching a false investigation using police resources, I hope that her people are just lying. But in the long run, that’s not a good look either.
What Is Ambien?
Roseanne later tweeted that she was taking the drug Ambien at the time she was tweeting, which caused her to write things that she didn’t mean.
The drug Ambien was introduced in 1990 and designed as a sleep medication. But, taking a higher dosage (or being female and not being prescribed the appropriately low dose) can cause the drug to remain in the system the day after, with the FDA warning about “next-morning” impairment.
When taking the drug for non-medical uses, side effects can include:
- Slow response times
- Impaired judgement
According to American Addiction Centers,
“At its introduction, Ambien was touted as a safe short-term sleep aid, lacking the risks of narcotic sedatives. But now that Ambien has been available to the public for over 20 years, the more serious side effects of this medication have come to light.”
And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people taking Ambien to the point of intoxication may experience a sedative effect for upwards of 16 hours after last taking the drug. This effect is intensified with alcohol and painkillers.
So perhaps if Roseanne was taking Ambien — and if she wasn’t taking the correct dose — she really does have a good excuse.
But not as good as Joy Ann Reid’s.