Chris Hayes back peddles from ‘troops’ comments
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” and an editor at the liberal journal The Nation, served as a vivid reminder of the contempt from the left towards the military. Hayes got into trouble for criticizing U.S. troops during a discussion of Memorial Day.
Hayes told his audience on Sunday, May 27 that he was “uncomfortable” with referring to “war dead” as “heroes.”
“I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic.’ He then added: ‘But maybe I’m wrong about that.”
The term “tone deaf” doesn’t even begin to describe how out of touch Hayes appeared on the eve of a holiday designed to honor the military’s fallen.
Hayes went from stupidity to “truly sorry” in one day, trying hard to keep a weekend news story from creeping into the weekly news cycle. On the “Up with Chris Hayes,” website he wrote:
“But in seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war.”