MSNBC Host Backpedals After Insulting Veterans On Memorial Day Weekend

MSNBC Host Chris Hayes is “uncomfortable” calling our fallen military men and women “heroes,” but after the blogosphere torn him to shreds, he decided to issue an apology for his rather unpatriotic¬† opinion.

Hayes states:

As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots. Of course, that is true of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s citizens as a whole. One of the points made during Sunday’s show was just how removed most Americans are from the wars we fight, how small a percentage of our population is asked to shoulder the entire burden and how easy it becomes to never read the names of those who are wounded and fight and die, to not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues.

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. And for that I am truly sorry.

View his original statement here:

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  1. al in cal says:

    Maybe this putz should just quit while he is behind. His “Apology” was not an apology at all. All the schmuck did was to again play the pseudo intellectual who considers himself by far smarter than real people who understand the sacrifice our soldiers, sailors, and Marines make every day both during their tours of duty and after id. Anyone who watches MSNBC and believes what they espouse are brain dead.

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