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MSNBC Host Says Soldiers Are Not Heroes

May 30, 2012 by  

MSNBC Host Says Soldiers Are Not Heroes
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Chris Hayes said he was “uncomfortable” referring to soldiers as heroes.

Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “Up,” apologized after making disparaging remarks about fallen soldiers.

As families prepared to remember their loved ones on Memorial Day, Hayes expressed contempt for the word “hero.”

On Sunday, Hayes said he was uncomfortable with using the word “hero” to describe members of the armed forces who died for the United States. Hayes expressed concern over the word, suggesting that it promotes positive feelings about war.

 

 

Hayes later issued an apology for the comment:

On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word “hero” to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself. I am deeply sorry for that.

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.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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