Chris Hayes Apologizes For Criticism of Calling Fallen Soldiers "Heroes"

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes sparked major controversy and debate when he said that he felt uncomfortable using the word "hero" for members of the U.S. military.

Hayes' point was that the word is inadvertently used to start more potentially unjust wars - not unreasonable - but now says his own word choice was poor.

After speaking with a former Marine whose job it was to notify families of the death of soldiers, he said that while he means no disrespect to those who serve us all, the word "seems to be rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war."

Hayes also said that, on the flip side, it is "noble" to join the military.

While a "liberal caricature" like himself would not truly understand "submitting so totally to what the electorate or people in power are going to decide about using your body," Hayes conceded, he saw valor in it.

Nevertheless, Hayes' words, on Memorial Day of all days, caused a predictable furor with some. He issued a statement Monday apologizing for his comments:

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.


It must be a prerequisite to work for MSNBC, To be a moron. Hayes, you fit that to a "T." Get rid of the liberal media, the liberal politicians, let America, be strong, feared, and respected, once again. Tell Obama, communism dodn't work in Russia, it's not going to work here, no matter what the liberals say. Vote for Romney.


I 2nd that! Draft the Liberals and put a diaper on them with a Rifle in their hand! Only then will they have something to Bitch about.


Ohhh Yeah! The Liberals have once again backed themselves in a corner! All this Civil Rights talk! All this Freedom Talk! Let's defend the Gays and the unfortunate! LIBERALS SAY- - We stopped the War and our " LIBERAL PRIDE" can't seem to help the Children dying in worn torn Syria simply because it goes against OBAMAS game plan on the campaign trail! Oh Yeah- Another Liberal Armchair warrior talking the talk about Human lives but his " Nutsack" is in his hand! WHO WE GONNA BLAME NOW! OUR SOLIDERS- on their worst day are HEROES! AMERICA don't lay Flags on Caskets for Cowards ESPECIALLY NBC COWARDS! WE HAVE TURNED THIS COUNTRY OVER TO LOSERS WHO HAS TO CHECK THE POLL NUMBERS BEFORE MAKING A HUMAN RIGHTS DECISION! A Disgrace!


I think the best thing he could ever do is SHUT-UP about our men and women who lose their lives for all of us and they were sent to a war they didn't go just because they went to keep us free.


Another fine example of the radical left! Let me tell ya, something--the drums of war are being hinted at again in Syria. That the US will get involved. Yeah. And last I checked? Obama is still President--hmmmm--maybe the lib-turds better be raggin' the Prez instead of our men and women in uniform. If it gets bad for Obama in this race--look for him to start a war in hopes it'll keep him office because statistically folks don't like to change Presidents in wartime. That will mean that Chrissy here and so many liberals could be drafted for war. If that happens I hope they see that along with so many before them Obama is throwin' them under the bus to win another meal ticket for 4 more years. Whoa! Think about it!


To glorify unjust wars by extolling the soldiers who willingly participated in the ensuing slaughter is dishonesty of the first water. We enter into these wars for anything but morality or concern of the invaded people, and our returning soldiers are heroes? Exactly what was protected other the the profits of the 1%? Sorry, have your awards, flags, memorials, grandstand speeches. Enjoy - have a red hot and a beer- but someday when you dare lift the lid off of this sanctimonious BS (try reading a book for starters) you look in a mirror with horror having dropped bombs, assisted death squads, destroyed life and culture centuries old and harmonious. America is vulgar arrogant shallow and fascist .


This Country loves to think of itself as so open minded. It loves to blame the Generation before or the Administration before. We cannot celebrate our vets return home because we are to busy fighting for Gay Marriage. We cannot reach and help our Soliders because the funds need to go to Food Stamp fraud. The only technology that is worth it's weight is a Lie Detector and it should be wired to Obama and Romney each time they speak. We as a country are loyal to currency. We allow Trash Reality Shows to babysit our kids. What a fix! This bed is what we have made.


Being involved in slaughters in other countries is not directly related to the lack of taking care of our own citizens. Just as the thought of going to war over oil is not true. This Country has not benifited from the Iraq War as a result of oil. We cannot police the world nor can we let terrorism rule the rest of the world and pretend it won't happen to us. It's best to fight it on a foreign front. As Margaret Thatcher once said- we cannot tolerate Terrorism not matter where it is. This Country has let its politicians dictate to us what it shall allow us to have even though they are employed by the Taxpayer. This Country does not know how to think for itself anymore and this Countries Citizens have allowed the Laws to take away our own Freedom in a lame attempt to protect the Freedom of EVERYONE! There is no Dialog in this Country. Therefore there is not a solution.


Pally i'm worried about my country and no one else's. It's liberals that have put us in the situation that we are now. I don't worry about other countries it's not my concern. In this economy these soldiers and even yourself have an 79% chance of being homeless in 3 years. There is helping and there is sacrificing yourself. And we are sacrificing ourselves for other countries. Elderly being kicked of health insurance, children packed in classrooms some classrooms reaching 65 students because schools are closing. Deaths are up 7% because hospitals are closing and it takes longer to get the patients to hospitals. Firehouses closing, police stations closing aren't they open to protect us? Because we're worrying about other countries putting our money into them we are a dying country.


Why don't you ex military, military, and military suck ups relax. Didn't these supposed hero's fight for freedom which in case you all don't know includes freedom of speech. The man has an opinion, oh no the world just blew the f**k up. He is an Osama loyalist. While I don't agree with marine Corpse of course ( In self defense it is just ) many Americans were killed and if something wasn't done more would've died. So corpse a hero protects and that is what the military does. It's the government that makes the choices Now I believe the U.S needs to take care of it's supposed heros and not throw them into every overseas problem that prevents itself. Then their not hero's their pawns for the governments whim. Wether the cause is just or not. It's time we let some other countries worry about handing their children, fathers, mothers and daughters into a war that doesn't concern them.