MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Is A Drudgebag

From our Two Different Worlds desk:

MSNBC dweeb Chris Hayes set off a spitstorm when he made these comments (via Drudge) on his weekend cable show (video here):

CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow.  Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke, who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible].  Um, I, I, ah, [Steve] Beck, sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”?  I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, 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. But maybe I’m wrong about that.

Ya think?

The conservative blogosphere certainly does.

The liberal blogosphere not so much.

Regardless, Hayes has issued the entirely predictable apology.

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5 Responses to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Is A Drudgebag

  1. Laurence Glavin says:

    There’s a more “civilian” overuse of the word “hero” with regard to firefighters. True, they run TOWARD fires while others are fleeing them. But around here at least, come “sweeps period” some television station is likely to show hidden-camera footage of a former firefighter who may have legitimately incurred an injury but now has a lifetime disability pension while going to some other job or indulging in some activity that requires reasonable health. What Chris Hayes did was employ industrial-strength “nuance” (sort of like the character on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” who employed sarcasm), something that often happens on MSNBC. I regret that he apologized: I regret that Lawrence O’Donnell apologized for making truthful comments about the Mormon belief system. And I think David Schuster was right about the use of Chelsea Clinton as a prop during Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign.

  2. Alan Grossberg says:

    “I regret that he apologized: I regret that Lawrence O’Donnell apologized for making truthful comments about the Mormon belief system. And I think David Schuster was right about the use of Chelsea Clinton as a prop during Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign.”

    I’ll second that, and add other examples of a larger truth being obscured by awkward/clumsy delivery and/or shoddy fact-checking: 1) The Dan Rather flap over Bush’s military service, which led to his early retirement from CBS; 2) Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney’s work experience.

  3. I suppose more readers is a good thing for the HWS.

  4. CAvard says:

    USC Annenberg School of Journalism Prof Marc Cooper said it was “really unseemly for [Hayes] to intellectualize this in such a fart-sniffing manner.”

    Boom goes the dynamite.

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