Chris Hayes, who host’s MSNBC’s weekend morning show, ‘Up’ has been left having to apologize for comments he made this Sunday about referring to fallen solders as “heroes.”
Hayes had been conducting an interview with Lt. Col. Steve Beck, whose job it once was to inform family members and loved ones of a death of a soldier in combat, when Hayes decided to comment on his dislike of using the term “hero” to describe a fallen soldier.
“I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” Hayes said. “I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, 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.”
Though it seemed Hayes had tried to explain why he was uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers, “heroes,” he immediately started receiving criticism for it, and took to his blog to issue an apology on Monday.
“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,” Hayes wrote.