MSNBC pundit ‘deeply sorry’ for saying he’s uncomfortable calling dead soldiers ‘heroes’

Conservative bloggers ripped host Chris Hayes to shreds for his comments. What do you think of his follow-up apology?

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During his MSNBC show “Up” on Sunday, Hayes said he’s “uncomfortable” with the word “hero,” specifically when using it to describe soldiers killed in wars.

“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.’ Why do I feel so [uncomfortable] about the word ‘hero’? I feel comfortable—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.”

The remarks (which the guests on his show generally agreed with) sparked a fiery and visceral reaction from conservative bloggers.

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