On Monday, Fox News reported that the VFW, a top veterans organization, seeks an “immediate and unequivocal apology” for comments made by MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Sunday.
“I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word [heroes] because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” Hayes stammered on Sunday.
“Chris Hayes’ recent remarks on MSNBC regarding our fallen service members are reprehensible and disgusting,” VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer told Fox News.
“His words reflect his obvious disregard for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price while defending our nation. His insipid statement is particularly callous because it comes at a time when our entire nation pauses to reflect and honor the memory of our nations’ fallen heroes,” he added.
On Sunday, Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis had even stronger words for Hayes.
“If Mr. Hayes feels uncomfortable, I suggest he enlist, go to war, then come home to what he expects is a grateful nation but encounters the opposite. It’s far too easy to cast stones from inexperience,” he told the Daily Caller.
DeNoyer called Hayes’ comments “devastating” for those grieving loved ones.
“Such an ignorant and uncaring and blatant disregard for people’s deep feelings are indefensible, and that is why the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States demand that Mr. Hayes and MSNBC provides an immediate and unequivocal apology,” he said.
Hayes tried to temper his comments on Sunday by saying that he didn’t “want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen,” but the veterans group isn’t buying it.
The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper noted that Hayes “hasn’t apologized and seems to stand by what he said.”
A post at Twitchy reported that the incident has sparked a new hashtag, #MSNBCheroes, adding:
“Leave it to Twitter to teach someone a much-needed lesson. Media accountability, baby! Hayes made the mistake, in a fit of deplorable moral relativism, of saying out loud what the Left thinks and believes. At least admit it, MSNBC.”
Update: Chris Hayes offers apology for comment. More here.
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