No hiding for MSNBC and Chris Hayes: Repugnant remarks spark 'MSNBC Heroes' hashtag; Update: Hayes apologizes

As Twitchy reported yesterday, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes mentally stroked himself by disgracefully saying that calling our fallen “heroes” makes him “uncomfortable.” He’s totally intellectual and sophisticated and stuff, you rubes! Oh, yeah, and morally bankrupt.

He subsequently tried to backpedal and failed, miserably.

Twitter users refuse to let MSNBC and Hayes hide from this and the hashtag #MSNBCheroes is now taking off. 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.



On his program today, Hayes issued an apology. Via HuffPo:

On Sunday, 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.

Reactions were mixed.

And then, well, there’s The Nation‘s Katrina vandenHeuvel, off in a class by herself:

Face, meet palm.

  • stuckinIL4now

    How ’bout a lookalike? To me Hayes resembles former MSNBCer Keith Horribleman–maybe that’s his hero.

  • Montag500

    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes–proof that runoff from factory farms is contaminating the water table with estrogen-like growth hormone and causing feminization of males?

    Look at his picture. He looks like a girl. I wouldn’t be comfortable around men, either, if I were MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

  • tingle007

    msnbcheroes: that guy who posts pictures of fat people on the internet riding the walmart carts subtitled “Murricah”

  • kellymac44

    I’m starting to believe that Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow are actually the same person. One has balls, the other is Chris Hayes.

  • Stanley Ann Dunham

    @stuckinIl4now: Actually, “he” looks just like Rachel Maddow in drag……

  • Terri Sweeney

    Two words “dude”… testosterone supplements

  • S.Com

    It seems to me that MSNBC doesn’t do much recruiting of their anchors… They just hire whoever won that years Harry Potter lookalike contest.

  • Hank DeCat

    As I wrote on Brietbart, I don’t like all the pseudo-intellectual explanation in there trying to justify the statement. But, at least he didn’t take the non-apology “IF I offended anyone” tack — he does actually apologize at the end. Nonetheless, he needs to apologize ON AIR or it doesn’t count, IMO.

  • Botzilla

    Is it just me or does MSNBC apologize a lot? They have to realize that when you make a living out of shilling for Obama that you would eventually get called out on your lies and propaganda.


    Don’t you love how he pulled ALL OF US into HIS mistake via this quote?:
    “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.”
    I have no “collective guilt” because I understand what our Troops are doing for us and have done for us throughout history. If anyone is “disconnect[ed]” ’tis him, Chris Hayes. He needs to leave the rest of us out of his flubbery!

  • CTsOpinion

    About the usual smarmy I’d expect from the Mancow in drag.

  • Terika

    He bleated out that rubbish expecting kudos from his fellow travelers.
    This is not an apology of sincere remorse or regret.
    It’s an after-the-fact, too little too late, CYA move
    for the gynormous backfire.

    As in, he’s not sorry he did/said it –
    He’s sorry he “got caught” !!!

  • Fred Zanfardino

    Less of an apology and more of a redirection of his attack. There is no “civilian/military divide” just a prog/military divide. That comment about his remarks perpetuating the “stereotype” of the disconnected pundit is hilarious. How can it be a stereotype when your remarks themselves show that it’s a reality?

    Also, he shouldn’t apologize for offensive comments as long as he believes them? WTH? That’s like saying a KKK member shouldn’t be apologetic about his racist views since he honestly believes them. Sorry Kurt, but your statement is dumb. He only revealed his progness openly because he slipped up.

  • Boon Companion

    Problematic Mental Stroker, Hayes, seems to rhetorically approximate a douche.

  • John Galt Report

    #MSNBCHeroes Terrorists of All Stripes & their supporters #BrettKimberlin, @BarbraStreisand, Bill Ayers, @CodePink, Soros, @DOJ @nytimes


  • Barbara Nelen

    Collective GUILT? How about Collective RESPECT for our fallen HEROES? And Chris, you simpering little twit, it has a lot more to do with than the last 10 years of war you refer to. Leave it to you and your ilk to make memorial Day just about YOUR generation. What’s your Mother’s number? I’d like to tell her what she wasted her life rearing. @chrislhayes #MSNBCHeroes