Liberal pundit Chris Hayes created quite a stir over the Memorial Day weekend when he said this on MSNBC:
I feel uncomfortable about the word hero 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, 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.
THIS BLOG POST by Ed Kilgore deals with the controversy over what Hayes said. And the comments at the end of Kilgore’s post are especially worthwhile.
UPDATE: Hayes has APOLOGIZED for his remarks.