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. – Chris Hayes
CABLE DOESN’T ALLOW for honest rumination about anything, which is why the infotainment shows that exist across Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN, add to the cacophony of noise that misinforms our politics today. When it comes to digesting the difficulty of war and peace that goes double, as Chris Hayes found out this weekend when he was attacked for the statement above, with criticism from the right developing into a media swarm.
Chris Hayes is one of the smartest and deepest thinkers on the cable dial, with the uproar swift and total, an apology demanded by the usual suspects, who want to preen they support the U.S. Constitution, but won’t allow any discussion about war and peace that might land in an uncomfortable arena.
We can no longer disagree with one another, with the right proving their political correctness is as vicious a scourge as anything on the left.
Those landing on Hayes have every right to do so, but they don’t have the right to silence him. What we’ve learned once again, however, is the First Amendment doesn’t exist for everyone, which means it’s original intent and meaning is dead.
There are many individuals who want to work on backing our country away from “justifications for more war,” with these people having every right to say so in a discussion forum on cable, without fearing reprisal or being threatened with the loss of their job, or humiliated for expressing an opinion on the way to fostering debate.
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter took to Twitter to give her assessment of the MSNBC host’s comment. “Chris Hayes ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’ — Marines respond by protecting his right to menstruate,” she tweeted. [Politico]
The First Amendment isn’t what it used to be. Our media remains hostage to the flash mob, especially on cable, where thinking and taking on difficult issues from a wholly different aspect, which makes some people queasy, is seen as a rhetorical crime.
This episode with Hayes makes me more convinced that we’re doomed if people don’t wake up and defend the First Amendment, whether it’s Bill Maher, Rush Limbaugh or Chris Hayes who’s speaking.
No one from any side has clean hands on this one. I’ve lambasted Rush Limbaugh, but never called for an end to his livelihood, like feminists have done, as well as Democrats.
When is someone going to stand up for themselves, their media employer backing him or her, and defend the First Amendment, instead of caving to the mob?
Bluntness is rarely rewarded and neither is speaking a controversial thought.
Edward R. Murrow wouldn’t be allowed to exist today.