I have always sensed that Chris Hayes was more centrist than a typical Nation progressive, and marveled at his ascendancy within mainstream media’s punditry. Looks like Chris crossed the secret but official line, however, when he spoke up for the freedom to voice anti-war views on NBC’s Memorial Day broadcast.
Like snarling little whippets, NBC’s so-called “liberal pundits” Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Nancy Snyderman called Hayes a “weenie” and forced him to apologize.
The awful truth is that the mainstream media, including NBC, misled the American public into supporting the Iraq War and hired numerous military and intelligence experts to give the nightly narration to anxious Americans. To my knowledge, not a single organ of the mainstream media ever had the guts to advocate getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, where 6,469 Americans troops and an additional 2,852 contractors have lost their lives.
I hope there is an enormous guilt in the mainstream media and among our leading policy-makers for this moral and analytical default, which has led to so many needless deaths. If there is no way to remember that as part of Memorial Day, we are bound to continue our blindness. As Cindy Sheehan tried to ask President Bush almost a decade ago, “What noble purpose did my son Casey die for?” We still await an answer.
Demonizing someone like Chris Hayes suggests a cowardly fear among some of being held accountable for their silence.