MSNBC Host Apologizes for 'Hero' Comments

MSNBC host Chris Hayes has apologized for questioning the use of the term 'hero' to describe veterans - a point he made over the Memorial Day weekend. Here are his original comments.

I feel... uncomfortable  about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. I don't want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that's fallen... But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic.

And here is the apology...

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," Hayes says in a written statement. "I am deeply sorry for that."

The president seemed to be attempting to isolate Hayes in these Memorial Day remarks at the Vietnam Memorial.

And decades from now, I hope another young American will visit this place and reach out and touch a name. And she’ll learn the story of servicemembers—people she never met, who fought a war she never knew—and in that moment of understanding and of gratitude and of grace, your legacy will endure. For you are all true heroes and you will all be remembered.