Maybe NBC News shouldn’t report on the military anymore.
As the network remains embroiled in the Brian Williams controversy over the anchor lying about his experience in Iraq, former military personnel have now demanded an apology.
But not from Williams — and not for that scandal.
The veterans, including Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell and 22 admirals and generals, want an apology from NBC’s parent company Comcast after NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin disparaged famed sniper Chris Kyle on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
Video from Fox News:
“His racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims as he was going on some of these…killing sprees,” Mohyeldin said of Kyle.
The letter from Bozell and the others reads:
We are deeply concerned by NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin’s suggestions on the Thursday, January 29 airing of Morning Joe that Chris Kyle, the real “American Sniper,” was a “racist” whose military missions were “killing sprees.” Mohyeldin’s remarks reveal him to be callous and ignorant.
The full transcript of these bigoted comments is attached.
Mohyeldin’s statements were an inexcusable slap in the face to the widow of Chris Kyle and to all those in the armed forces who continue to serve our country in harm’s way. Such rants do not add anything to a thoughtful discussion of public policy regarding Iraq.
As a Navy SEAL who tirelessly protected his comrades and killed terrorists, Chris Kyle undoubtedly saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives, both military and civilian.
He is a hero, not a talking point for a smug journalist.
It has been more than a week since Mohyeldin uttered his hateful, thoughtless smears on air. Despite a massive outcry from the public, NBC News has neither apologized nor taken responsibility for these comments.
We understand that as members of the board of Comcast, the parent company of NBC, you may not be privy to how NBC News responds to such situations. However, your stockholders, advertisers, NBC News viewers, and the public have a right to know: Is it the policy of NBC News to allow its own reporters to make inaccurate and insulting editorial comments on its airwaves, aimed at our soldiers who gave their lives for their country? Is it the policy of NBC News to ignore the scandal and hope it goes away?
NBC News’ continued refusal to acknowledge and apologize for Mohyeldin’s malicious remarks about Chris Kyle is as disappointing as it is shocking. Chris Kyle’s family, veterans everywhere, and the public at large deserve from NBC News a strong, unequivocal public statement condemning Mohyeldin’s vile hate speech.
We request NBC News issue a sincere, on-air apology through Mohyeldin. Until then, viewers and the veterans that NBC News has offended will continue to demand that the network show at least a basic amount of civility to slain veterans and their priceless sacrifices for American freedom.
We ask that you, as members of the board of directors of Comcast Corporation, demand this be done.
We eagerly await your response.
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