Dozens of retired military officers—including over twenty generals and admirals—joined with the Media Research Center in demanding an apology from NBC parent Comcast after the embattled network refused to acknowledge comments by a reporter claiming “American Sniper” Chris Kyle had “racists tendencies toward Iraqis and Muslims” and went on “killing sprees.”
Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin (formerly of Al Jazeera) said on January 29 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “people” have described Kyle as “racist”:
“Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment,” said Mohyeldin.
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough immediately pushed back on Mohyeldin’s allegation of Kyle’s “killing sprees.” Scarborough closed the segment by mocking Moyheldin, saying, “All right, when we come back, Ayman is going to kick around Santa Claus.”
The military officers’ letter to Comcast demands on on-air apology for the reporter’s “inexcusable slap in the face” to Kyle’s widow and members of the armed forces.
The Examiner, which obtained a copy of the letter, reports:
In their letter, the brass and veterans demanded an on-air apology. “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,” they wrote in the letter being delivered today [Feb 10, 2015].
“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?” asked the letter.
“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,” added the letter.