MSNBC seems to be playing the race card again, this time against the late Chris Kyle, the subject of the blockbuster hit movie American Sniper.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe program this morning, NBC foreign affairs reporter Ayman Mohyeldin put forth the racism allegation while also describing Kyle’s military service as “killing sprees.”
During his 10 years as a Navy SEAL, during which he served four combat tours in Iraq, Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He had 160 confirmed kills in Iraq as a sniper.
Mohyeldin described American Sniper, the film directed by Clint Eastwood based on Kyle’s autobiography, as a great, tremendously entertaining, compelling movie, but he deemed it a work of fiction that doesn’t depict the true nature of Navy Seal Chris Kyle.
Mohyeldin went on to give the panel this assessment of Kyle, which he attributed to some people.
… When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle, and the story, and what has emerged about what kind of personality he was in his own words… A lot of stories about when he was back home in Texas. A lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq; how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies toward Iraqis and Muslim as he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment…”
As the Inquisitr has previously noted, this particular reporter was accused of being a Hamas apologist prior to last summer’s hostilities in Gaza. Added the Washington Free Beacon, “Comparing an American soldier to an indiscriminate mass murderer did not go over very well. But the former Al Jazeera English correspondent has displayed biases before in his Middle East reporting, particularly in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas.”
Reacting to Mohyeldin’s comment, HotAir.com columnist Noah Rothman opined that “To describe the performance of a decorated combat veteran in a hostile theater as a killing spree is to confess a level of bias that is virtually disqualifying for a foreign affairs reporter. The stigma associated with serving as a sniper in a war is painful enough for proficient sharpshooters, but to directly equate the actions of those servicemen with the behavior of a mass murder is beyond the pale. Secondly, and probably more importantly, indicating Kyle was racist because he viewed un-uniformed insurgent combatants in a negative light is obscene…”
Watch the clip and draw your own conclusions.
Last week, MSNBC was forced to cut ties with one of its regular guest experts after he voiced a racially charged slur against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is of Indian heritage.
Ratings-challenged MNSBC, which gives a daily platform to Al Sharpton, is no stranger to racially charged rhetoric for which it was compelled to apologize.
For example, last May, network host Toure apologized on Twitter for previously tweeting that Jews who managed to survive Hitler’s genocide in the Holocaust did so because of “the power of whiteness.” In the same month, the liberal network issued multiple apologies for a segment about Cinco de Mayo that many found offensive.
You may also recall that host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized three times for mocking 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild. And earlier in 2014, MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized for a racially offensive tweet about a Cheerios commercial that would supposedly be hated by “right-wingers” and fired the employee responsible.
Do you think any basis exists for concluding that American Sniper Chris Kyle is a racist?