More than 20 retired generals and admirals, along with dozens of other retired military officers, have reportedly joined the Media Research Center in writing a letter demanding an apology from NBC’s parent company Comcast after a news correspondent claimed on-air that slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle engaged in “killing sprees.”
“[Kyle] is a hero, not a talking point for a smug journalist,” the group wrote in a letter, signed by more than 60 retired military leaders, to the Comcast Board of Directors being delivered Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The letter comes after Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin said during a Jan. 29 segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that critics have described Kyle as having “racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.”
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.”
“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,” the letter said. “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.”