Keep in mind that this is MSNBC, but the reporter, Ayman Mohyeldin, is supposedly a straight news correspondent – the foreign affairs correspondent mind you – for NBC News.
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, what some people described as his racist tendencies toward Iraqis and Muslims as he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. I think there are issues.”
Unbelievably, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist did not let this characterization stand. Geist even clarified (after above clip) that when Kyle used the term savages, he was referring specifically to those people he was targeting and not, as Mohyeldin put it, all Iraqis and muslims.
Scarborough also brings up a point, which I also addressed here, that using derogatory language toward the enemy you are trying to kill and who is trying to kill you in a war is not exactly new or surprising. In fact, it isn’t really news at all. It lends no context. If this were an episode of Law & Order I’d be waiting to hear some defense attorney call it “prejudicial”. It’s not relevant to his mission that he said “savages” about anybody. He wasn’t just walking the streets shooting people at random. These were military missions. As I said at RabbleWriter, Chris Kyle “went to war, he did what was required of him, what we required of him, and he did it both within the bounds of the law and the scope of our operations. He did it bravely and very well.” That is all the “context” that is required.
What Kyle did not do was go on “killing sprees.” It’s a truly outrageous accusation from a truly offensive “reporter” on the most truly untruthful network on television.
h/t Truth Revolt