Today\’s quote comes to us from MSNBC\’s Willie Geist – and I hope he is not reprimanded for it, or worse.
First a little context.
The movie “American Sniper”, which chronicles the life of Chris Kyle, who was a remarkably successful sniper protecting United States forces and the Iraqis working with them, has become a transcendentally huge hit. So far, in just under two weeks of general release, it has grossed an astonishing $213 million dollars domestic….and another $47 million internationally, for a total of $260 million.
Not surprisingly, this beyond-belief success, especially when juxtaposed to the hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars lost by movies which made our military out to be scum, garbage or both, has given the left a major apoplexy. It is looking for something – anything – to attack the movie and its main character.
This has included michael moore\’s lamer-than-lame attack on Kyle as a “coward” – one which he desperately tried to backtrack on in a way that no one with an IQ above 53 would buy. Ditto for actor Seth Rogen, who made a clumsy, repulsive connection between Kyle and nazis…then tried to pretend he didn\’t exactly mean it they way it was clearly written, and ultimately apologized (a BS apology, but at least he tried, which is more than moore did).
The latest attack on Kyle – who is dead and cannot defend himself – is to call him a racist, on the grounds that he referred to Iraqis as savages – with NBC/MSNBC people are right in the middle of this effort, and they are far, far from alone.
The problem, however, is that Kyle never did any such thing.
The “savages” references in his book did not generalize about Iraqis, they specified Iraqis who were trying to kill our troops and the Iraqis working with us. If you want to read an excellent debunking of the “racist” claim, click here for John Nolte\’s piece at breitbart.com. Then shake your head in amazement and disgust at how the haters have perverted Kyle\’s words.
Which brings us to Willie Geist.
Geist, who is a regular on MSNBC\’s Morning Joe, on the Today Show (he has guest-hosted) and other NBC programs has taken his professional life in his hands by saying the following:
“Itwasn\’t a commentary about the war. It wasn\’t about the politicsof the war. It was a character study of what this guy went through.And you don\’t have to like him and all the comments about himcalling Iraqis savages. He was calling the people he was shootingsavages. He was calling people who he thought had IEDs, who hethought were going to kill his buddies savages. He didn\’t – somepeople have seized on that term that he thought all Iraqis oreveryone in the Middle East is a savage. That\’s just not what hesaid. It\’s not what he said. He was talking about the people he wasfighting in the theater, calling them savages.”
I award Willie Geist Quote Of The Day honors for simply telling the truth on a network – the one which employs him – that so frequently does not.
Let\’s hope, for his sake, that the people in charge – MSNBC President Phil Griffin immediately comes to mind – do not take it out of his hide.