The New York Times is getting slammed online after attaching an insidious political message to the American flag leading up to the Fourth of July. The article suggested that those who chose to display the flag “on the back of their pickup truck or on their lawn” is now seen as a sure sign of political affiliation.
In other words, The New York Times is implying that any display of patriotism is something Republicans do, not the the elites in the Democrat Party.
The Time’s published the article titled “A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite.
The rag newspaper blamed Trump supporters for poisoning the meaning of the flag. The article implies that since supporters of Donald Trump embraced America and its flag so vociferously, many liberals have begun to worry it’s symbolism has become more associated with Right-Wing politics and not with American patriotism.
Today, flying the American flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation. https://t.co/TODmHEmPsO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 3, 2021
The article continues, “What was once a unifying symbol — there is a star on it for each state, after all — is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people who kneel while ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ plays and those for whom not pledging allegiance is an affront.”
The Times notes, however, that “70 percent of Americans say the flag makes them feel proud,” and “At its 1777 inception, the flag’s very design signified unity, the joining of the 13 colonies.”
In the article, the Times contradicts itself almost immediately when the journalist admits, “politicizing the American flag is perversion of its original intent.” That begs the question, then why write the article if it’s only purpose is to politicize the flag?
Jack Posobiec tweeted, “Prayers up for all the NY Times reporters who have to endure this weekend full of American flags.”
Prayers up for all the NY Times reporters who have to endure this weekend full of American flags
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 3, 2021
Steve Guest trolled the Times by tweeting a flag gif and writing, “CC: New York Times.”
CC: New York Times. pic.twitter.com/SEkufmqoQo
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 3, 2021
Mike Hahn tweeted the Times is “seemingly admitting that the GOP is the party of the American flag.”
The New York Times seemingly admitting that the GOP is the party of the American flag 🇺🇸 https://t.co/0gNWTPRoMv
— Mike Hahn (@mikehahn_) July 3, 2021
Erick Erickson said, “If the American flag offends you, move elsewhere.”
So so stupid. If the American flag offends you, move elsewhere. https://t.co/gNoG73vt7L
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 4, 2021
Joe Borelli took aim the the Times by sarcastically tweeting, “Flying your flag is offensive you guys.”
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) July 3, 2021
Ryan Saavedra suggested that “Only scum have a problem with the American flag.”
Only scum have a problem with the American flag. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/ozFlT7zVx0
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 3, 2021
Jerry Dunleavy wrote, “The American flag belongs to all Americans of goodwill. Don’t let your politics blind you. Celebrate America. Enjoy the Fourth. And let’s keep this great experiment going.”
The American flag belongs to all Americans of goodwill. Don’t let your politics blind you. Celebrate America. Enjoy the Fourth. And let’s keep this great experiment going. https://t.co/KeK8BsXVxs
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 3, 2021
Logan Hall tweeted the “NYT seethes at the thought of pickup trucks flying the flag.”
NYT seethes at the thought of pickup trucks flying the flag. https://t.co/X1YhJFzlD5
— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) July 3, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney