NY Times says board member who was ‘disturbed’ by American flags was taken out of context. Only, she wasn’t.

The New York Times came out fighting in defense of an editorial board member who announced she was “disturbed” at the recent sight of American flags in New York.

The newspaper released a statement Tuesday after outrage over remarks made by Mara Gay, an MSNBC analyst and part of the Times’ editorial board, who told “Morning Joe” that she was triggered by “dozens of American flags” flying in Long Island after Memorial Day weekend.

Gay’s bizarre take received backlash as a clear example of anti-American rhetoric and elicited a predictable response from The New York Times, which staunchly stood by her, claiming her words had been “irresponsibly taken out of context.”

“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith,” the Times’ PR team tweeted on Tuesday.

Gay was speaking to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski about former President Donald Trump, whom she believes was and remains a threat to democracy, when she took it upon herself to psychoanalyze his supporters. 

Gay suggested that Trump supporters believe that their rights are being threatened “by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others.” She went on to equate “Americanness” to “whiteness” in Republicans’ eyes. 

Not surprisingly, Brzezinski did not push back on these claims nor did she ask for evidence. 

“I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing,” Gay asserted, adding, “because essentially the message was clear, it was ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’ And so until we’re ready to have that conversation, this is going to continue.”

Imagine being triggered by a piece of fabric. 

“Being shocked and disturbed seeing average Americans fly American flags proudly is nothing short of an absolute parody on coast elitism,” Meghan McCain tweeted. “For the love of God leave Manhattan once in a while New York Times editorial board members!!!”

The Times’ defense of Gay received resounding criticism on Twitter.

One Twitter user pointed out that this is not the first time Gay has made unfounded statements. In March 2020, she and MSNBC’s Brian Williams “did the math” and found that if Mike Bloomberg put the $500 million he spent on campaign ads towards the American people, every person would be given one million dollars.

Fact check: False. Every person would receive  $1.53.



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