Just in time for Independence Day, the New York Times again seems triggered by the American flag flying on Long Island.
In an example of what passes for contemporary journalism that includes quotes from a grand total of six people, a Times reporter suggests that Old Glory is a form of disunity, and it is, of course, apparently Donald Trump’s fault.
Recall that just in early June, the math-challenged, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay went on MSNBC and said that she found it disturbing that lots of pickup trucks on Long Island displayed American flags and Trump flags.
The Times subsequently released a statement saying that Gay’s comments were taken out of context and that she was really highlighting how the MAGA movement had politicized the flag.
NYT editorial board member ‘very disturbed’ seeing pickup trucks and American flags on Long Island https://t.co/9CSQ2lzZY8 pic.twitter.com/oRHur1E41I
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 8, 2021
Fast forward as the Times returns to the Long Island, N.Y., scene of the presumed thought crime, as it were, in an article headlined “A Fourth of July symbol of unity that may no longer unite,” in which a staff reporter wrote, in part:
Politicians of both parties have long sought to wrap themselves in the flag. But something may be changing: Today, flying the 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.
Supporters of former President Donald J. Trump have embraced the flag so fervently — at his rallies, across conservative media and even during the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — that many liberals…worry that the left has all but ceded the national emblem to the right.
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’ premise is, as you would expect, receiving a salute from America Last, liberal Twitter.
Others, however, have concluded that the news outlet known or formerly regarded as the paper of record, and which generally spins for the Democrats, is clueless. Here is a sampling:
Today, believing the New York Times is a nonpartisan unbiased news source is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation
Fixed it for ya.
— Nick B. (@Nickbok22) July 3, 2021
That says more about the people who perceive it as a “clue” than the person flying it….
— J O S E P H R E E D E R (@RevJSReeder) July 3, 2021
Did Mara Gay make you write this
— Typos of the New York Times (@nyttypos) July 3, 2021
The majority of people just want to fly the flag with pride on July 4. You keep pushing this narrative. Most Americans are good people and not extremists…either Left or Right.
— Jon Youngberg (@JYmachine) July 3, 2021
This is just another example of stoking division. I have many friends all over the political spectrum and not one of us has a problem with anyone displaying the Red, White, and Blue. This is just more click bait nonsense
— Phillip W (@Phillip_Wolfe) July 3, 2021
You guys double down on your stupidity every time. It’s impressive!
— Brent (@brento76) July 3, 2021
Political affiliation? You mean being American?
— RealAlexB (@alex114475) July 3, 2021
If this country’s flag or the celebration of its birthday bothers you then the problem is on you.
— Warren T. Carrigan (@WarrenCarrigan) July 3, 2021
I am a Uyghur who fled Communist China. I love American flag!
Americans, wake up! Cherish your freedom!
— Inty (@__Inty__) July 3, 2021
The flag stands for FREEDOM with liberty and JUSTICE for ALL. 🇺🇸🗽we still have got some work to do, but America’s Got this! It’s the fiber of who we are. UNITED. Let’s act like it.🙂 Er are better than all this hate collectively!
— Velma🇺🇸💪💙🤷♀️ (@MamaDBear1) July 3, 2021
Proud to be on the side of politics that is represented by the American flag and not the side that is offended by it
— Travis (@TWines4congress) July 4, 2021
What an insult. I worked hard for my Citizenship. I’m proud of being an immigrant and American Citizen. The flag is my flag and I’ll fly it whenever and wherever I want.
— Dr. BeesNGuns (@beesnguns) July 4, 2021
‘albeit an imperfect one’
You know, NYT, if you hate America just come out and say it….I’m sure your readership feels the same way.
— kingcambie (@kingcambie) July 3, 2021
Agreed. If you love your country, you’re probably on the Right
— Theophilus Chilton (@Theo_Chilton) July 3, 2021
you are seriously broken if you are making this choice to publish what are hopefully the worst ideas in your slack channel
— Jonathon Snyder (@JonathonSnyder) July 3, 2021
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