Independence Day is supposed to be a day of national unity. President Joe Biden proclaimed, âJuly 4th is a holy day in our country – a day of history, hope, remembrance and resolution, of promise and possibility. Biden’s liberal voters in the media disagreed.
These are the people who refuse to wear flag pins or take the pledge of allegiance at the news events they cover. They love their own freedom, but they use it to be professionally unpatriotic. Oh, they would argue that the people who love their country can be the most passionate critics, fighting for the still unfulfilled promise of freedom and justice for all. But that’s not what they do.
They smear America like a systematically racist nightmare, and anyone who disagrees is a bad person. Challenge their shots, and you are the âdividerâ that starts a âculture warâ.
On July 4, the Washington Post published a prominent article in its Arts & Entertainment section by art critic Philip Kennicott about how the Statue of Liberty is a shabby symbol. The Post illustrated it with an image of Lady Liberty posted on the fingertip, a tiny embarrassment.
For Kennicott, it’s a sad reflection of hypocrisy for blacks, women, gay men – pretty much everyone except cisgender, straight, and white men. “It’s your symbol, not mine,” he said aloud to himself. He added that he “repeated if not the exact words at least similar feelings to those which others had undoubtedly felt since the beginning of the republic”.
The New York Times featured a front-page article by journalist Sarah Maslin Nir on how liberals think flag bearers must be disreputable right-wingers. It started with a liberal Long Island farmer displaying a large flag on his rusty van as he sells his farm produce. He realized it could hurt his business when he threw a liberal note to a client, who expressed great relief: “I thought you were something or whatever waving a flag.”
Waving the flag is inherently suspect, a sign of madness. Or, as the Times tweeted, “Today hoisting the flag in the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, though imperfect, of the political affiliation of a person in a deeply divided nation. “
And who does the division?
The so-called National Public Radio tweeted a thread of the original Declaration of Independence, calling it “a document with deep-seated flaws and hypocrisies.” He says âthat all men are created equal – but women, slaves, indigenous peoples and many others were not considered equal back then. “
See? You cannot see the text as a declaration of idealism, a promise to be kept on time. The Declaration is portrayed as a lie perpetuated by smart, wealthy white men … with your taxpayer’s money.
Then there was National Geographic, which donated this gem of a favorite article: “The Hidden Toll of the Fourth of July Fireworks: Using Crowdsourced Data from Air Quality Monitors At home, scientists have found that vulnerable people and communities of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution from fireworks celebrations. ” This is not a parody of Babylon Bee.
They seem more interested in shaping America in their own revolutionary image. They sound like their knees are shaking dramatically at all that makes Patriotic Americans happy and proud. This good feeling cannot be satisfied even for a day. It must be scolded and “corrected”. Then they wonder why the “news” business is going down.
Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and editor of the NewsBusters.org blog. To learn more about Tim Graham and read articles from other Creators Syndicate authors and designers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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