Sunday reading

Like a lot of places, there was a good bit of post-election flag hoisting in my neighborhood, including a rather large one one my wife bought for the occasion.
This morning the N&O decided to take a look at what they call a resurgence of patriotism among the left. It's a rather formulaic story — couple of quotes from people who are now flying flags, couple of out-of-state professors explaining how we feel about the country back to us and, of course, a couple of paragraphs echoing right wing talking points from the campaign.

Though many Republicans -- including President Bush and Sen. John McCain -- have hailed the election of the first African-American president as a watershed moment in which Americans should take pride, others view the outburst of patriotism with feelings that range from chagrin to bewilderment. They find it ironic that Obama has inspired such feelings.

After all, they say, he's the same man who refused to wear a flag pin in his lapel, whose longtime spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had chanted, "God damn America," and whose wife, Michelle, had said during the campaign: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country."

As one might guess, the authors — or the editor that required these graphs — do not quote anyone saying these things.
Ordinarily, I really like the work of one of these journalists.
This story, though, is not among her best work.
It is also another worrisome example of how political coverage has devolved and how easy it is for an uncritical media to allow the heated rhetoric of a campaign to become part of mainstream dialog.


Great catch Kirk

the ubiquitous use of "others" and "they" is the bane of decent journalism. It taps an illusion of conventional wisdom that is neither wise nor conventional.

The N&O didn't interview me

The N&O didn't interview me, but two days ago I was fantasizing about how I will feel on Jan 20th and I suddenly realized that for the first time in my life, I wanted to buy an American flag and display it on my truck. I couldn't believe it.

Sure, I was forced to pledge allegiance to the flag when I was little, but somehow that didn't make me love it and want to display it. Until now, my country's flag has represented power, not freedom. It's used to sell gasoline, militarism, racism.

But in my fantasy, my feelings suddenly changed. I'm feeling hope, hope! Maybe we will finally have an affirmative answer that old question, Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free...?

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Yep. This stuck in my craw, too.

I'm about damn tired of having my patriotism questioned. I've proudly flown my flag throughout the last eight years and will continue to do so. Its because I love my country in spite of what President Bush did to it. Its because if Bush wouldn't respect what our flag represented then I would.

I used to smartly raise that flag in the morning on the stern of my destroyer and solemnly lower it at taps. That flag doesn't just belong to Republicans - it belongs to ALL of us!

This "left discovers flag" stuff is tired and it needs to stop. Now.

Mark Turner
USN Vet and proud flag waver

Man, what a week you've had!

I hope you come out on top this week!

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I noticed it

That second paragraph was one of the first things I noticed in the paper. Really sloppy and especially apparent after attending two days at Capitolbeat.

What makes it even more glaring

is that there are plenty of interviews with liberals. Had the reporters said that they interviewed several conservatives who did not wish to have their names used it would be different story.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks, Robert!

Yeah, a memorable week it has been.

I'm getting a check for my totaled car tomorrow and I'm holding out hope that Kay Hagan will give me a job. :)

Thanks for the kind words, Robert.

Even More Disgusting

After all the bs about flag pins, who was wearing one during the debates? Obama. Who was not? McCain.

Does that mean our new found sense of patriotism occurred before the election?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

turning my flag over

I have been flying my flag upside down for 8 years. On Jan 20th (actually after because I am going up for the inauguration) I will be turning it over.

“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama

Me too

I've had my flag upside down (in distress) off and on for years now. People hate it, at least around here.

It'll be good to get it upright again.

I had the same reaction this morning

The mindless and out-of-context repetition of right wing talking points really grated, and those nameless quotes were stuck in that article gratuitously just before the page break (where a lot of people stop reading).

The Founding Fathers have probably been rolling over in their graves for some time now, hearing dissent squelched ignorantly as "unpatriotic" in total opposition to their ideals. Has anyone on the right actually read the Declaration of Independence in the last eight years?