New York Times Craps On Fourth Of July, Says Flag Is ‘Alienating’

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The New York Times caught heat over the Independence Day weekend for releasing an article from staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir that claimed the majority of Americans view the flag as a symbol of division — calling it “alienating” the day before millions of American flags are displayed as a tribute to our great nation.

Nir’s article, “A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite,” adds to the trend in American media that looks to redefine American symbols as representations of racism, privilege and immorality.

An excerpt from the article reads: “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.”

Fox & Friends‘ Will Cain and contributor Joe Concha discussed the puzzling piece from the Times and how it inaccurately characterizes the American majority that still honor their flag — another telltale of the publication’s ongoing decline in reputation and audience.

According to Cain, The New York Times and the piece in question boldly state that the flag is a symbol of division. However, the American flag has long been a bi-partisan symbol in Washington, even if it faces a new wave of critics in modern day media.

Unable to separate itself from the narrative passed down by the editorial board, The New York Times has wrestled with credibility issues lately and devastated its reputation of engaging in objective journalism. Editorial board member Mara Gay recently made headlines for claiming that people who love America actually love whiteness.” 

A majority of Americans don’t support the mainstream media, which received strong disapproval from the general U.S. population and ranked last in a poll looking at media trust across 46 countries.

Misinformation continues to be a secondhand effect of the Times‘ radical pivot in messaging and reporting — an experiment that has eroded other big network audiences, such as ESPN and CNN.

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Written by Alejandro Avila


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  1. THE best definition of “Leftist” I ever heard was:

    If they are dividing, they are Leftists. If they are Uniting, they are Americans.

    The NYTimes, as does all media (especially the social media) NEEDS strife, division, anger, sex, poverty and violence – the more the better and the worse the better for them(Unless it’s Epstein Island, that has to be covered-up), but THEY NEVER pay a price for their sins – WE do.

  2. “is now alienating to some”

    This is what Journalism is now. What doesn’t meet that test? What isn’t “alienating to some”? You can always find one person with a dumb opinion to qualify most any position. (And with social media it facilitates the most lazy being able to find them without leaving their chair.) These types of articles are almost always the author using “some” to cover the fact they’re merely using the medium to air their own very extreme elitist opinions.

  3. After they lost the 2016 election, the number of Democrats who decided that they literally don’t like this country anymore grew substantially.

    ‘Hating’ America, the greatest country that has ever existed, went from being a fringe position on college campuses to being a mainstream left position now endorsed by some corporations.

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