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.”
Happy Birthday America! pic.twitter.com/yX1mwrylV0— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) July 5, 2021
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.”
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.
I wrote a piece about how the American flag can be seen as divisive, and now whether or not it’s seen as divisive is… you guessed it… dividing people.— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) July 4, 2021
America, never change. https://t.co/p1j2CsNpJL
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