On her Friday 1 p.m. ET MSNBC show, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell characterized Sarah Palin participating in the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Washington as a “distraction,” with the headline on-screen wondering if the former Alaska Governor was “stealing their thunder.”
After declaring that Palin was “once again showing that she sure knows how to seize the political spotlight,” Mitchell spoke with Rolling Thunder spokesman Ted Shpak, and asked: “When did you first hear that Sarah Palin was coming? Did you invite her?” Shpak incorrectly claimed: “No, she wasn’t invited. We heard yesterday she came out with a press release that she was coming to Rolling Thunder.”
And the always delicate, sensitive Martin Bashir:
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on May 31 insisted that Sarah Palin’s bus tour amounts to a “breach of a federal law.”
Anchoring his eponymous program, Bashir scolded, “In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and
In his accusatory “Clear the Air” segment, the former ABC Nightline anchor lectured Palin that “standards of respect and etiquette” discourage using the American flag for “any advertising purpose whatsoever.”
“She drapes herself in the stars and stripes and makes millions of dollars in the process,” chided Bashir. “This has got nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets.”
The only problem: the Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment. If flag burning is protected speech, certainly displaying the flag on a tour bus is legal. Or do the rules not apply to Sarah Palin? In Bashir’s warped sense of reality, conservatives like Palin would be arrested for flying the American flag at rallies in which they promote causes that Bashir does not support.
Let’s see here. Wasn’t invited to the party? Not hanging the flag right? What else? Air pressure in tires didn’t conform to National Standards? Should have used the salad fork instead of the dinner fork?
So is Andrea Mitchell jealous of Palin looking so fine on the back of a Harley. She only wishes she had the style of Palin but, that is unrealistic, as Mitchell is twice Palin’s age.
As for Martin Batshit and his liberal buddies, why are they suddenly worried about the flag? Ted Nugent needs to go back and educate this loser again.
NBC, ABC, CBS, they all have the same agenda that is to carry Obama’s water and get him re-elected. Good luck, with that. In 2012, they’ll all be unemployed.