And if the American flag triggers anyone…
…they can, as George Washington used to say, “bite me.”
It was George, according to legend, that asked Philidelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to make the first American Flag with stars on a blue field along with red and white stripes. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this story, but if ever there was a case where “print the legend” was appropriate, this would be it. The design wasn’t George’s: the Continental Congress adopted a resolution during the Revolutionary War stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” Each new state accepted into into the United States after independence got its own stripe and star, but it quickly became clear that this plane would end up with a flag having either very thin stripes or being longer than it was wide. In 1818, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states. (Good idea.) It was on June 14, 1877 when the first Flag Day observance was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. The flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.
1. “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!” Are you sick of reading that? Not as sick as I am of having reason to write it, I bet. Researchers analyzed reporting from major TV networks and newspapers during the first 60 days of the five most recent Presidencies. They found that only 19% of Biden coverage was negative. When you consider almost all of the less than enthusiastic coverage had to come from Fox News, one has to conclude that ABC, NBC and CBS was nearly 100% positive. Meanwhile,, 62% of stories on former President Donald Trump were negative.
“Why have journalists stopped being adversarial to Biden?” the Washington Examiner asks without giggling (though a newspaper can’t literally giggle)….
“Biden is the least accessible president in a century, serving 64 days before holding a press conference. “Does that matter?” a USA Today headline shrugged. When Biden finally spoke, reporters didn’t inquire about the COVID-19 pandemic, instead asking “time-wasting questions,” noted journalism think tank Poynter.While Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki holds regular briefings, she rarely gets grilled. When Dr. Anthony Fauci’s trove of concerning emails was made public, no reporter asked about it. If interrogated, Psaki deflects and says she’ll “circle back.” Or she offers mind-numbing non-sequiturs, such as when the stock market faced a crisis due to the GameStop fiasco. “Well, I’m also happy to repeat that we have the first female treasury secretary,” Psaki smirked.”
My Facebook friends think Psaki is wonderful.
2. They better take this case...SCOTUS today put off a decision about whether it will hear an appeal claiming that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants, in a case that could, and should, finally seal the death warrant for affirmative action. There shouldn’t be any question about the hyper-political Biden DOJ’s position; maybe the Justices want to see if they can come of with a genuine argument for rejecting qualified Asian-American applicants in order to allow less promising blacks and Hispanics go to Harvard despite inferior credentials. Sometimes the Court likes to spread out its controversial cases, and it is already taking an abortion case and a gun rights case.
I don’t think Harvard has a constitutional leg to stand on.
3. It would be nice if you couldn’t guess the race of deranged op-eds like this one. Eric Deggins, NPR’s TV critic, wrote an absurd article criticizing Hollywood activist Tom Hanks, of all people, after the latter authored a guest essay for The New York Times calling for more widespread teaching about the Tulsa Race Massacre. I wrote a post on Ethics Alarms with a similar message. But Deggins thinks that Hanks needs to do penance because “his work — so often focused on the achievements of virtuous white, male Americans – may have made it tougher for tales about atrocities such as Tulsa to find similar space.”
Huh? I didn’t realize that there was only room for a finite number of stories to be told in movies? Is this a call for affirmative action in what noteworthy history can be portrayed on screen? It seems so. Deggins writes,
“After many years of speaking out about race and media in America, I know the toughest thing for some white Americans — especially those who consider themselves advocates against racism — is to admit how they were personally and specifically connected to the elevation of white culture over other cultures.”
Admit? Majorities have their own cultures, and those cultures dominate the nations, institutions and organization that they control. And that is natural, sensible, and there is nothing whatsoever wrong with that. The United States culture is one of its great strengths, and all cultures are not equal. There should be no guilt attached to creating a successful culture. Deggin continues,
“[Hanks} is a baby boomer star who has built a sizable part of his career on stories about American white men “doing the right thing”…. He’s not alone. Superstar director Steven Spielberg has a similar pedigree (notwithstanding occasional projects such as The Color Purple and Amistad)…These stories of white Americans smashing the Nazi war machine or riding rockets into space are important. But they often leave out how Black soldiers returned home from fighting in World War II to find they weren’t allowed to use the GI Bill to secure home loans in certain neighborhoods or were cheated out of claiming benefits at all. They don’t describe how Black people were excluded from participating in space missions as astronauts early in America’s space program.”
Yes, that’s because those movies were about something else, and what they were about was plenty. How would the plight of aspiring black astronauts be shoehorned into “Apollo 13” without making the movie incoherent? Deggin then rebuts his own point:
“As the book and film Hidden Figures notes, even brilliant Black and female mathematicians faced discrimination in the space program during the 1950s and 1960s. If given better opportunities, perhaps they could have helped us get to the moon sooner, by putting our best minds on the problem, regardless of race.”
Yup, that’s what THAT movie was about, and the point was made well and dramatically. Does every movie have to include flagellation by guilt-ridden white artists about the obstancles gased by blacks in America? Deggins’ answer is, incredibly, yes!
With a crippling bias like that, I don’t know what anyone would trust him as a TV critic.