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MSNBC: Using the Flag in Political Advertising Is Criminal!



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MSNBC’s Martin Bashir goes into high dudgeon, accusing Sarah Palin of violating federal law by displaying the flag on her bus.

“The whole thing could be in breach of a federal law,” he ominously intones. “The United States flag code establishes important rules for the use and display of the Stars and Stripes, the flag of the United States.* Under standards of respect and etiquette it is made clear that the flag of the United States should never be used for any advertising purpose whatsoever. Yet that’s precisely what Sarah Palin is doing.”

I await his furious denunciation of President Obama for using the flag in the first ad of his 2012 campaign, as we see at the 5 second mark, the 25 second mark, and the 50 second mark.

Oh, wait, it’s only an outrage when Sarah Palin does it.

For that matter, round up almost every ad from every presidential candidate for the past few decades! Round up almost every car commercial in the same period! Round up all of the Memorial Day and Fourth of July circulars!

* Note that when addressing an MSNBC audience, Bashir felt the need to explain that the Stars and Stripes is the flag of the United States. I’m going to guess that for a lot of viewers, that’s a given.


Tags: Barack Obama , MSNBC , Sarah Palin


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