NBC News Op Ed: “Drew Brees’ Biggest Mistake? Believing the American Flag Means Anything”…Why They Are Wrong

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“OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high … We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!” -President Donald J. Trump, 6/5/2020

It is the night of September 13, 1814. The British fleet are bombarding Fort McHenry in the harbor at Baltimore, Maryland. Francis Scott Key, a 34-year old lawyer-poet, is watching the attack from the deck of a British prisoner-exchange ship. Key had gone seeking the release of a friend. They were told that they had to remain aboard the vessel until the end of the attack. When the battle was over, the following morning, Key had his telescope on the fort and saw the American flag was still waving. The sight of the tattered Stars and Stripes was so moving that he pulled a letter from his pocket and began to write the poem. This poem eventually became the national anthem of the United States – “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight’
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

It does, sir. Regardless of a bunch of little snot-nosed, ungrateful punks.

FoxNews.com reports that

An opinion piece published by NBC News claimed that NFL superstar Drew Brees’ “biggest mistake” when defending the American flag was “believing” that it “means anything.”

Brees unwittingly sparked a national firestorm when he defended the flag when asked during an interview about the kneeling protests that have taken place at football games over the years, insisting it was a sign of “disrespect.”

However, amid the political climate following the death of George Floyd, Brees was widely condemned even by many NFL players. The star New Orleans Saints quarterback later apologized for his remarks.

On Thursday, NBC News’ “THINK” page teased the column, “Drew Brees’ biggest mistake?’ Believing the American flag means anything.” The column’s actual headline read, “Drew Brees’ comments on George Floyd protest prioritize symbols over justice.”

“[Brees] has unfortunately become the poster child for what happens when you venerate a hollow space wrapped up in red, white and blue,” writer Noah Berlatsky claimed. “Brees believed that his comments honored the flag and America’s ideals. But valuing a symbol of justice over justice itself isn’t moral or righteous. It’s the opposite. When honoring the flag is the price of justice, then the flag does not symbolize justice. It symbolizes force, inequality and racism. It’s a flag of conquest for white people, not of mercy or freedom for all.”

Berlatsky then compared Brees’ meaning of the American flag, which Brees said reminded him of his grandfathers who served in World War II, to 1852 remarks made by Frederick Douglass describing Independence Day, “the sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me.”

“Brees wants his interpretation of the flag honored; everyone, he insists, should put their hands on their hearts before the flag to show ‘that we are all in this together.’ But some people, like Douglass, or Floyd, or Kaepernick — banned from Brees’ league for his protest — are not equals in America,” Berlatsky explained. “Brees will not stand in solidarity with them unless they first respect his symbols. You have to say the nation is righteous before the nation will consider whether to stop murdering you.”

He continued, “There is no unity and solidarity centered on the flag, because the flag, and the nation, don’t have any virtue. Only human beings can have that. [Kaepernick] asked his country to think about its own symbols, rather than blindly worshipping them. Brees, and white Americans in general, have not risen to this challenge. This nation must care more about its soul than its symbols. It’s better to burn a flag than a person.”

It is not acceptable to burn either one.

These ungrateful punks make me want to puke.

So where does this disrespect for Old Glory come from?

It starts with Liberal leaders.

Let’s go back to 9/13/11, 2 days after America solemnly remembered the 10th anniversary of the worst attack ever on American soil by Islamic Terrorists. James Robbins wrote the following story for The Washington Times, in which he illuminated a whispered conversation between the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, and First Lady, Michelle Obama:

The internet was buzzing this week with video of First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, “all this just for a flag.” She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Mr. Obama nods.

Over the last 10 years, I have repeated the story of how my father, a young man from Helena, Arkansas, stepped out of perfectly good boat, along with thousands of other young American soldiers, into the firestorm known as D-Day.

On that day, thousands of Americans lost their lives defending the same flag that the ungrateful imbecile writing the above NBC News op ed believes means nothing at all.

The writer’s opinion is reflective of the same heinous attitude of those who have looted and rioted in major American cities from coast to coast this past week.

Anarchy and selfish ingratitude know no color.

However, it does require a lack of discipline…and character in the individual who possesses those traits.

Y’know…I do not believe that the Tuskegee Airmen believed that the flag that they fought and died for symbolized “force, inequality and racism”.

And, I believe that if you approached Lt. Col. Allen West talking in that manner about the American Flag, you would receive a dressing down that would leave your hair on fire and your butt smoking.

The flag of this Sovereign Nation is more than just a symbol.

The very fact that it still flies is a testament to a lot of very brave men and women who sacrificed everything in order to secure our liberty.

Thinking about the sacrifices made by some many to protect future generations from tyranny causes any eloquence which I may possess to escape me.

So, please listen as an American Legend explains to you what I am attempting to say.

Until He Comes,

KJ

NBC News Tells Its Reporters to Call Minneapolis Riots, “Protests”…Who are You Going to Believe, NBC or Your Own Eyes?

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Yesterday, on his nationally-syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh made the following observation…

The media is viewing Minneapolis looters as protesters.But Americans protesting to go back to work? Why, those are dangerous lunatics! Americans demanding to be let out, Americans demanding that their jobs be reopened, Americans demanding to go back to work are being treated as major problems — major lunatics, great threats to the health of America — whereas the people looting stores in Minneapolis are called “protesters.”

And if you take a look, look at who has been savagely condemned by the media. It’s people reopening their businesses. Not the people burning businesses. Not people looting them. Not the people tearing them down. In the media’s world, the people reopening their businesses are being savagely condemned — or people going to a swimming pool in the Ozarks, or people going to a beach somewhere.

They’re being condemned by the media as risky, as dangerous, as uncaring lunatics. And in the media’s world, this is all because the looters and the rioters were properly triggered. Their actions are completely understandable in Mediaville, in the media world because they were properly triggered, and so they are labeled “protesters.”

“Protests that turned violent,” now. Whereas opening up businesses and going to pool parties “too soon” is “premeditated manslaughter.”

Here is a related story which is an example of just how right Rush is.

FoxNews.com reports that

NBC News came under scrutiny Thursday for allegedly telling its reporters to refer to the events in Minneapolis this week as “protests” and not “riots,” according to one of its anchors.

Craig Melvin, an MSNBC host and co-anchor of “Today,” shed some light as to how his network is framing its reporting.

“This will guide our reporting in MN. ‘While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as ‘protests’ — not riots,'” Melvin tweeted Thursday morning.

Melvin’s tweet raised eyebrows among critics who accused the network of downplaying the violence that took place in the city to protest the death of George Floyd.

“What kind of alternate reality is this where the mass looting and burning of businesses is not considered a riot by a news network? A protest is what we had here in LA last night. What’s happening in Minneapolis is the textbook definition of a riot. Protesters don’t loot. Period,” local Fox affiliate reporter Bill Melugin tweeted.

“Tell that to the store owners whose businesses burned down,” Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor tweeted in response.

“NBC says that the riots are not riots. Those ‘protests’ must have magically caused spontaneous combustion that lit buildings on fire, threw flatscreen TVs into the hands of innocent ‘protestors’ and caused hands to slam hammers into cash registers. What a wild series of events!” filmmaker Robby Starbuck tweeted.

NBC News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The protests in the Twin Cities were sparked by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes as he was being arrested over alleged forgery.

Video footage that went viral from the arrest showed Floyd telling the police officer “I can’t breathe” as passersby begged the officers to get off him. Moments later, his lifeless body was laying on the ground.

The four police officers involved with the arrest have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Criminal charges have yet to be made but a federal investigation is underway.

What NBC News did in the above article is that same thing that they have been doing for decades: viewing reality through a Liberal lens.

They, like the rest of the Main Stream Media, believe that they should decide what we, as average Americans, should believe about current events, not what we see with our own eyes.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. locked arms with his supporters, black and white, to attempt to make a difference in the fight against inequality, that was a protest.

What vandals and looters have been doing since yesterday in Minneapolis and New York, vandalizing property and looting stores, threatening anyone who stands in their away is called RIOTING.

While nonviolent protests can be a noble endeavor, if for a legitimate cause, rioting is a selfish activity causing destruction and violence, often leading to more death than the original excuse for the riot.

If we were still in the days of the Roman Empire, when Christians were fed to hungry lions for sport in front of the crowds at the Roman Coliseum, the Main Stream Media, including NBC News, would take the side of the lions, defending them as being undernourished.

If the policy makers at NBC News believe that they are expressing the views of the majority of Americans in this matter, then they are living in a Liberal Echo Chamber of their own design.

The vandals and looters who are taking advantage of the death of George Floyd to incite violence and steal from and destroy businesses deserve national condemnation, not “understanding”.

They also deserve to be looking at the inside of a jail cell.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

NBC News’ Terrible, No Good, Horrible,Very Bad Day

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Yesterday, the oldest broadcasting network in the United States, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC),experienced a day in which their News Division proved that, for them “journalistic Integrity” is indeed an oxymoron.

FoxNews.com reports that

For NBC News, it was another in a series of embarrassments on Thursday as it had to correct a story saying federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.

As Fox News is reporting, the feds were monitoring only what calls were being made but weren’t listening in — contrary to NBC’s earlier reporting. The Peacock Network’s major turnabout was made more than four hours after the original story moved online Thursday, when it caused immediate chatter in the cable news universe.

NBC had attributed its original story to two anonymous sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings against Cohen. In an editor’s note preceding the rewritten story, NBC explains that three senior U.S. officials disputed the account, saying that the phones were monitored by a pen register, which records the phone numbers on both ends of the conversation, not the substance of the calls themselves.

The erroneous NBC report added to widespread speculation about what exactly the feds were able to seize in their April raid. Cohen’s lawyers and President Trump’s legal team have been battling in court over access to those materials.

Darn those “anonymous sources”.

Why, one might think that NBC made up that cock and bull story to begin with.

But wait…there’s more

Amid shocking new allegations against Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer, NBC News Chairman Andy lack is twisting in the wind as media watchdogs await the findings of an internal review to determine who knew about disgraced “Today” host Matt Lauer’s bad behavior and didn’t report it.

The Washington Post on Thursday night reported that the long-simmering investigation is “nearing its conclusion” — something Lack echoed in a memo to staff on Friday. 

“We will have findings and further steps to share with you as soon as next week,” Lack wrote to staffers.

The investigation’s closure comes as the Lauer scandal is just one of many storms over sexual misconduct, secrecy, homophobia and just bad decision-making that are dogging NBC’s storied news division.

There’s the controversy over MSNBC star Joy Reid’s anti-gay slurs; the accusations that NBC legend Tom Brokaw engaged in forceful and unwanted kissing of then-NBC correspondent Linda Vester in the 1990s; and persistent questions over why NBC sat on two major sex harassment stories: the “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump and Ronan Farrow’s blockbuster reporting on alleged Hollywood sex predator Harvey Weinstein. And then there’s the foundering and hugely expensive experiment with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, who has reportedly been dragging down NBC News’ most important show by far, “Today.”

The fact that NBC had to correct themselves over their own fake news is actually sort of amazing.

After all, since Donald J. Trump first announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of America, they’ve been lying like the Grizzly Bear Throw Rug in Sarah Palin’s Den.

Their desperation to bring down a sitting President has now transcended the bounds of broadcast journalism to the point to where this “news outlet” now resembles a revolutionary faction vying for power in Venezuela.

This desperation has led them to publish unsubstantiated lie after unsubstantiated lie in order to assuage their own still hurt feelings over their failure to aid lousy Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States of America.

The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum has, without a doubt, wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.

The funny thing is, that during all of those decades of Liberal Self-righteousness, NBC and other Liberal Show Biz Organizations were condoning sexual harassment and intolerance in their own corporate confines.

That’s right.

The same bunch of “morally superior” East and West Coast Liberals, who have been insulting and talking down to average Americans, from their positions of notoriety and power, simply because we believe in Traditional American Faith and Values and we would not swallow the Kool-aid they we offering during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and elected Donald J Trump as President, instead of the Queen of Mean, knew all along about the debauchery going on both behind closed doors and out in their open in their places of business.

And now, they are trying to topple a president on the word of a woman who makes her living on her back.

And. the pundits at NBC News and the rest of the Main Stream Media, wonder why President Trump’s Popularity Ratings continue to rise.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

NBC’s Holt Attempts to Prosecute Instead of Interview Trump. Honest Answers to Dishonest Journalism Ensue.

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I’m not against the media. I’m against the FAKE media.” – President Donald J. Trump

Breitbart.com reports that

NBCNews.com on Thursday posted a two minute and 34 second preview clip of anchor Lester Holt’s exclusive sit-down with President Donald Trump. The clip features Holt conducting an interrogation-like interview in which the NBC personality interrupted Trump nine times and spoke over the president on many of those occasions.

In the clip, Holt can be seen questioning almost every statement made by Trump.

In one instance, Holt asked Trump about his May 9 letter ousting F.B.I Director James Comey in which Trump wrote, “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”

Holt asked Trump, “Why did you put that in there?”

Trump replied, “Because he told me that. I mean, he told me…”

Before Trump could finish his sentence, Holt interrupted, asking, “He told you you weren’t under investigation regarding the Russian investigation?”

“Yeah, and I’ve heard that from others. I think…” Trump began to respond before Holt interrupted again.

“Was it in a phone call? Did you meet face-to-face?” Holt interjected, speaking over Trump.

“I had a dinner with him. He wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. We had a very nice dinner at the White House…”

Holt spoke over Trump again, interrupting this time by asking, “He, he asked for the dinner?”

“A dinner was arranged. I think he asked for a dinner.”

Holt interrupted Trump again when Trump was explaining he knew that he wasn’t under investigation both from Comey three times and from a “committee level.”

“So that didn’t come directly from him?” Holt cut in and asked before Trump could finish his explanation about the times he says he heard from Comey that he wasn’t under investigation.

The Main Stream Media, as demonstrated in that interview by Lester Holt, gave up the appearance of objectivity a long time ago in favor of becoming the Modern Democratic Party’s Propaganda Arm and Ideology-Enforcing Vanguard.

The Main Stream Media has gotten so desperate to bring down the juggernaut that is President-elect Donald J. Trump that that they have adopted the strategy of publishing unsubstantiated lies in order to assuage their own hurt feeling after their failure to aid lousy Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States of America.

For example, yesterday they were floating the lie that ousted FBI Director James Comey was booted after wanting most money with which to fund an investigation of President Trump’s unproven “collusion” with Russia.

The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their never-ending temper tantrum has evidently wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.

As Trump so rightly and repeatedly pointed out, the Main Stream Media are so upset about Hillary’s loss that they have retaliated by publishing “Fake News” is the hope that somehow, someway they can succeed in driving Mr. Trump out of office and that, in doing so, somehow, someway, they Presidency would be given as a “Participation Trophy” to the Failed Party Presidential Candidate.

Pretty pathetic, huh?

President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.

Nor should he have to.

The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.

The Main Stream Media knows that.

The problem is, as stated earlier, the Main Stream Media is still having a conniption fit (Southern colloquialism for being upset over something to the point insanity) over the fact that us rubes here in the Heartland did not listen to what they were telling us to do and voted for Donald J. Trump over their Candidate of Choice, the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton.

The Main Stream Media not only lost their meal ticket with the defeat of the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, but they also must face the reality of being “punked” for at least four years by Donald J. Trump, who treats them like a school of Largemouth Bass, baiting the hook with the promise of a big announcement or story, causing them to pack the room wherever Trump is speaking, only to find out that they have been used to gain free publicity for Mr. Trump and whatever cause he is trying to forward that day.

Or, he just flat-out “trolls” them, as he did by announcing Comey’s firing the day before he met with the Russian Foreign Minister.

Or, as he did in this case, refusing to play nice with them when they slander him, he confronts them, like Daniel in the Lion’s Den and speaks his piece in a forthright and honest manner.

Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.

The Main Stream Media are no longer in control of the dissemination of the news…and they know it.

Between Trump’s playing them like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.

And, quite frankly, they don’t like it one bit.

That is why they continue to try to bring down Trump.

The problem that the hellhounds of the Main Stream Media face is the fact that in order to  have access to President Donald J. Trump and to be able to file news reports covering the actions that he is going to take as President, they are going to have to accurately report what actually happens.

As they continue to learn the hard way, the 45th President of the United States of America will not suffer unsubstantiated slander or the fools who report it, gladly.

President Abraham Lincoln said,

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. 

Ask Lester Holt.

Until He Comes,

KJ