NBC Doubles Down on Calling Betsy Ross Flag Racist, CBS Backtracks

NewsBusters | 7/3/2019 | Staff
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On Wednesday morning, NBC’s Today show doubled down on the left-wing assertion that the first flag of the United States of America should now be deemed as a racist “symbol of hate.” In contrast, CBS This Morning was not impressed by the supposed controversy and pointed out there were “many other things” to be concerned about.

While promoting former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick pressuring Nike to pull sneakers from store shelves that featured the Betsy Ross flag, NBC reporter Stephanie Gosk declared: “Some called the early American flag a symbol of slavery, while others defended it as a patriotic symbol of the Revolutionary War.”

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She then hyped social media rants from the first group: “When the iconic brand revealed the shoe late last month, critics spoke out. One writing, ‘Nike, you should be ashamed of this shoe.’ Another wrote, ‘Can’t wait for the confederate Air Max 90s.’” That echoed her report from Tuesday’s Nightly News, when Gosk touted “some on social media were angry that the flag appeared to celebrate a time when slavery was accepted. One calling the design, ‘air slaveries.’”

The reporter pointed to evidence of the flag’s supposed racist symbolism: “The so-called Betsy Ross flag, named after the 18th century woman mythologized for designing it, has been flown at some nationalist and American Nazi rallies. Some say it celebrates the time of slavery.”

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After the segment briefly noted Republicans like Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Senator Ted Cruz blasting Nike’s decision, fill-in co-host Kristen Welker urged Gosk to elaborate on the flag’s alleged offensiveness: “But, Steph, look, this isn’t the first time this Betsy Ross flag has been at the center of controversy, right?” Gosk responded:

Yeah, there has been some limited controversy. There was a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan that was sending out flyers in upstate New York...
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