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MSNBC Anchor: Palin‘s Use of American Flag Could be ’Breach of Federal Law’
The Blaze ^ | June 1, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl

Posted on 06/01/2011 9:34:10 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot

Martin Bashir, it seems, is not a fan of Sarah Palin. And during his MSNBC show and “Clear the Air” segment, he went looking for a way to roast the possible 2012 candidate who is now on a national bus tour. So what tool did he use to blast the woman even many of her detractors see as patriotic? The American flag.

According to Bashir, Palin could be breaking the law by displaying the American flag on her tour bus:



Here’s what he had to say:

"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 display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States. Under standards of respect and etiquette, it’s 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. She’s using the flag of the United States for her own financial purposes. She drapes herself in the stars and stripes and makes millions of dollars in the process. This has got nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets. And by raising her profile, she raises her income. It is as simple as that. So she was right when she said that hers is not a campaign bus. It‘s a cash bus and she’ll keep it rolling for as long as she can."

NewsBusters quickly takes Bashir to task, especially reminding him that the U.S. Flag Code is not federal law:

"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."

The Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan organization that provides legal analysis to members of Congress, clarified that observance of the Flag Code is “purely voluntary” in a 2008 congressional report: “While wearing the colors may be in poor taste and offensive to many, it is important to remember that the Flag Code is intended as a guide to be followed on a purely voluntary basis to insure proper respect for the flag.”

Considering Palin’s profile has been raised so much in the last week, she can expect attacks like this from the left. But attacks like this are a weak attempt at a nuanced smear campaign.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: comcast; flagetiquette; gregoryswife; msdnc; msnbc; nbccoverup; notaxes4ge; palin; pds; sarahpalin; waronsarah
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Now they are suddenly concerned about the American flag...
1 posted on 06/01/2011 9:34:14 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Seidl needs to talk to the HAND...


2 posted on 06/01/2011 9:36:03 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

I recommended that they display a burning Koran to her PAC....


3 posted on 06/01/2011 9:36:23 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You know if I donÂ’t remember IÂ’m gonna forget.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

On top of that, I don’t SEE a flag. I see red & white stripes.


4 posted on 06/01/2011 9:36:56 AM PDT by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

When I first heard reference to this pronouncement a couple of days ago, I thought “Who is Martin Bashir? Is that some kind of terrorist?”

I guess my first thought were right.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 9:37:06 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: FortWorthPatriot
This will go nowhere. Obama used a facsimile of the flag on his logo too.
6 posted on 06/01/2011 9:37:33 AM PDT by lucky american (I'm tired.)
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To: hosepipe

Yet ANOTHER concern troll. It’s comforting to know that so many media folks are watching her back.


7 posted on 06/01/2011 9:37:54 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Trains. Who'll remember the ones who only rode in them to die? Al Stewart)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

1) Bunting is not a flag.

2) Should NBC remove the flag(s) from in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza since NBC is a commercial enterprise?


8 posted on 06/01/2011 9:37:54 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: FortWorthPatriot
PALINPHOBIA
9 posted on 06/01/2011 9:38:36 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: FortWorthPatriot

10 posted on 06/01/2011 9:38:41 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=breach%20federal


11 posted on 06/01/2011 9:38:52 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
F U M B
effin brit
12 posted on 06/01/2011 9:39:00 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Martin Bashir is a break of Natural Law.

Just sayin...


13 posted on 06/01/2011 9:39:06 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Rebelbase

Beat me to it.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 9:39:08 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: KeepUSfree

That’s what I see as well. They gotta find something, you know.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 9:39:24 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

And this is why no one is watching MSNBC.......


16 posted on 06/01/2011 9:40:01 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

To quote Doc Holiday from Tombstone, “My hypocrisy knows no bounds.”


17 posted on 06/01/2011 9:40:06 AM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

She has these presstitute squirrels showing their nuts more an more every day.....awesome !

They are scared to death of this woman an I am loving every minute of their panic an posing !

Sarah 2012 !!!


18 posted on 06/01/2011 9:40:18 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Martin Bashir

How does someone of this intellect even get to be on TV?

19 posted on 06/01/2011 9:40:32 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
This is taking PDS to a whole new level.

PDS+

20 posted on 06/01/2011 9:41:09 AM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin, driving the MSM crazy one day at a time.)
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To: hosepipe
Seidl needs to talk to the HAND...

More like the closed fist...
21 posted on 06/01/2011 9:41:22 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

You know what? I did a search. It didn’t come back with any matching results. So I posted.

Arrest me.


22 posted on 06/01/2011 9:41:24 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: lucky american
This will go nowhere. Obama used a facsimile of the flag on his logo too.

But Sarah Palin isn't running for president. Or she is running for president. Or she's manipulating us to think that she is. Or that she isn't. Or something.

23 posted on 06/01/2011 9:42:09 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: Rebelbase

Too bad a lightning bolt didn’t come down at that moment and fry that commie rat bastard.


24 posted on 06/01/2011 9:42:32 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Aw Jeez, not this story posted again.


25 posted on 06/01/2011 9:42:32 AM PDT by McGruff (Run Sarah, Run. Restore this country to what it once was.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
PMSLSD would never improperly use, by Bashit's standards, the American Flag.


26 posted on 06/01/2011 9:42:35 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: McGruff

Refer to Post #22.


27 posted on 06/01/2011 9:43:51 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law

Jaw-dropping stupidity on so many levels.

People could learn more by hitting themselves in the head with a hammer than watching MSNBC and the twits they employ.

28 posted on 06/01/2011 9:43:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

The sudden concern shown by a liberal for the presentation of the US Flag is laudable...but somehow suspicious.

Unfortunately, I can’t write what I’d really like to write about this.


29 posted on 06/01/2011 9:44:16 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Now they are suddenly concerned about the American flag...

And, they are suddenly concerned about breach of federal law - oh, I forgot that is only a concern if it is a conservative.


30 posted on 06/01/2011 9:45:59 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

You know, you can take PMSNBC off the scan list on your TV. It’s easy and — trust me — you won’t miss it.


31 posted on 06/01/2011 9:46:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
NBC (MSDNC,GE), thy name is hypocrisy.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 9:46:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
He didn't complain last time it was done.

What an idiot.

33 posted on 06/01/2011 9:47:27 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Genoa

Pepsi uses it!
There is no flag, just red and white stripes.


34 posted on 06/01/2011 9:48:09 AM PDT by lucky american (I'm tired.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

That isn’t a flag on her bus, it is a painting of a flag. Commercial purposes? On a bus tour?


35 posted on 06/01/2011 9:49:25 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW!)
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To: Roccus

You MUST understand... what’s legal for DemWits is often illegal for GOPers. What’s wrong for GOPers is OK for DemWits. Ferinstance: Rep. Anthony Weiner has nothing to fear from his Twitter drama. A GOP politician would have to resign, as some have. When you have no standards, you are held to none... at least by the Drive-bys.


36 posted on 06/01/2011 9:49:40 AM PDT by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Someone at MSNBC recognizes what the US Flag looks like?


37 posted on 06/01/2011 9:50:54 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: FortWorthPatriot
When I came across this article earlier, I thought it was so funny that I assumed I had inadvertently clicked on my bookmark for The Onion. What a hoot!
38 posted on 06/01/2011 9:53:57 AM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: FortWorthPatriot

That is not a true American flag, it is only stripes of colors.

MSM complains about stripes, but it is okay to trample, burn, pee on, or not bother saluting the flag.(see Obama) Hypocritical morons.


39 posted on 06/01/2011 9:54:46 AM PDT by madison10
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To: zimfam007

Sounds like Bashir is in search of a ‘reconing’. Sure we could arrange one.


40 posted on 06/01/2011 10:01:37 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Yeah, isn’t it funny how they are “all about” protecting the flag...when it is someone “not of them”...

Thing is - the flag-like representation does not fall under the use laws regarding the flag.

But these scumbags would say Palin is disqualified if she had a hang nail...

The vitriol is unbelievable. How can people have that much hate for ANYONE, short of someone who stole their favorite puppy and tortured it to death....???


41 posted on 06/01/2011 10:03:53 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: TheBattman
It is bad flag etiquette to have the flag on paper plates, napkins, and all kind of things, this is ridiculous. It's unbelievable how much they hate her, and by extrapolation, fear her ...
42 posted on 06/01/2011 10:05:41 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: FortWorthPatriot

An illiterate twit hired for his British accent.


43 posted on 06/01/2011 10:15:15 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Rebelbase

I noticed he’s in an alley, too chicken to do it out in public.


44 posted on 06/01/2011 10:19:56 AM PDT by SkyDancer (It's not the police that protect our rights, it's our military)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

The fear, paranoia; and just raving madness they display is funny!


45 posted on 06/01/2011 10:21:51 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Well as Mark Twain said: “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”


46 posted on 06/01/2011 10:22:28 AM PDT by SkyDancer (It's not the police that protect our rights, it's our military)
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To: April Lexington

“How does someone of this intellect even get to be on TV?”

He wears smart glasses and talks with a limey accent so he clearly is smarter than anyone else at MSNBC.


47 posted on 06/01/2011 10:31:00 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Isn’t falsely accusing someone of committing a felony in fact a felony???? perhaps this little tidbit needs to be repeated, over and over again...


48 posted on 06/01/2011 10:33:27 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Bitsy

“suddenly concerned about breach of federal law”
That’s Rules for Radicals, “Make them play by their own rules,” or uphold their own standards, or something. The point is to keep us so busy chasing our tails that we don’t have time or resources to do anything else. The interesting thing is that, since we no longer respond to those stimuli (reverse Alinsky tactics), they’ll grasp at straws, continue to escalate their activity, and provide ample material for our amazement and amusement heh heh heh.
(When I first came here, I asked the FReepers for reading recommendations and action plans. They taught me a lot.)


49 posted on 06/01/2011 10:40:00 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You know if I donÂ’t remember IÂ’m gonna forget.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Rampant crime in America:

As with the Arizona shootings, there's only one solution - blame and then prosecute Sarah Palin.


50 posted on 06/01/2011 10:40:18 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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