We brought you the story yesterday of The New York Times editorial board’s Mara Gay, who is also an MSNBC analyst, asserting that American flags were “just disturbing.”
What she said was very clear.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 8, 2021
She basically called tens of millions of Trump voters racists, said we have to figure out how to “separate America from whiteness.”
“I was on Long Island this weekend … and I was really disturbed. I saw dozens & dozens of pickup trucks w/ explicatives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, in some cases just dozens of American flags, which, you know, is also just disturbing, because essentially, the message is clear, it was, this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.”
But now, the New York Times is trying to spin past this, with this ridiculous tweet, claiming she was being taken out of context.
New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith.
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 8, 2021
“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith.” They called out their PR department to handle the blowback. It took them all day and this was the best they could come up with?
No, it was completely clear in context; you can’t slip out of it that way. The context actually makes it worse. Not only is it clear that she was falsely accusing 74 million Americans of being racists, but she was attacking America itself, not just its flag. Not to mention her attack, not on white
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