Published On: Wed, Jun 1st, 2011

Martin Bashir, MSNBC host bashes Sarah Palin, American Flag


Martin Bashir bashed Sarah Palin during his MSNBC show and “Clear the Air” segment, “roasting” her national bus tour.

What did he attack: The American flag.

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

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.”

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