Yesterday, I covered the Millions Vet march, which was a great rally urging this administration to re-open the Veterans memorials. Did I see any confederates? No. Yet, there was ONE person that waved a Confederate flag, which has the liberal media foaming at the mouth.
Is this the best thing to do at a Veterans rally? No. Does it create bad optics? Possibly. No, it does, but what about the media turning a blind eye to the serial rapes occurring in Occupy Wall Street camps across the country? That's worse than one person waving a flag. Nevertheless, the hit pieces rolled out.
Dana Loesch posted on RedState that:
CNN published an article this morning purposefully painting the Million Veterans’s March as a “group of conservatives” who are basically birthers and racists and hate Obama. They completely ignored that this was a march organized by veterans for veterans to reclaim their right to visit open air memorials that they mostly funded themselves. No where in this article does CNN even identify the name of the march:
Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.
Wait, it gets worse.
[From CNN] The rally, billed as the “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” drew far fewer than a million people and evolved into a protest that resembled familiar tea party events from 2009, with yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags throughout the crowd and strong anti-Obama language from the podium and the audience.
As Loesch noted, "when Harry Reid called conservatives anarchists last week and other Democrats name-called conservatives as Nazis and murderers in their tantrum over spending."
Of course, Salon was all over this, but will the media smear veterans as racist in order to save Obama? After all, the press can't do any of that investigative stuff due to the administration's crusade against leakers and the journalists that report on it.
Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press." The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration's secrecy, "but he has fallen short of his promise."
"In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press," wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. "The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate."
Nevertheless, the media is still in love with the president.
In all, this unfortunate incident may have caused a slight bump in the road concerning the optics of this rally. Yet, was this person a left-wing plant? Last July, Renee Vaughan decided it was cool to pull this ridiculous prank at a pro-George Zimmerman rally during the Trayvon Martin fiasco. So, it's not out of the question.
We should expect more media drivel over this minor Confederate flag incident. At the same time, the differences between this rally and that of Occupy's is something we should exploit. I recently posted about DC riot police trying to disrupt the protest outside the White House. In this video, at around 3:37, you can hear protestors advising their fellow patriots to "keep it [the rally] peaceful now...to remain calm." Also, you can hear one protestor telling the rest that "they [ the police] have families to go home too." Now, that's anti-Occupy Wall Street. That's being peaceful, respectful, and empathetic. Granted, you can hear a few people calling this move by the police an act of tyranny, but in the end – the police withdrew.
If the media, is going to focus on a few extremists saying crazy things at a rally; then they haven't been to many political rallies. You're always going to attract those sorts of people – and they have a constitutional right to exercise free speech. Yet, the vast majority of the protestors were there to support the veterans – and shame on the media if they choose to omit that point.
At the same time, there's a LONG list of felonious activity the media should be ashamed of concerning their coverage of Occupy.