In now-deleted tweets, a reporter for the British Broadcasting Company claimed that he spotted a Trump flag that somehow resembled the second official flag of the Confederacy flying outside the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. Savvy social media users quickly responded that it was a Christian flag instead.
This erroneous conclusion perhaps gives an entirely new meaning to the term false flag.
In a follow-up tweet, BBC Senior North American reporter and Texas native Anthony Zurcher, whose Twitter bio indicates that he “explains U.S. politics to Brits,” seemed to acknowledge that it wasn’t a banner, as it were, for accuracy. The backup Confederate flag circa 1863 was known as the “Stainless Banner.”
“Deleting an earlier tweet about what looked like a Trump flag at a rally outside CPAC, but may have been the Christian flag that had gotten partially wrapped around its poll,” Zurcher wrote, with a misuse of the word “poll” instead of pole.
Deleting an earlier tweet about what looked like a Trump flag at a rally outside CPAC, but may have been the Christian flag that had gotten partially wrapped around its poll. pic.twitter.com/jdZU1TJkpz
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) February 27, 2021
Corporate media journalists have a tendency to cover right-leaning news events with a preconceived narrative, especially but not limited to when there is any potential connection to President Donald Trump. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, as the saying goes.
The BBC is a left-wing network roughly equivalent to NPR in America that is primarily funded by an increasingly controversial television license fee levied on U.K. residents.
Twitter set the record straight. Here is a sampling:
“May have been”
— Jordan Lewis (@jordanthelawyer) February 27, 2021
“A Texan who explains US politics to Brits” And doesn’t know what a confederate flag looks like. Ok. Good luck Brits.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) February 27, 2021
Pretty sure that’s the Christian Flag, designed in 1907 by the superintendent of a Sunday school in Brooklyn, New York, and used since by denominations including Anglican, Lutheran, and Presbyterian. pic.twitter.com/qg2IIsqxr5
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) February 27, 2021
Just gonna skip right over the wild Confederate flag theory that was at the heart of your deleted tweets, right? No need to fess up if you pretend it didn’t happen. pic.twitter.com/wjF0FFNR1g
— Damin Toell (@damintoell) February 27, 2021
CPAC is triggering literally everyone and I love it
— the Sour Patch princess 🐸 (@sourpatchlyds) February 27, 2021
How lazy and ignorant is the junior BBC North American reporter if this sloppy fool is “Senior”? Also, “pole”.
— 100 Proof 🥃 (@ChampionCapua) February 27, 2021
Quit making excuses. You mistook a common flag, seen outside churches all over America, for one of your sweaty fantasies about your political opponents.
You sound like a world class expert at explaining “US politics to Brits.”
— Cruadin (@cruadin) February 27, 2021
You report better when you put on your glasses and stop thinking about Trump 24/7.
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) February 27, 2021
I don’t hear the words, “I was wrong and hateful.” in this correction.
— Glenn #resistance (@GlennMDickson) February 27, 2021
You see what you want to see.
— Turtledove (@TurtledoveJB) February 27, 2021
Wow you really owned the cons with that one!
— Johnny Utah (@JohnnyU2019) February 27, 2021
So basically you didn’t know what a #Christian flag looked like and jumped the gun straight to ‘racism’.
Crack an encyclopedia. This is the way.#Hack
— Cobra Commander 🌎 (@Commander_Krake) February 27, 2021
You obviously are unfamiliar with…(checks notes) the religion and it’s symbols of the vast majority of your countrymen. But by all means, explain us to the BBC.
— Dr. The Old Knickerbocker (@Dexpectations12) February 27, 2021
#Triggered #BBC #reporter #covering #CPAC #mistakes #Christian #flag #2nd #official #flag #Confederacy