Ever on the lookout for new ways to divide the country, America Live yesterday discussed how “some folks have noticed” that Americans at the Olympics are not shouting, “USA!” the way they used to. Also, the current uniforms don’t have the “Stars and Stripes look as much as they had in past years.” And while “everybody was so excited” about that great moment when gymnast Gabby Douglas won the gold medal – well, she wore hot pink instead of red, white and blue.
Guest host Alisyn Camerota said:
There was a proud moment at the Olympics yesterday when 16-year old Gabby Douglas won a gold medal in gymnastics. The crowd went wild with cheers – though we’re not hearing the chants of ‘USA, USA’ that we’ve heard in some Olympics gone by. And some folks have noticed that American athletes’ uniforms don’t carry the Stars and Stripes look as much as they had in past years. The famous flag-style outfits worn in years past replaced with yellow shirts, gray tracksuits, pink leotards. So how do we show our patriotism at the games?
Here’s a hint Ali: maybe by cheering on our athletes and their accomplishments rather than whining about their uniforms and questioning people's patriotistic expression.
Rather than interview somebody who might be in the know about the design of the uniforms and the behavior of the crowd, the only guest was David Webb, Tea Party radio host on Sirius/XM’s “Patriot” channel. The choice of Webb as guest was proof positive that Camerota and Fox were looking to politicize the Olympics rather than inform about them. Even though America Live, which airs from 1-3 PM ET, is supposed to be part of Fox News’ “objective news” programming.
Camerota next specifically fingered Gabby Douglas as a suspect in the case of the missing patriotic bona fides:
So, um, you know, Gabby had that great moment – everybody was so excited – and she’s in hot pink! And that’s her prerogative but there were, you know… (her voice trailed off).
Webb agreed the hot pink was Douglas’ prerogative. But, he added accusingly, “(G)ymnasts also adjust their uniforms within boundaries sometimes.” Of course, all the American gymnasts wore the same pink leotard. What was Gabby supposed to do, sew or paint stars and stripes on hers? Make her own out of a flag?
Webb, an African American who is often a designated black attacker on Fox, continued, “But look. Here we go. I’m proud to be an American… What’s wrong with showing pride? What we’re seeing is this kind of soft anti-American feeling that Americans can’t show our exceptionalism. And, frankly, if they are offended about our showing our exceptionalism, then they have that right and I don’t care. And neither do most Americans.”
Newsflash for Webb. Isn’t the best way to show “American exceptionalism” at the Olympics with athletic prowess? Or would Webb and Camerota have been happier if the Douglas had lost but shouted out “USA!” after performing on every apparatus?
Would it kill them to just duct tape a bald eagle to each arm and whistle the National Anthem while doing the backstroke? Why do they hate America so much??
U.S. Army IRFU
The Nike 2012 U.S. Olympic Team tracksuit design deserves a gold medal itself…
Let’s see here…the US Olympics athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to training and sacrifice so that they can excel as the best in the world and represent the US with honor vs. whining, right-wing propagandists full of divisive intent flapping their yaps from the comfort of the FOX “news” teevee studio. Hmm, hmm…
Yeah, it’s pretty damn clear just who’s the best example of American exceptionalism here. Webb and Camerota need to get a grip and say thank you to our athletes instead of trying to whip up bogus outrage against them.
We would make this short and sweet.
NOTE TO DAVID WEBB AND ALISYN CAMEROTA
Your hot air is causing global warming.
TRANSLATION: There’s too much brown/black — and not enough “Anglo-Saxon” — in the Team USA makeup . . .
How petty can the FoxGOPTV pukes and neocon/teabaggers get? I’ll tell you how.
This morning I watched Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in tennis to win the gold medal for the U.S. Serena Williams, an African-American had the nerve to beat a white Russian who has lived in the U.S. since she was 7 years old and has inspired hardons across America for the past 10 years. And during the medal ceremony as the National Anthem played, the camera stayed on Williams and G A S P!!!! she didn’t put her hand over her heart!!!!!! How soon before the FoxGOPTV pukes call her unAmerican and unpatriotic because she didn’t put her hand over her heart and ignore that she just won a gold medal for the U.S.? I give it a couple of hours.