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During the Days After 9/11
ABC News Discouraged the Wearing of American Flag Pins by Reporters-Truth
A boycott of the ABC
television network is encouraged because the executives at ABC
news are said to have told reporters they could not wear American
flag lapel pins or any other patriotic insignia. The network
said that ABC should remain as neutral as possible.
The terrorist attacks on America of September 11, 2001 resulted in
a wave of patriotism that had not been seen in decades. The
shared enthusiasm for the country and the flag were strong and
It created difficulties for reporters, however,
who try to professionally earn and keep people's trust by avoiding
personal partisan displays while reporting the news.
not only ABC but many other media outlets who struggled with
trying to preserve their image as journalists while at the same
time trying to avoid seeming unpatriotic in the crisis.
Associated Press writer David Bauder quoted Barbara Walters as
saying that ABC discouraged its reporters from wearing the flag
because "...it may confuse the audience."
She was also quoted as saying that there was concern whether
someone who decided not to wear a flag in the midst of all the
others might be viewed as less patriotic.
Last updated 04/19/02
A real example of the story as it has
Yesterday, the brass at ABC News issued orders
forbidding reporters to wear lapel pin American flags or other patriotic
insignia. Their reasoning was that ABC should remain neutral about
"causes". Since when is support for preventing our death &
destruction some sort of a cause? Since when is patriotism to be
discouraged. I urge you to boycott ABC and its sponsors and affiliates.
Please forward this to as many as you can.
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