The left-wing media has worked itself into such a tizzy over imagining Tea Party racism that it seems willing to jump on anything that might just possibly look like proof of racism, at least, if you squint just right and really, really want it to be.
We start here, at Little Green Footballs, at a post that highlights a slime of a man that the left is going out of its way to pretend is the “founder” of the Tea Party movement, despite the fact that he has no involvement other than buying up any domain names related to the phrase “Tea Party” and seeking to sell them to the highest bidder. But this person, who has been denounced by every Tea Party groups out there, and has no affiliation with any of them, despite his ownership of Tea Party related domain names, is the only evidence of racism at the hands of Tea Partiers that the left can really find.
The link in the comment goes to this image:
Note that Johnson is “pretty sure” that the flag is some sort of Neo-Nazi symbol.
The discussion goes on for several comments. Johnson observes:
It looks very similar to the “triskele” symbol:
I still think it’s probably the Y-flag used by some obscure group in California.
Might it be one of these triskelion designs? [Link: www.adl.org…]
Well, guess what? Johnson believes that everyone who lives in the State of Tennessee is a neo-Nazi. The flag in question:
Well, Johnson apparently found out that Zip had called him on his agtiprop FAIL, and he posted this sad excuse of a rebuttal:
In the post to which Reynolds links, “Weasel Zippers” took a screenshot of a comment I posted here at LGF, asking if a flag seen in a tea party video might be a neo-Nazi flag — and then ignored the comments that followed minutes later in the same thread, in which I clearly concluded that the flag was a Tennessee flag.
Well, maybe Zip did ignore the posts in which the astute Johnson concluded that the flag in question was, in fact, the Tennessee flag. But Zip also ignored the preceding comments in which Johnson was searching websites of neo-Nazi symbols in an effort to prove how racist the evil, hateful teabaggers are instead of relying upon that most basic tool of the modern journalism: Google. Searching for a basic description of the flag in question, “red flag three stars,” brings up the “Flag of Tennessee” article on Wikipedia as the top hit.
In short, by simply do a search for a description of the flag, Johnson could have found out what it was and been done with it. But instead, he jumped to a predetermined conclusion (That flag must be a Nazi symbol!) and announced his suspicion to his fellow commentors, who fell over themselves looking for a “hate symbol” that matched the image, and thus their political propaganda.
Zip pwnxors Johnson on this point:
Naturally he missed the entire point of this post, which was to mock him for seeing Nazis and racists behind every Tea Party bush. All he had to do was a two second Google search of “red flag with three stars” instead of making an ass of himself for the millionth time (thanks JCM).
The left is desperate to smear the Tea Party any way they can, even if it includes casting a state flag as a neo-Nazi symbol so they can find evidence of “hate” where there isn’t any.