New York Times defends Mara Gray’s American flag comments

The New York Times is vigorously defending editorial board member Mara Gray after she was broadly ripped for saying she was “disturbed” at the sight of “dozens of American flags” flying in Long Island.

Gray had herself complained concerning the assaults that adopted her look on MSNBC early Tuesday through which she stated Trump supporters flew the flag to say that “this is my country … not your country.”

“I see I’m being trolled with the American flag this morning. Trolling a Black journalist with the American flag is not the own some people think it is,” the Times board member and MSNBC contributor tweeted.

After outrage grew all through the day, the Times’ PR team tweeted an announcement late Tuesday insisting that her clearly heard comments had been “irresponsibly taken out of context.”

“Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith,” the official New York Times Communications Twitter deal with wrote.

That defensive quickly grew to become the brand new focus of assault, with many sharing the clip of Gray’s interview to again up what she stated.

“Spin away — we heard her loud and clear,” former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly replied.

“I watched the entire interview. Nothing was taken out of context,” another follower wrote, whereas one individual tweeted, “It wasn’t in print and misconstrued, we all heard it.”

Long Island supporters of Donald Trump waive Trump flags and American flags.
The American flag “being used by people who also have Trump flags and want the US to be just for whites, is disturbing,” one twitter consumer wrote defending Mara Gray.
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Another Twitter consumer asked simply, “You know we heard the interview, right?”

“I’m not taking a position on whether her remarks were right/wrong/great/racist, but the spin you’re offering has very little to do with what she actually said,” tweeted a deal with referred to as Typos of the New York Times — additionally saying that the PR workforce’s message mustn’t have hyphenated “bad faith.”

Others in contrast the paper’s protection of Gray to the therapy of conservative voices there, most noticeably Bari Weiss, who resigned last year after alleging that she’d been bullied by her personal colleagues there.

“I don’t remember your defense of @bariweiss when she was mercilously attacked (by some of your own) yet someone else at the Times is rightfully called out for being triggered by the American flag and suddenly everyone else is *irresponsible*, *uninformed* & acting in *bad faith*,” wrote Joel Petlin, superintendent of the upstate Kiryas Joel School District.

Others, nonetheless, defended Gray and the Times’ PR response, saying that the board member was clearly referring to how the flags had been getting used alongside anti-President Biden messaging, too.

“The American flag is not disturbing, it being used by people who also have Trump flags and want the US to be just for whites, is disturbing,” @SpringF_kx wrote.

A car with a Trump flag and an American flag.
Some critics in contrast the New York Times’ protection of Mara Gray to their therapy of conservative voices.
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