Ashamed of the USA?! Media’s 20 Worst Anti-American Outbursts


The overwhelming majority of People will spend this Independence Day weekend taking pleasure of their nation as they rejoice the freedoms established by the Founding Fathers.

Nevertheless, there are some journalists who’re embarrassed by the USA. A few of them even appear to take pleasure in truly shaming the nation.    

Over time, the Media Analysis Middle has caught journalists ridiculing and deriding America. The next is a countdown of the Media’s 20 Worst Anti-American Outbursts (as culled from the MRC’s archives):


20. Hope You Had A Completely happy Fourth of July, Too

“Oh say, we have seen an excessive amount of. The Star-Spangled Banner pushes like a cough via America’s mouth and the twilight’s final gleaming is simply that, a sickly flash above our heads as we journey unsuspecting within the bellies of modern trains, plop to our knees in church buildings, embracing truths that disgust us.”
Boston Globe arts critic and poet Patricia Smith in The Nation’s “Patriotism” concern, July 15/22, 1991.


19. Respecting Anthem = Racism



“A number of the phrases of the Nationwide Anthem are white supremacist….I believe it is a nation whose historical past is racist, whose historical past is steeped in white supremacy, and the anthem displays that in its very phrases.” 
Detroit Free Press author Stephen Henderson on NBC’s Meet the Press, September 24, 2017.


18. Now Is the A part of the Debate The place You Ought to Dump on America 

“Governor Romney, Daniel Duchovnik [ph] from Walnut Creek, California needs to know, ‘What do you dislike most about America?’”
— On-line query chosen by The Politico’s Jim VandeHei to pose to the Republican presidential candidates at their Might 3, 2007 MSNBC debate.


17. Liberal Radio Host: It Pains Me to Chant “U.S.A!” 

“As I’ve grown older, I discover my ‘U.S.A.!’-chanting reflex more and more interrupted by pangs of discomfort, and never as a result of I’m ashamed of our nation or our Olympians….Missed within the ensuing red-white-and-blue hoopla, in fact, is the truth that we aren’t so distinctive outdoors the Olympic village….We aren’t gold, silver and even bronze medalists relating to healthcare; sadly, we’re thirty ninth for toddler mortality, forty third for feminine mortality, forty second for grownup male mortal-ity….If we do stand atop a dais anyplace aside from at a sporting occasion, it’s for army spending, carbon emissions and incarceration charges.”
— Colorado radio host David Sirota in an August 1, 2012 piece for, “Don’t chant ‘U.S.A.!’ It’s liberal People’ Olympic dilemma: How do they root for his or her countrymen with out being jingoistic?”


16. Ringing the Bells of Jingoism 

“The professional-American method is one NBC hardly ever detours from. It’s within the DNA of Olympic broadcasting. Networks all over the world with the rights to the Video games can toll their jingo bells after they please. And it’s simpler to interview your individual nation’s athletes, particularly if language boundaries exist. Nonetheless, there needs to be a greater option to current these tales with out a lot American navel-gazing.”
New York Occasions sports activities/TV columnist Richard Sandomir in an August 17, 2016 column.


15. Embarrassed by the Star Spangled Banner 



“I imply, when you concentrate on it, it’s ‘bombs bursting in air,’ ‘rocket’s pink glare,’ it’s every kind of — you realize loads of nationwide anthems are that manner, too — every kind of army jargon, and the land — there’s just one phrase ‘the land of the free,’ which is form of good, and ‘the house of the courageous?’ I don’t know….Are we [Americans] the one ones who’re courageous on the planet? I imply, ‘all of the courageous folks reside right here.’ I imply, it’s simply silly, I believe. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed each time I hear it.”
— Former CNN and MSNBC host Invoice Press on his Full Court docket Press nationally-syndicated radio present, June 5, 2012.


14. Despising the Stars and Stripes 

“My daughter, who goes to Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty solely blocks from the World Commerce Middle, thinks we must always fly an American flag out our window. Positively not, I say: The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and conflict. She tells me I’m fallacious — the flag means standing collectively and honoring the lifeless and saying no to terrorism. In a manner we’re each proper….[The flag] has to bear a variety of meanings, from easy, dignified sorrow to the violent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry that has already resulted in homicide, vandalism and arson across the nation and harassment on New York Metropolis streets and campuses.”
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt in an October 8, 2001 column.


13. Pink, White, and Scary 

“A pal of ours, a distinguished member of the ‘liberal media,’ wrote to the pinnacle of our children’ faculty final week suggesting that college students spend extra time with the Pledge of Allegiance and The Star-Spangled Banner. The principal agreed. Our 10-year-old daughter requested her mom if we may put a flag on our automobile. My spouse reluctantly agreed, however hasn’t procured the flag but….My spouse primarily shares our daughter’s emotions. However for her, the image of the flag was appropriated in her youth by counter-protesters who used it to disclaim the patriotism of the conflict’s opponents. Flag-waving feels aggressive to her.”
— Former CBS Night Information producer Dick Meyer in a commentary posted October 1, 2001 on


12. Taking Again the Flag  



“I made a decision to placed on my flag pin tonight — first time. Till now I haven’t thought it essential to show a little bit metallic icon of patriotism for everybody to see….I put it on to take it again. The flag’s been hijacked and changed into a brand – the trademark of a monopoly on patriotism….Once I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I consider the time in China after I noticed Mao’s Little Pink Guide on each official’s desk, omnipresent and unread. However extra galling than something are all these moralistic ideologues in Washington sporting the flag of their lapels whereas writing books and operating Web pages and publishing magazines attacking dissenters as un-American….I put it on to remind myself that not each patriot thinks we must always do to the folks of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us.”
— Invoice Moyers on PBS’s Now, February 28, 2003.


11. Completely happy Independence Day, America Sucks 

“We all know what July 4th is. What about July fifth? After the fireworks, the music, the rhetoric of freedom what then?…What sort of nation does our flag fly over now? Not a much less harmless one, as a result of American innocence was by no means the reality. Not one much less reluctant to go to conflict with out a good cause, as a result of now we have foolishly credited dangerous causes prior to now. However now the nation lacks even that. As our President demonstrated final week, now we have turn out to be a individuals who wage endless conflict killing and maiming our younger ones and theirs with out being remotely capable of say why.”
— Columnist James Carroll within the July 5, 2005 Boston Globe.


10. Nationwide Anthem Is “Powerful to Take” 



Co-host Sara Haines: “To Consultant Crenshaw, who says, you realize, that is the fundamental factor of an Olympian, to characterize the nation, Gwen Berry is representing the nation. She’s questioning an American anthem that possibly doesn’t characterize all folks within the nation.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg: “Within the upcoming days, we’ll play you the American anthem and allow you to see what you consider it. As a result of there’s some stuff in there that makes it a little bit bit powerful to take.”
— Dialogue about Olympian Gwen Barry protesting the Nationwide Anthem, ABC’s The View, June 29.


9. Editor: I Wish to Burn the Flag 

“If the U.S. Senate follows its foolish siblings within the Home of Representatives and votes for a ban on burning the American flag, I’m going to burn one. It by no means occurred to me to burn a flag — besides in some flag-retiring ceremony — however simply the concept Congress has nothing higher to do than spend time on this nutty concern makes me wish to burn one.”
— Linda Grist Cunningham, Govt Editor of the Rockford Register Star in Illinois, in a June 26, 2005 column.


8. Let’s Shred the Structure!

“The framers weren’t gods and weren’t infallible. Sure, they gave us, and the world, a blueprint for the safety of democratic freedoms — freedom of speech, meeting, faith — however in addition they gave us the concept a black individual was three-fifths of a human being, that girls weren’t allowed to vote and that South Dakota ought to have the identical variety of Senators as California, which is form of loopy….If the Structure was meant to restrict the federal authorities, it positive would not say so.”
Time managing editor Richard Stengel within the journal’s July 4, 2011 version, which featured an image of the U.S. Structure going via a shredder with the headline, “Does It Nonetheless Matter?”


7. Submit-9/11 Flag-Waving “Generally a Cousin to Intolerance” 

“The CNN movie [The Flag], primarily based on a ebook by David Good friend, focuses on the smudged American flag that three firefighters raised via the mud of the collapsed buildings at floor zero late within the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001. {A photograph} of the flag elevating taken by Thomas E. Franklin of the New Jersey newspaper The Report grew to become a heartening, patriotic image for a lot of on an in any other case terrible day….[But] the photographer rebelled at efforts to make him a celeb, and so did the three firefighters. A plan to show the {photograph} right into a sculpture grew to become a supply of controversy. Nationwide, flag-waving was generally a cousin to intolerance.”
— From New York Occasions critic Neil Genzlinger’s September 4, 2013 evaluate of CNN’s The Flag.


6. Overlook In regards to the “Terse and Previous” Founding Paperwork 

“The USA Structure is terse and outdated, and it ensures comparatively few rights….The Structure is out of step with the remainder of the world in failing to guard, not less than in so many phrases, a proper to journey, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to meals, schooling and well being care. It has its idiosyncrasies. Solely two % of the world’s constitutions defend, because the Second Modification does, a proper to bear arms. (Its brothers in arms are Guatemala and Mexico.)”
New York Times Supreme Court docket reporter Andrew Liptak in a front-page February 7, 2012  “Sidebar” information evaluation, “We the Individuals Loses Enchantment with Individuals Across the World.”


5. American Revolution = “Monumental Mistake” 

“American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake….I’m fairly assured a world during which the revolution by no means occurred can be higher than the one we reside in now, for 3 essential causes: Slavery would’ve been abolished earlier, American Indians would’ve confronted rampant persecution however not the outright ethnic cleaning Andrew Jackson and different American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of presidency….Authorities spending in parliamentary international locations is about 5 % of GDP increased.”
— Dylan Matthews in a July 2, 2015 submit on “3 causes the American Revolution was a mistake.”


4. Triggered By the American Flag 



“We now have tens of hundreds of thousands of Trump voters who proceed to consider that their rights as residents are underneath risk by easy advantage of getting to share the democracy with others. I believe so long as they see Americanness as the identical as one with whiteness, that is going to proceed….I used to be on Lengthy Island this weekend, visiting a extremely expensive pal. And I used to be actually disturbed. I noticed, you realize, dozens and dozens of pickup vans with you realize, expletives towards Joe Biden on the again of them, Trump flags, and in some circumstances, simply dozens of American flags, which you realize can also be simply disturbing, as a result of primarily the message was clear: ‘That is my nation. This isn’t your nation. I personal this.’”
New York Times editorial board member Mara Homosexual on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 8, 2021. 


3. Standing For Nationwide Anthem is “Affirmation of American Empire” 

“It’s a political assertion to pledge allegiance to the flag. It’s a political assertion to face for the singing of the Nationwide Anthem. The very fact is, Colin Kaepernick and me and lots of different folks merely have completely different politics. It’s not impartial to pledge allegiance or sing the Nationwide Anthem. It’s an affirmation of the American empire.”
— Political analyst Marc Lamont Hill on CNN Newsroom, September 23, 2017.


2. “Uncomfortable” With Calling Veterans “Heroes” 



“I believe it is extremely troublesome to speak concerning the conflict lifeless and the fallen with out invoking valor, with out invoking the phrases ‘heroes.’… I really feel comfy — ah, uncomfortable, concerning the phrase ‘hero’ as a result of it appears to me that it’s so rhetorically proximate to justifications for extra conflict, and I don’t wish to clearly desecrate or disrespect reminiscence of anybody that’s fallen, and clearly there are particular person circumstances in which there’s real and great heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow troopers and issues like that. However it appears to me that we marshal this phrase in a manner that’s problematic. However possibly I’m fallacious about that.”
— Host Chris Hayes speaking about “The That means of Memorial Day” on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes, Might 27, 2012.


1. July 4th, MSNBC-Fashion: “Imperialism, Genocide, Slavery” 



“The land on which they [the Founders] fashioned this Union was stolen. The fingers with which they constructed this nation had been enslaved. The ladies who birthed the residents of the nation are second class….That is the imperfect cloth of our nation, at occasions we’ve torn and stained it, and at different moments, we mend and restore it. However it’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, additionally the liberation and the hope and the deeply American perception that our greatest days nonetheless lie forward of us.”
— MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on her eponymous July 1, 2012 program, delivering what she referred to as “my footnote for the Fourth of July.”