New York Times Defends Editor’s Anti-Flag Comments As ‘Taken Out Of Context’

New York Times Defends Editor’s Anti-Flag Comments As ‘Taken Out Of Context’

The New York Times issued a statement Tuesday evening in defense of editorial board member Mara Gay’s outlandish comments about the American flag and white people, saying people are supposedly “ill-informed” of the actual context.

“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context,” the outlet’s communications department stated. “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 Times staffer said on MSNBC Tuesday she was angered when she saw “dozens of American flags” on trucks and argued that we need to “separate America from whiteness.”

“I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed,” Gay, who is also an MSNBC analyst, said. “I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear: It was, ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.'”

“And so until we’re ready to have that conversation, this is going to continue,” Gay continued. “What really is concerning to me as well is, it’s not just Democrats in Congress. I think there’s a large percentage of Americans, even some of my colleagues in journalism, who are invested in some way in pretending that this isn’t the threat that it is. That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get on board with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape.”

There were many who criticized how the Times responded to Gay’s controversial remarks.

The Federalist reached out to the Times for additional comment but did not immediately get a response.

Gabe Kaminsky is a senior contributor to The Federalist. His writing has appeared in RealClearPolitics, The American Conservative, the American Mind, the New York Post, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky and email tips to [email protected]
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