On Memorial Day, Fox News replayed a short video that originally aired on The O’Reilly Factor a few weeks ago, where their roving reporter, Jesse Watters, went looking for people to answer the question, “Are you a proud American?” In doing so, Watters proved that he, and his employer, have no clue of what patriotism really is.
The video opens with Watters asking the question to a young man who tells him, “I’m more or less indifferent to my being an American.” Watters replies, “Syria’s nice this time of year.” Because to Fox News, obviously anyone who is indifferent about living in the United States should automatically move to a war torn country run by a cruel dictator. ‘Murika!
The remainder of Watters’ video involves him asking people to do things like recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or sing the Star Spangled Banner. One man who is asked to recite the pledge tells Watters that he doesn’t pledge allegiance to the flag. “Is that patriotism? Am I lacking that?” the man asks. “I would say so,” Watters replies.
This is what passes as patriotism in the Fox/right wing world. Love of symbols. Being able to recite things. Pounding your chest and proclaiming that America is the bestest country in the whole world!
Conservatives will say, “Lighten up! It’s supposed to be funny!” It’s true that any number of camera crews have taken to the streets, asking people questions that they have no clue about. But has anyone else framed people’s lack of knowledge about trivial things to be “unpatriotic?” Not that I can recall.
This video proves that, once again, Fox News, as well as their viewers, really have no concept of what patriotism really is. Watters wouldn’t dare ask questions that would reveal whether the people he talked to have knowledge of important American subjects, such as “What court ruling declared that corporations are people?” The average Fox viewer probably wouldn’t know the answer to those, either. Then it wouldn’t be funny. But poking fun at people who don’t know the words of the national anthem? Hilarious.
Here’s the video, via Fox News:
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