NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro doesn’t stand for our national anthem and won’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because he places his position as a “journalist” above love of county. But, one wonders, does Shapiro understand that without this country he wouldn’t be free to be a journalist?
On his NPR blog, Shapiro was thoroughly pleased with himself for imagining that a job was more important than his country, so much so that he thought enlightening the world with the debate on his Twitter account over his lack of patriotism was warranted.
The NPR reporter noted that at a recent Romney rally he was one of a few people who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. He proceeded to tweet about his disinterest in demonstrating loyalty to our flag and quickly found that many of his followers agreed with him.
Surely a (somewhat) public figure in American life wouldn’t want to advertise such a lack of respect for our traditions, but there was a method to Shapiro’s madness. You see, Shapiro had a goal in mind for his piece. It comes at its end: he takes the opportunity to bash Romney for politicizing the Pledge. Clearly, Irony is not Mr. Shapiro’s strong-suit.
Of course, Shapiro has become an expert at bashing Romney. You may recall back in the first week of August when Shapiro helped mold NPR’s coverage into an Obama Super PAC-style advertisement for the President’s reelection by logging a very misleading report on Romney’s tax ideas.
But more outrageously, it was Ari Shapiro who was one of those “reporters” caught on an open mic colluding with each other on the best way to attack Mitt Romney over his statement on Egypt on August 12.
Shapiro may not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, but he won’t sit down when there’s bashing of Republicans to be done.