When Patriotism Goes Truly Blind

Guess who's not wearing a flag lapel pin.
Mark Nickolas observed over at Political Base that John McCain hasn't worn an American flag lapel pin since securing the Republican presidential nomination on March 4. (Nickolas has the AP wire photos for proof!)

This comes on the heels of Charlie Gibson doing his best Sean Hannity impression at last night's debate, when he piggybacked on a question about the American flag, adding: "It's something of a theme that Senators Clinton and McCain's advisers agree could give you a major vulnerability if you're the candidate in November. How do you convince Democrats that this would not be a vulnerability?"

Now, I can't imagine that FOX News will suddenly start questioning McCain's patriotism because he doesn't wear a flag pin—that would mean an end to their hypocrisy on this non-issue. But if they did call out McCain, does that mean FOX's newest imitator ABC would as well?
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.
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