WashPost's Express Tabloid Marks Flag Day With Illegal Immigrant Rally Pic
The Washington Post publishes a weekday free commuter tabloid called Express, which is distributed throughout the Washington, D.C., area, particularly at Metrorail stations and bus shelters. Towards the back of each issue, there is a section called "Look Out," which has, among other things, horoscopes, comics, and a section called "Today in History."
The "Today in History" section in the June 14 edition of Express mentioned that in 1777, "The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national flag," which is the reason why June 14 is known as Flag Day. Accompanying the feature is a picture of a young man holding the American flag.
With the assistance of Google, I found that the picture was taken at a "immigration rally" that took place in Washington, DC on June 2nd. The photographer is Brendan Smialowski of Getty Images. The original caption for the photo said, "Activists chant during an immigration rally outside the US Capitol June 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. Organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, immigration activists rallied before the Senate returned from their recess."
The rally was more than just an "immigration rally." It was organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, and it advocated amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Of all the photographs that the staff at Express could have chosen, they choose one from a pro-illegal immigration rally.
The regular Washington Post only briefly mentions the fact that today is Flag Day on page C-14, in its "KidsPost" section. I guess the Post thinks that people stop caring about things like Flag Day when they grow up.
It goes to show that even with mundane things like a "Today in History" feature, the mainstream media just can’t help to be biased.