Saturday, September 06, 2008

Kay Brooks Appears to Have Been Caught Up in a Lie

An Enclave reader referred me to information that completely contradicts the Republican source on whom former Metro School Board Member Kay Brooks relied for her mistaken assumption that Democrats threw American flags away:
"All of the flags at Invesco were picked up and put in bags and into storage, along with the unused flags and campaign signs. The flags were going to be donated, and the signs were going to be sent out to be used elsewhere," the [Democratic Party] official said, speaking anonymously since he was not authorized to talk to the press ....

DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney issues a statement: "American flags were proudly waved by the 75,000 people who joined Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention. John McCain should applaud that, but instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism. On the same day he agrees to join Barack Obama at Ground Zero on September 11, John McCain attacks the patriotism of Obama supporters who so proudly waved the American flag at our historic event in Denver just days ago."

Another statement from the Democratic National Convention Committee: "Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention - the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It's disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it's sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt."

So, it comes down to the Republican Party's word against the Democratic Party's word with no independent or neutral corroborating proof. Since the alleged violators are innocent until proven guilty and since the Republicans are prone to say whatever they want true or false about their opponents, I'm going to take the Dems word over it.

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