Remember all those American flags onstage during the first night of the Democrat convention?
That Democrats are allergic to the stars and stripes isn’t really a surprise. That being said, however, they did scramble to toss up a few token shows of patriotism for the second night.
The first-night snub of Old Glory was not missed, and the move was widely panned.
According to the Daily Caller, however, myth-busting site, Snopes.com, rushed to do damage control and stop the internet reports of that America-less first night.
First, the facts. TheDC reported on Monday about the lack of visible American flags at day one of the convention. Several flags were briefly on stage for the national anthem and pledge of allegiance, at which point they were carried off stage, as the C-SPAN video for Monday clearly shows at the 35:40 mark. Even PolitiFact, which tends to lean to the left, noted that “when the color guard left, so did the physical flag.” After that point, the stage was devoid of any American flags for the remainder of day one.
As reported by TheDC, the DNC added flags to the stage for the second day of the convention — Tuesday, July 26. That same day, Snopes writer Dan Evon wrote a “fact-check” article declaring it “false” that: “No American flags were on display at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.”
Evon offered as proof A) a screenshot from PBS’ coverage of day one, taken during the pledge of allegiance — before the flags were removed — and B) the below screenshot of C-SPAN’s day two coverage (visible at the 6:36 markhere) and claimed it was from day one of the convention. In fact, Mallory Weggemann — the paralympic swimmer who gave Tuesday’s pledge of allegiance — can be seen sitting in her wheelchair as the flag-bearers walk past her.
Snopes apparently took several shots at pushing the false narrative of the Democrats’ show of Americana from the first night forward; all disproven.
Just keep that in mind when you’re searching for facts from Snopes. The information given may likely be colored by their political leanings, so proceed with caution.