Woman Texts During National Anthem, Right Wing Loses Mind

This weekend was the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, or “nerd prom” as they sometimes call it in DC, and Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller knows that the big story of the night was a woman who was texting on her phone while the band played the national anthem, thus “outraging America.”

Shortly after President Barack Obama arrived on the stage for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the band began to play the National Anthem.

First Lady Michelle Obama was seen singing every word as the band played. Everyone on stage including CBS News correspondent Major Garrett, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest and President Barack Obama proudly held their hand over their heart as the anthem played.

Then CNN cameras panned the crowd, showing dinner attendees with their hand over their heart — except for one woman who was buried in her cell phone.

The woman was a Washington Post reporter, who said on Twitter that she was taking notes on her phone “because it’s 2015.” Now, of course, she’s obviously a communist Muslim illegal immigrant traitor who carries chemtrails in her purse. I bet she was actually on her phone reporting all the Christians in the crowd to the Illuminati so they could be rounded up into FEMA concentration camps when ISIS takes over the country, where they’ll be forced to get gay married.

Seriously, if that’s the kind of shit that gets you all outraged, but not poverty or injustice or war crimes, you’re pretty much a failure at life.

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  • Doc Bill

    I saw her texting and thought, “Really? Can’t you wait 2 minutes?” I didn’t freak out about it, though. To me it was a lack of awareness and courtesy during the opening ceremony.

  • Larry

    I blame Obama because REASONS.

  • moarscienceplz

    NPR’s On the Media had a good slapdown of the Nerd Prom last week. THAT is what should be “outraging America.” (The dinner, not the slapdown, of course.)

  • John Pieret

    Wait a minute! That Kenyan, Marxist, Muslim, commie was defiling our national anthem by pretending to honor it? That’s what everyone should be angry about!

  • Chiroptera

    You know, it’s getting to the point where people now have a moral obligation to deliberately text during the national anthem, pledge of allegiance, or opening prayer.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    So the Daily Caller’s writer was watching television while the band played the national anthem?

  • k_machine


  • whheydt

    Re: Ed…

    As regards your last line…Are you channeling Tom Lehrer’s Folksong Army?

    As for Michelle Obama…I suppose it would be a bit too erudite for them to assert that she was *really* singing the words of To Anachreon in Heaven. But then, the RWNJs probably don’t know where the tune came from.

  • zevonsky72

    I don’t like political correctness when it’s pushed by the left (bless Jonathan Chait), and I don’t like it when it comes from the right, either. Of course, conservatives will never call this political correctness. Like “big government,” by definition only the other side can possibly violate standards of “political correctness” – because “we” are already doing everything correctly.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    You know what I love in this non-sexist country?

    That the person using the cell was identified as a woman. Because, y’know, it was so important to communicate her gender…but not that she was a reporter or anything else. Because those other things might tend to make it seem reasonable she was using her phone. But the fact that she’s a woman? Ah, that just helps justify the outrage about dumb broads.

    Gender: The other red meat.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Oh, and by the by, what I really expected when I clicked through to the full post?

    An anti-Obama screed about how Obama is ruining the country because one of his staffers was looking at a phone…

    …only to reveal that she was an NSA or National Security Advisor or Joint Chiefs assistant/staffer who absolutely has to look at any messages that come in no matter when they do b/c you just don’t know how critical seconds will be until you read the message.

    A reporter? I don’t give a shit why she didn’t sing along. You’re free not to sing along. She wants to treat the evening like work, more power to her. It probably wasn’t any fun. But even the National Security Advisor wouldn’t be able to get away with this according to Tucker Carlson.

    Let the nukes fall! We must blow the flag!

  • Michael Heath

    Chiroptera writes:

    You know, it’s getting to the point where people now have a moral obligation to deliberately text during the national anthem, pledge of allegiance, or opening prayer.

    I appreciate Chiroptera’s position. But I’ve chosen to take a different course with the above except for prayer.

    The right is largely successful at claiming sole ownership of American ideals, in spite of the fact those ideals are liberal and Republicans are now the primary opponents of public policy supportive of those ideals. So I will not concede these rituals to those fuckers given that the passively political amongst us perceives a causal relationship between such rhetoric and one’s devotion to American ideals.

    One frustrating moment occurred last week that illustrates how the GOP is winning this particular PR battle. In the interview with Bruce Jenner, he claimed he was a Republican because he respected the Constitution. Certainly both parties have planks in their platforms that are inherently unconstitutional, but from my vantage point these are arguable points amongst Democrats where the GOP is fierecely devoted to policies that are incredibly anti-Constitutional. Ironically when it comes to Bruce Jenner, it’s their fierce opposition to the equal protection and due process clauses. And yet time and again I see celebrities voicing devotion to the GOP predominately based on lies that the GOP has successfully embedded in the national psyche, e.g. Kid Rock and Joe Perry.

  • busterggi

    “Seriously, if that’s the kind of shit that gets you all outraged, but not poverty or injustice or war crimes, you’re pretty much a failure at life.”

    Well we are talking about Tucker Carlson.

  • scienceavenger

    This is just a dogwhistle to the geriatric Fox news audience, who is all sick of these danged kids and their phones.

  • vmanis1

    I don’t know that the article was written by Mr Carlson himself or by one of his (in)operatives, but I do wish people would give him the respect he deserves.

    Always refer to him as Tuckeypoo.

  • dan4

    Right, because it’s 2015 and that’s an coherent/adequate defense for taking notes on your phone at a public event while the National Anthem is playing instead of putting the damn thing away for a few minutes (such a burden, I know) and at least feigning some sense of patriotism by putting your hand on your heart.

    “Seriously if that’s the kind of shit that gets you all outraged, but not…”

    Right, because if you’re outraged about one thing, that automatically means you’re not/having never expressed outrage about anything else.

  • dan4

    “…a coherent…”, not “…an coherent…” and “…have never…” not “…having never…”

  • dan4

    Daily Caller Dryly Reports on Woman Texting During National Anthem, Ed Brayton Loses Mind.

  • gog

    @dan4 #16

    Feigning patriotism! That’s a fucking hoot. Now shut up, I’m trying to play Temple Run.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I have to agree with dan4. Would it have killed this woman to feign patriotism like everyone else?

  • dingojack

    In America, patriotism is like sincerity — if you can fake that you’ve got it made!

    :) Dingo