Fox and Friends and the Flag, Oh My

So you knew that when the bubble-brained triumvirate at Fox and Friends got wind of the police official in Miami who allegedly didn’t put her hand over her heart during the pledge of allegiance, it was going to be a major league derpfest. Here ya go:

Ortiz posted a video of Najiy on the police union’s YouTube channel, which showed her standing at attention as other officers placed their hands over their hearts.

However, Police Maj. Delrish Moss told The Miami Herald that Najiy was simply following military protocol, which states that one should “stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag” when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance indoors.

“That’s exactly what she did,” Moss explained. “The Honor Guard follows U.S. military code. She was following U.S. military code. It had nothing to do with personal beliefs.”

But on Monday, the hosts of Fox & Friends suspected that there could be something more nefarious going on.

“The fraternal order of police president has suggested this could have been a religious decision,” Fox News host Steve Doocy noted. “He has suggested that perhaps she is a Muslim. That is not known.”

“If you’re a Muslim, I hope it still means you can salute the flag!” co-host Brian Kilmeade exclaimed.

“You know, that would be a great question to ask,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed. “And so is it our right to know why someone would opt-out of that? How does that make you feel if that is indeed your district? Would you want to know?”

You know what it makes me feel? Absolutely nothing. Could not possibly give a fuck. You know what your simpleminded pearl-clutching makes me feel? A whole lot more.

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  • John Pieret

    And so is it our right to know why someone would opt-out of that?

    Fuck, no!!! Anymore than it is your “right” to know what your personal beliefs, unrelated to your job, are. Hey, Hasselbeck, have you ever “opted out” of a sexual position your husband wanted to try?

  • eric

    “And so is it our right to know why someone would opt-out of that?

    If she’s an elected official, you can ask her the question during the next election cycle and base your vote on her answer if it’s that important to you. But if she’s a career civil servant, then no. Kindly @$@%! off.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    He has suggested that perhaps she is a Muslim. That is not known.

    She could be a freakin’ Jehovah’s Witness. Or a devotee of Zuul. Or anything else.

  • Larry

    Its good to see Fox has finally waded through all the nonsensical, inane, unimportant, ridiculous and batshit crazy items for the day and has move on to the really important things.

  • dugglebogey

    Why does Elisabeth Hasselbeck get to pretend to be a journalist on TV? Seriously? “That would be a great question to ask? What the fuck kind of thing is that for a supposed “reporter” to say? Especially because NO IT ISN’T. Someone’s religion is none of your fucking business!

    Hasselbeck has been pretending to be a reporter for over a decade now, but as far as I know has gotten ZERO education, after going to design school and working on sneakers before her career was altered by BEING ON A GAME SHOW.

    What a world.

  • U Frood

    When I was growing up I remember it was certain CHRISTIANS who objected to the pledge as it was seen as worshiping an idol. I’m sure saluting the flag is seen the same way. How would Fox and Friends feel if her objection was based on Christianity?

    In any case, how does saluting a piece of fabric in a specific way affect your ability to do your job as a police officer?

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

    You Liberals might be surprised at this, but this Conservative for one is fine with police not saluting the flag.

    Rather than a loyalty issue, I see it as a Public Safety issue, as saluting occupies the arm that could be shooting people.

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  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “Fox and Friends: Our panties are bunched up so tight air can’t get to our heads.”

  • felidae

    FOX and Friends–your source for the inanity of the day

  • dingojack

    MO (#7) – “Rather than a loyalty issue, I see it as a Public Safety issue, as saluting occupies the arm that could be shooting fleeing, unarmed ‘urban’ people (*wink,wink*) eight times in the back.”

    FIFY.

    Dingo

  • grumpyoldfart

    Fox and Friends has a big audience. People believe their shit. Some of them act upon it.

  • jufulu

    I can’t even summon up a face-palm or a head-desk for this one. Heavy Sigh.

  • Doc Bill

    Whether you salute the flag depends. For Boy Scouts, if you are in uniform you give the Scout salute when directed by the color guard. If you are not in uniform you place your hand over your heart. However, if you are part of the honor guard you simply stand at attention and don’t salute.

    So, in the case of Najiy she considered herself part of the honor guard and stood at attention. Notice after the pledge or posting of the colors she goes from attention to “at ease.”

    I don’t have a problem with her one way or another. She was clearly paying attention and being respectful, unlike that Wash. Po. reporter at the WHCD, and I think the flak she’s getting is unjustified.

    Casting back many years, we had a Jehovah’s Witness girl in our first period class who just sat there during the morning pledge and after the first few days nobody paid attention, but I remember to this day how nervous and uncomfortable she looked, although as a typical teenage Nazi of the times I didn’t give her two thoughts. Probably not much has changed.

  • schweinhundt

    So, Fox News now hates the military?

    When in uniform, indoors, stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag.

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  • llewelly

    They’ve got to sell that Faux Patriotism merchandise somehow. After all it was shipped all the way from China, so why waste it?

  • StevoR

    Hey, Fox ‘n’ Friends! Seriously? What the Fuck? With all the other evil , awful shit going on in the world – both inside and outside your fevered and deluded imaginations; this, *This* is somehow actually in some way, a fucking big deal for you? Really?

  • azpaul3

    Following proper military procedures? Oh, the horror!

    Wait! Maybe she’s a Muslim.

    How dare a Muslim follow proper military procedures!

    Good, God. Do these people really have nothing better to do than to make shit up in extreme ignorance?

  • John Pieret

    Good, God. Do these people really have nothing better to do than to make shit up in extreme ignorance?

    Worse, it is actually their job … as long as it’s good for ratings and getting sponsors.

  • Anri

    …but did she sign the Loyalty Oath to get her silverware in the mess hall that day? Correctly singing the three verses of the National Anthem as required?

    Enquiring minds wanna know!

  • caseloweraz

    What would really be newsworthy is reporting on whether all these Fox News talking heads follow the flag code to the letter. Perhaps someone will hire a private detective to get the skinny on them.

  • samgardner

    “And so is it our right to know why someone would opt-out of that?

    No, Ms. Saddleback, it’s none of your ducking business. Talk about invented rights!