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MSNBC anchor: Palin’s bus tour ‘a breach of a federal law’

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 9:31 EDT
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MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir says Sarah Palin’s creative display of the American flag on the bus for her national tour could amount to a “breach of a federal law.”

“In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States,” Bashir said Tuesday on his program. “Under standards of respect and etiquette, it’s made clear that the flag of the United States should never be used for any advertising purpose whatsoever. Yet that’s precisely what Sarah Palin is doing.”

The U.S. flag code emphasizes that it “does not impose penalties” for misuse of the flag, but simply serves as a “guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes.”

Bashir scolded Palin for co-opting the American flag in a manner that, he said, has “nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets.”

Watch the video of Bashir’s remarks, via MSNBC.

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