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Author Rick Perlstein Hammered By Fox And Friends Followers

Nuance is hard.
Author Rick Perlstein Hammered By Fox And Friends Followers

I'm sure you'll be shocked to discover that Fox & Friends commentators have issues with rational thought and especially, nuance. So when Rick Perlstein wrote an article saying that the POW-MIA flag should come down next after the Confederate flag, they lit their hair on fire.

Disgusting! Writer publishes article calling POW/MIA flag racist and says that's the next flag that should come down??!

Posted by Fox & Friends on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The hair of every nut on Facebook spontaneously combusted right after that.

Writing for the Washington Spectator, Perlstein argued:

Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about this.

I told the story in the first chapter of my 2014 book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan: how Richard Nixon invented the cult of the “POW/MIA” in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim.

Since Fox and Friends picked up on that with their attendant fauxtrage, Perlstein has been hammered on Facebook by people spamming every post he makes with the POW-MIA flag, and much, much more. It's really ugly, to the point where he made his page private to friends only until some of them give up and go play elsewhere.

He also tried to clarify what he was saying in a separate post, since nuance escaped those Fine American Patriots at the Fox News Channel.

I'm posting the whole response here since his page isn't publicly available:

So an update. Limited this page to friends, which I hate. I like an open forum. And, because I mean it, I apologized for using the word "racist," sending out to my hate-mail senders this:

"XXX, thanks for writing. I used the word 'racism' to describe how the POW/MIA flag distorts the history of the Vietnam War to make it seem like the Vietnamese are the only bad guys. That word was over the top and uncalled for, and I'm deeply sorry it hurt people--especally people who've selflessly served their coutnry. The truth is that I believe the POW/MIA flag harms our nation by exploiting the feelings of common soldiers, veterans, and their families to serve the interests of the powerful. But I feel awful that I said so in a way that hurts veterans. I hope you will consider reading my article, which points out, for example, the way the Chinese Communists leaked lies about the existence of of live MIAs in order to harm their rival Vietnam.


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"I wish you the best, and thank you for expressing your feelings."

Probably won't do much for the guy who posted a picture of emaciated Jews in Auschwitz, but often, killing with kindness stuns people into reasonable dialogue, which I've been having sporadically all day. Why did you write the article, one asked? "Because the fuckers who start wars use propaganda like the idea that the enemy is so evil they're hiding POWs in order to keep sending people off to war, and not to take care fo them when they get home." He responded, "I agree with that." Then said I shouldn't have used the word "racist." I agreed.

If you really want to, you can see a taste of the venom they spit at him on the Fox & Friends Facebook post.

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