08 September 2008

Rumor Central: Dems Trash 12,000 Flags

The rumor: Twelve thousand American flags, waved by attendees of the Democratic National Convention, are going to be thrown away. According to the Denver Post,

Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi wrote in his blog Saturday morning that Republicans claimed that a worker at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver had saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. The flags were handed out during Saturday's GOP rally in Colorado Springs [. . . .] An Invesco spokesman told Harsanyi that the majority of the bags with flags in them were near the trash, on a dock, and would have been thrown away. The person told Harsanyi it was probably an oversight by the Democrats rather than any nefarious plot against the flag.

The response:

Democratic National Convention Committee: "Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention - the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It's disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it's sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt."

Ultimately, at this point we an inability to provide proof positive one way or the other that the flags were to be trashed. But there it is.

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