Staying current? Current TV’s Full Court Press host Bill Press “[brought] his agenda for a liberal way” to yet another American icon, the U.S. flag yesterday. Two days before Americans celebrated D-Day, Press announced his “major crusade” to “junk the Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem (deriding it as “unsingable,” “an abomination,” and an embarrassment): Yesterday (day after D-Day anniversary), Press took aim at the “The Stars and the Stripes.” To whit, he sniped that Old Glory shines just a little too brightly: I.e., it has one too many stars.
In an interview with his friend Mediaite columnist Tommy Christopher via e-mail, Press declared that he “absolutely [did] not” have “any second thoughts about hating the anthem” and added that he thought it was a “horrible song” that was “militaristic” to boot. After a series of queries about the national anthem (e.g., rewriting “the home of the brave” to “a home of MANY brave”), Christopher asked, “What changes would you make to the actual flag?” Smugly, Press snarked, “Remove one star, for Mississippi.”
Perhaps, the talented former Crossfire co-anchor is simply trying to stoke the ratings for his new show by stirring up controversy. But, it seems somewhat strange for the talented former CNN Crossfire co-host who once deftly debated actual issues now to attack America’s revered symbols instead to stay current. Instead of “Pressing” on, perhaps, he should move on.
If not, Lady Liberty next, Bill?