Palin Violates 'Flag Code' in Mag Photo

Gov breaks patriotic rules by using Stars & Stripes as prop
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2009 3:42 PM CDT
Sarah Palin appears in this shot from the Runner's World website.   (Runner's World)
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(Newser) – In her photo shoot for a recent Runner’s World story, Sarah Palin appears to have committed an act that could shock Republican supporters: breaking the American “flag code.” The magazine features a picture of Palin leaning on a flag draped over a chair—apparently violating rules against “bunching up” the flag and using it as “drapery,” notes Katy Kelleher for Jezebel.

Palin’s big on patriotism, yet her treatment of the flag was a “faux pas,” particularly among Palin’s GOP base, says GreenT on Daily Kos. “This is the sort of thing that is given a pass when it is done by members of the appropriate party, but treated as a capital offense when the other side tries it,” Kelleher writes.