PATRIOT ACT….Am I being overly sensitive, or is this really not an appropriate graphic for CNN to use to illustrate their lead story tonight about the passage of the Patriot Act? The headline claims it’s a “controversial” measure, but judging from the picture you’d have to be Tokyo Rose to oppose it. The only thing missing is a photograph of a bald eagle soaring majestically above Mount Rushmore.

Note to CNN: “Patriot Act” is just the name that Republicans gave to the bill when they introduced it. That doesn’t mean it’s actually an iconic symbol of patriotism.

I wonder what they’ll use to illustrate their next story about the president’s defense of the NSA’s domestic spying program. Uncle Sam, his sleeves rolled up, listening intently to a telephone with Osama on the other end?

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