Local NY reporter denies Soviet flags present at May Day rally

Being a reporter for a local TV news outlet in New York is one step below the big time. Unfortunately for Ida Siegal of NBC New York, she may be waiting a while for the a call from the national nets.


While covering a May Day rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday, NBC New York reporter Ida Siegal was cornered and asked if her network planned to show the communist imagery the protesters were displaying. Hilarity ensued when Siegal immediately became defensive, denying she had seen any communist imagery and asking of the "Hammer-and-Sickle" flags: "What do they represent?"

"You guys are with channel 4 news," the videographer noted while addressing Siegal and her production team. "Are you guys going to show any of the people with Hammer and Sickle flags?"

"I haven't seen any of those flags," Siegal replied amid the din of the ongoing protests activity. "What do they represent?"

The National Review Online posted a selection of some of the communist imagery and iconography that was present at the Union Square protest marking International Workers Day - the secular holiday that celebrates international socialist solidarity.

Rather than being in denial, I think Siegal is just ignorant. Many under the age of 30 are probably not familiar with the Soviet flag. Of course, any reporter who doesn't know what the Communist flag looks like should probably never have made it out of Cedar Rapids.

Here's the exchange: