From the urgency of the lengthy report on the Today show this morning, you'd have thought someone had infiltrated the Smithsonian, stolen the Wright Flyer and crashed it into the White House while yelling "Allahu Akhbar!" Instead, somebody had swapped some flags.
NYPD cops were swarming over the Brooklyn Bridge, even (or so the on-the-scene reporter breathlessly intoned) "counter-terrorism officers", all to investigate someone changing the flags atop the bridge towers. I realize this is kinda close to NBC's flagpole at 30 Rock, but you don't see CNN losing their collective fecal matter every time the "T" goes missing off the tower at Georgia Tech, now, do you, Matt Lauer?
And why the freakout this time? The rest of the nation scratches its head.
Man, there's no omphaloskepsis like Manhattan omphaloskepsis.