Posted on February 26, 2018

Crime Writer Mistakes Norwegian Flag for a Confederate Flag

Marlene Lenthang, Daily Mail, February 23, 2018


Author Rebecca Morris then tipped off the Seattle Times who went to investigate the banner waving in the Greenwood neighborhood of the city.

However upon investigation it turned out that the suspected Confederate banner was actually the Norwegian national flag, raised by a patriot in support of Team Norway in the Winter Olympics.

After understanding her mistake Morris acredited her misinterpretation to the heated political climate.

‘Maybe that’s the story … we’re so stressed by all things political that we see things that aren’t there,’ she said.


Investigators immediately went to check out the commotion and found a flagpole with the US flag waving and directly below it red flag with blue and white stripes making a cross upon it.


The flag in question was actually Norway’s national flag, displayed by homeowner Darold Norman Strangeland in honor of Norway’s performance in the Winter Olympics.


The reporters at the Seattle Times then returned to the crime writer explaining the blunder.

‘Are you kidding me?’ she replied, saying after spotting the flag, she researched the image of the Confederate flag to assure it matched the one on the pole.

‘Well, it does look like the Norwegian flag!’ she said after re-assessing the streamer.


Twitter users were quick to point fingers at the author for her blunder, many claiming that the two flags look nothing alike.


‘She lives in greenwood which is next to Ballard where they fly Norwegian flags year round & she still doesn’t get it? And her opp. & subsequent fail & utter inability to express self deprecation & sense of humor at the situation she created is not surprising (sic),’ one Twitter user said.

Rebecca Morris, vexillologist