But it's how this slicing diatribe ended that will surely cause fog over Mountain View, Calif. For Fox noted: "On Tuesday, Google did highlight national pride, however: a doodle presented on some local versions of the site honored Russia Day."
The implication was clear: "Dear Google, you're left-coast, louche-liberal Commie sympathizers. You ain't no Americans."
Should you yourself be currently shuddering at the idea that you didn't know today was Flag Day, Fox would like you to not merely blame Google. It would prefer you to wander along to Bing. For Bing's home page is a veritable flurry of unfurled national color.
Perhaps, indeed, we should all blame Google for not reminding us of a date that has been a national holiday for so long. Without Google, we are so bereft of information. Perhaps, too, there's been a hacking of all the doodlers' Google Calendars and they thought Flag Day was July 4. Or December 25.
Some might be unduly influenced by the recent publication of David Frum's painfully entertaining novel ""="">"Patriots," in which a news organization with heartily similar identity and values to Fox News is seen to be, well, slightly unpatriotic.
But it's important to be fair and balanced. I have contacted Google to ask what on earth has happened to the company's sense of history, its sense of occasion, its sense of national priorities, and its sense of art.
I did so trying not to be influenced at all by this morning's Fox News celebration of nationhood in which a female anchor, Gretchen Carlson, walked off the set after co-host Brian Kilmeade offered these words of brotherhood: "Women are everywhere. We're letting them play golf and tennis now. It's out of control."