"ching cha, ching chow cho cha, chan cha ching, chee ba ba ba, hon chong hee, ee kah ah ahh! Che, cheech eh! Jing ja, bo ba, ya ya, cha che cheech che! Cha gee! Doohhh, kit bah le bah! Bah, cheech cho bah!’”
That's Rush Limbaugh, imitating Chinese despot Hu Jintao, and saying that's about all he got out of the joint press conference with Barack Obama. Yahoo concurs, somewhat:
Indeed, the afternoon presser was marred by long stretches of time where translation would be conducted only after each statement from the two leaders was concluded...
But it was enough to send at least one Democrat into a complete meltdown:
“Today, Rush Limbaugh reached a new low as he mocked the Chinese language and culture,” read a January 19th statement from Senator Leland Yee, Democrat of San Francisco....
Yee demanded an apology from Limbaugh. After realizing this was a fruitless endeavor, something else unusual, quite coincidentally, happened:
On January 26th, a follow-up statement by Senator Yee entitled, “Racist Limbaugh Fan Sends Death Threat to Yee,” detailed a fax purportedly sent to the senator’s office that was rife with racial epithets, a reference to “Rush…kick[ing] your Chink ass,” and a death threat against “all Marxists! Foreign and Domestic!”
“It is quite disturbing that such racist sentiment still exists in our country,” said Yee. “As I have said in the past, it is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance. Such vitriol has no place within our political discourse or anywhere in our society.”
And since civility now means "shut the f*ck up and don't you dare disagree with me, that's hate speech!", we get this:
Yee has since launched a campaign for a boycott against the talker’s radio program entitled “Help Stop the Hate from Rush Limbaugh.”
No surprise, it's not about civility, it's about silencing of dissent. But back to the "fax", Brian Maloney points out the media has gone totally Tuscon on Rush Limbaugh here, with no rational reason for doing so:
Almost immediately, news media outlets in all parts of California and elsewhere across the nation seized upon the opportunity to smear Limbaugh without any verification of the note's authenticity. Many have reported the "Rush fan" allegation as fact without the slightest indication of who may have really sent it.
With a few hours of the first report, this "controversy" had already been picked up by the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, KGO, assorted free weekly throwaways in San Francisco, the Washington Post, NBC News local coverage and many more.
A curious mishmash of racist images and language, the letter seems strangely designed to place Limbaugh front and center in the resulting controversy. But why would someone with such extreme views use Rush's name in this way?
Because perhaps the person with extreme views is...Yee himself:
Interestingly, Yee happens to be running for mayor of San Francisco this year, so a fresh injection of sympathetic publicity is just what the campaign strategists ordered.
And there's also a convenient history of other faxes sent to Yee during similar political grandstanding stunts, including an anti-Palin campaign last year.
So a desperate candidate, with a history of creating false controversies via fax(?), makes wild, unsubstantiated claims, and what does the media do?
Run with it, without question. Much like they ran with the storyline that Sarah Palin shot Gabrielle Giffords. Until which point when they were proven incorrect, at which time the media then begged for a "new civility", in order to keep criticism of themselves to a bare minimum. So they could do it again, to another conservative figure, just a few weeks later.
It's OK, though. The mainstream media no longer serves any purpose in the United States anymore, save to expose to the citizenry the true aims of the Left, and the methods they intend to use to get there.
So ironically, unintentionally, in its final waning days, in its agonizing, hard-to-watch death throes, the media is serving a purpose and doing a noble deed, albeit without even realizing it is doing so....