Earlier this week, conservative communicator Jim Bieber and I argued about the angry rhetoric in conservative media and the Fairness Doctrine in the wake of the Tuscon shooting.
Jim wrote in one of his comments: “Itâ€™s just silly to make the argument that conservatives dominate with the volume and level of meanness of angry rhetoric….according to current liberal doctrine they (liberals who said nasty things about talker Rush Limbaugh) and their speech can be held responsible if someone does gun me down.”
Limbaugh mocked the speech of visiting ChineseÂ President Hu Jintao complete with references of “ching chong ching chong.” Limbaugh even applauded his “translation” and likened it to comedian Sid Caesar’s impressions of foreigners on “Your Show of Shows” from American’s politically incorrect 1950s.Â And this poor attempt at what must pass for comedy among conservatives has created a strong reaction fromÂ Asian-Americans across the nation.
In particular, California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has called for Limbaugh to apologize for what many Americans see asÂ racistÂ remarks against the Chinese (who know, from the country that holds most of the US debt run up during the Bush Administration).Â For Yee’s complaints, his office received death threats in the form of voice mails and a fax:
â€œFish Head Leeland Yee.Â Rush Limbaugh will kick your Chink ass and expose you for the fool you are,â€ and â€œWithout exceptions, Marxists are enemies of the United States Constitution!Â Death to all Marxists!Â Foreign and Domestic!â€
In a statement, Yee said: “It is quite disturbing that such racist sentiment still exists in our country. 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.â€
Limbaugh has a long history of making racially and insensitive comments and attacks on Liberals.Â Who could forget his imitation of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s symptoms during the 2008 election cycle. There are also some racists statements attributed to Limbaugh that are not verified, so click the link above for a documented list from Media Matters.Â But my point that listeners are taking action based on the words uttered by people like Rush Limabugh is happening.Â Glenn Beck has the same ability to spurn listeners to attack his targets too.
Yee is calling on Americans to boycott advertisers of Limbaugh’s program.Â The Huffington Post offered this partial list of sponsors. If your a customer, find someone else and write the company to explain why you’ll no longer use their product or service:
177 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Direct Dial Office: 617-587-11Â00 EXT:1115
Sleep Number Bed
Select Comfort CorporatioÂn
6105 Trenton Lane N
MinneapoliÂs, MN 55442
Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners
100 Plantation Road
New Orleans, Louisiana 70123
Online contact form
Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee
9151 Grapevine Hwy.
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Phone (800) 733-1110
(web banner ads on rushlimbauÂgh.com)
901-495-71Â85; Fax: 901-495-83Â74
P.O. Box 2198, Memphis, TN 38101
800-773-08Â88; Fax: 323-962-83Â00
Site has a Web Form
Citrix Online (GoToMyPC)
6500 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
Phone: 805-690-64Â00; Fax: 805-690-64Â71
American Forces Network
Contact Us: @MyAFN.net
Mission Pharmacal Company
10999 IH-10 West Suite 1000
P.O. Box 786099
San Antonio, TX 78278-6099
Telephone: (800) 531-3333
Bennett Kennedy – Citracal Product Manager
Life Quotes, Inc.
32045 Castle Court
Evergreen, CO 80439
Online Contact page
I’d like to see this go to the next step; Limbaugh should invite Yee on his program and apologize to Chinese Americans for his poor attempt at comedy.