Liberals are in a minor uproar over the impromptu impersonation of Chinese dictator Hu Jintao that Rush Limbaugh delivered on his radio show Wednesday.
Atlanta Journal-Contitution blogger and perpetual victim Cynthia Tucker is a good example.
For the most part, I think Rush Limbaugh is better ignored. He’s a shameless liar who has helped turn incivility into the national past-time, a demagogue who has done more than his share to divide the body politic. And made hundreds of millions of dollars doing it.
I guess a paragraph of name calling somehow rises above incivility.
But his utterly classless mocking today of a visiting dignitary — Chinese President Hu Jintao — ought to embarrass many of Limbaugh’s ardent fans. While Limbaugh frequently engages in race-baiting, his performance today was a low ebb even for him.
Number of words written by Cynthia Tucker when Wanda Sykes “helped turn incivility into the national past-time” by wishing that Limbaugh’s kidneys failed: 0.
Here’s what she quoted, via the “shameless liars” and “demagogues” at Media Matters. I’m going to have to go back and consult my recording of Wednesday’s show, but I’m pretty sure – unsurprisingly – there was more to this than they pulled. Specifically, I remember Rush saying this is what Hu Jintao sounded like to him because of his hearing impairment.
And, by the way, it’s not “gyp” it’s “JIP,” a broadcasting term for when a broadcast Joins a live event In Progress. So, already, they’ve gotten two of the 49 words they’ve attempted to quote wrong.
“We’re not gonna gyp Fox,” Rush Limbaugh said. “I wanted to gyp it because the — well, the — Hu Jintao, he was speaking, and they weren’t translating. They normally — you have some translator every couple of words. But Hu Jintao was just going [mocking Chinese speech for 20 seconds]. Nobody was translating. But that’s the closest I can get.”
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