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27 January 2011

New Anti-Rush Smear Campaign Spreads Like Wildfire


SF Left In Lightning-Fast Anti Limbaugh Campaign

Underscoring their Art Of The Smear mastery, Californian "progressives" have launched a lightning-fast anti-Rush Limbaugh campaign designed to stir up lefty rage.

Call it the Turbo-Smear.

Amazingly, Wednesday evening's sneak attack wasn't based on anything Limbaugh actually said, but a mysterious "fax" (remember those?) apparently sent to a liberal state senator's office. Using overtly racist language, the note threatens Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) with harm and mentions Rush by name.

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? As their own adherents provide a far more effective source of potential terror, real white supremacists don't need to hide behind talk show hosts.

It also conveniently misspells Yee's name throughout and uses an apparently anti-Asian derogatory term, "fish heads", that is probably unfamiliar to 99% of Americans.

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. Earlier Wednesday, he'd already generated headlines with a plan to launch an ad boycott against Rush's program.

And there's also a convenient history of other faxes (WHO IN THE WORLD SENDS FAXES IN 2011? DID 1993 SOMEHOW MAKE A COMEBACK?) sent to Yee during similar political grandstanding stunts, including an anti-Palin campaign last year.

Clearly, Yee has much to gain by capitalizing on anti-conservative sentiments in San Francisco's insular, parochial political environment. It's the news media's ready-and-willing role in this turbo-smear campaign that is especially disturbing.

Yee image: SF Chronicle


  • You're right - what's a "fish head". Is that what is left after the fillets?

    Yeah well so what ...

    By Blogger 10ksnooker, at 27 January, 2011 11:03  

  • What are the names of the companies who sponsor Rush's show in the SF area? Since this DOES sound MIGHTY suspicious, I want to RUSH right out to PURCHASE THEIR PRODUCTS!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 January, 2011 14:43  

  • Leftists have long utilized a tactic such as: One of them attending a Tea Party event while displaying a sign saying, "White Americans for the Tea Party," or "Restore America; Send Obama Back to Africa!" Of course, that person and his sign is the only publicity given to a million-person Tea Party gathering. And, there is no more "investigative reporting," to see if that fake Tea Party supporter is real or not.

    I suspect this is the same thing as the NUMEROUS instances where a noose is found hanging on a black persons door knob, etc. Only later does the black person admit they did it themselves.

    We're getting smarter out here; I believe NOTHING I read like this anymore, I just assume it's phony.

    From: John in Ohio

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 January, 2011 14:56  

  • no wonder this country is in such a mess when we have cry baby leaders like this guy! send him home to suck his thumb for awhile.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 January, 2011 15:23  

  • I'm so sick & tired of these thin-skinned politicians which most are pure & simple communists. If they had a brain in their head they could take it out and play with it. Why anyone pays any attention to them is beyond me. They are nothing but a bunch of blithering idiots. Not only that -- Look where it is coming from! That should tell you something.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 January, 2011 16:03  

  • Where is the evidence that the person who sent this fax was actually a Limbaugh listener? Has the mysterious faxer ever even HEARD of Rush Limbaugh?

    By Anonymous Lilly Flores, at 27 January, 2011 17:55  

  • FAX's leave a pretty good paper trail, no pun intended. There are phone records. This is just WAY to easy to investigate. So the face that is hasn't, leads me to believe it's fake. This is a typical liberal tactic. If a problem doesn't exist, create one. They do it all the time, SO many "racist" events are done by liberals. Ontario college is a great example, when the PROFESSOR did something to her OWN car.

    If they can't find a racist, they'll create one and say "See!!! I told you!!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 January, 2011 18:17  

  • It was a liberal who smashed the Dem party windows in Denver. It was a liberal professor in Kalipornia that messed up her own car to blame the "haters"...

    on and on and on

    By Blogger United Citizens Council, at 28 January, 2011 00:21  

  • I'm Asian-American and I've never been called a fish head nor have I ever heard of that slur in my 36 years in America.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 28 January, 2011 20:34  

  • Must be like macaca... some made up slur.

    By Blogger United Citizens Council, at 29 January, 2011 22:47  

  • Everyone is always beating up on Rush because he is right, and that scares the crap out of them. They, meaning the Left, would like to shut down all talk radio, so the American people can't get the truth of what they are trying to do to this country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18 February, 2011 10:28  

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