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For incorporating horrible Asian stereotypes, Matt Drudge wins the Media Putz of the week

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Originally published on MediaPutz.com on February 5, 2009

Matt Drudge

Often, children can get caught up in stereotypes since they may not have learned that reducing people to caricatures is a mean thing to do. And then they hit puberty.

Matt Drudge must still think he’s in elementary school, with his juvenile take into bad Asian stereotypes.

For Secretary of State Clinton’s upcoming Asian trip, Drudge took a picture where Secretary Clinton is squinting and used this caption: “Feeling Japanese: Clinton eyes Asia for first trip abroad.”

Now some of the blame goes to the person who wrote the AP headline, which actually read “Clinton eyes Asia for first trip abroad.” “Eyes Asia”? Really? Drudge, though, supplied the photo and the Japanese reference.

Not that Drudge and his Report have been purveyors of tasteful, carefully researched, perhaps even sometimes accurate content since the inception. What is more amazing than the fact that anyone takes him seriously is that the MSM relies on him for “information.”

And this isn’t the first time that we have seen Drudge wallow in racial stereotypes, such as the picture of President Obama in Somali dress.

Unfortuantely, it’s not just Drudge who thinks making fun of Asian eyes is acceptable. There is a picture of Miley Cyrus and four other friends, all pulling their eyes into a slant. The only one in the group not pulling the face is an Asian-American.

What Drudge and Cyrus don’t realize is that we’ve come a long way from the days of Charlie Chan movies, racist World War II propaganda (see above), early stereotypical TV commercials, and “Ancient Chinese secret.”

Born in Taiwan, Elaine Chao was in the Bush cabinet. The Obama Cabinet has two Asian-Americans: Steve Chu (Energy) and Eric Shinseki (Department of Veterans Affairs). And Obama just nominated IL Department of Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth to serve as an assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Secretary Clinton’s Asian trip plans to encompass China, Japan, South Korea, and likely somewhere in Southeast Asia. Clinton has said she was particularly interested in visiting Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country and, of course, the place where Obama spent some of his childhood.

Given where the Bush Administration (friend of Drudge) did to America’s reputation worldwide, Secretary Clinton and the entire Obama team have a lot of damage to clean up. It doesn’t help when someone with whom the MSM lends legitimate credence speaks up in such horrible racial stereotypes.

Yes, Matt Drudge is a lying, gossip-ridden, right-wing biased snoop. While he isn’t the only one, he does stand alone (at the moment) in contributing to recycling horrible racial caricatures that weren’t funny 65 years ago. And for that, Matt Drudge wins our Media Putz of the week award for the very first time.

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Written by democracysoup

February 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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