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Spanking Asian-American grievance-mongers again

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 24, 2007 03:18 PM

Asian-American grievance-mongers are at it again: Doing everything in their power to stop the MSM from investigating and reporting on shady foreign funny money pouring into Hillary Clinton’s campaign coffers:

Leaders of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a non-partisan non-profit civic engagement organization, once again calls for responsible reporting and portrayal of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) civic participation in the media. APIAVote does not condone any illegal participation in the American political system and those who do should be held accountable. Improper activities warrant attention, though recent media coverage has continuously mischaracterized the involvement of Asian Americans, as an entire community, in the electoral process. Undue scrutiny on a specific ethnic subgroup is considered negligent journalism; APIAVote leadership re-emphasizes the need for unbiased reporting on allegations of political misconduct.

“We are alarmed by the potential negative impact of irresponsible reporting and the harm it may have on legitimate political participation by members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Lisa Hasagawa, APIAVote Board Member. “It is imperative that the media approach these serious allegations with deliberation, focus and the highest levels of journalistic integrity. As the Asian American and Pacific Islander community embraces their right to participate in the civic process, it is important that the greater balance and responsibility be taken when addressing this important issue.”

I roast these P.C. police in my column today. Should we “profile” suspicious foreign campaign contributors? Hell, yes!

My conclusion:

The Clinton campaign is counting on left-wing editors to capitulate under heat from Asian-American groups who want to deflect attention away from suspicious foreign donations.

“I’m going to keep reaching out to everybody in our country. I want to be a president to everybody,” said a defiant Hillary in defense of her indiscriminate fund-raising. “Asian-Americans in Chinatown and Flushing have the same right to contribute as every other American,” Howard Wolfson, a campaign spokesman, told reporters. “We do not ethnically profile donors.”

“Ethnic profiling” is the rhetorical bugaboo the Clintons hope will stave off more investigations and invocations of Asian-American donor scandals past. Learning well from their far-left minority counterparts, these Asian-American groups have tried to turn the debate away from candidate and donor responsibility to the collective “rights” of the “Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.”

The identity politics tribe can call it “ethnic profiling.” I call it learning from history.

We’ve been here so many times before. With convicted DNC fund-raiser John Huang and Charlie Trie and Pauline Kanchanalak and Maria Hsia. With the Chinese Buddhist monks and nuns who helped engineer a Gore campaign reimbursement scheme and shredded documents related to their temple fund-raiser. With Washington ex-Gov. Gary Locke, who also took money from Chinese temple donors who couldn’t speak English, couldn’t remember when they donated or couldn’t be located.

Democrats apparently believe that only Americans should be saddled by Byzantine campaign-finance regulations while foreign donors get a pass. Asian-American lobbyists apparently believe minority groups should get less scrutiny from the media than everyone else – lest “their right to participate in the civic process” be undermined.

If it’s “ethnic profiling” to be extra-careful of Chinatown donors who can’t speak English, live in dilapidated buildings, have never voted, can’t tell Hillary Clinton from Hunan Chicken or simply can’t be found, then “ethnic profiling” should be the standard procedure of every campaign.

Discrimination isn’t a dirty word when it comes to keeping dirty money out of American politics.

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Boo-freaking-hoo: Media Matters didn’t like my “smellier than stinky tofu” line.

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