Over the summer, several conservative blogs such as Gateway Pundit and Wizbang picked up on a report from the Chinese media that the Chinese flag was to be raised “on White House grounds” on Septembe 20th to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
As I noted earlier this month there was much about the story that suggested it was little more than a hoax; and the White House confirmed that the story was not true.
Well, as it turns out, there was an event marking the 60th anniversary of the PRC today in Washington, D.C.; but it took place outside White House grounds in a public park:
Hundreds of Chinese nationals, students, businessmen and expatriates came together in Washington D.C. on Sunday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
They marked the occasion by raising the red Chinese national flag alongside America’s Stars and Stripes, in a small park just south of the White House. Event organizers said it was the first time the Chinese national flag has been raised in a public place in America’s capital city.
So, once again, a paranoid wingnut fantasy turns out to be untrue.