The left has long cheered and laughed at the misogyny of Maher, others

The reaction to conservative talker Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic comments about law student Sandra Fluke has also led to an examination of a topic mostly ignored. The consistent misogyny of many prominent, mainstream liberals against conservative women.

In fact, while one is hard pressed to find another conservative in the mainstream besides Limbaugh who has attacked a liberal woman in such vulgar sexual terms, finding incidents of vulgar sexual slurs against conservative woman is, unfortunately, as easy as gathering low-hanging fruit. Daily Beast columnist Kristin Powers has provided two excellent columns on the hypocrisy here and here.

Although he has strong competition, Bill Maher rates pretty high on the liberal misogyny meter. (I want to digress here to state I don’t want Maher, or any of his hostile-to-women colleagues fired, or suffer organized efforts to have employers or advertisers fire them. That should be the job of audiences.) But the hypocrisy level of how liberals treat Maher and others is amazing. Case in point: President Barack Obama’s chief adviser, David Axelrod, has appropriately condemned Rush Limbaugh and even criticized Mitt Romney for insufficient outrage. Yet, Axelrod is planning to be a future guest on Maher’s HBO show. Some of  Maher’s remarks include calling Sarah Palin a “twat” and using “MILF,” a sexually vulger term, to describe Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Suggestions that an Obama-supporting superPAC, Priorities USA, return a $1 million donation from Maher were described as “crazy” by Bill Burton who runs the superPAC. (watch) Let me agree with Mr. Burton that it is “crazy” that the money be returned. In his own way, Burton is being candid. The truth is that for a long time, a sufficient number of Democrats, whether described as liberals, leftists or progressives, have not only approved of the misogyny of Maher and others against conservative women, they’ve chortled at the jokes, cheered enthusiastically, and passed them on.



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11 Responses to The left has long cheered and laughed at the misogyny of Maher, others

  1. Owain says:

    “I want to digress here to state I don’t want Maher, or any of his hostile-to-women colleagues fired, or suffer organized efforts to have employers or advertisers fire them.”

    I agree. As your link to the Kirstin Powers article demonstrates, Maher, Olbermann, Taibbi, and Schultz all provide valuable examples of liberal intolerance and hypocracy. The longer they stay on the air, the more they and those who would defend them discredit themselves.

  2. Steve Stones says:

    Doug, you always seem to like to play these “gotcha games” of: “We’ll someone in my party was caught saying or doing something wrong, so instead of addressing the problem, I’ll go and point out similar problems with the other party that I don’t like.” As I’ve told you before, Bill Maher is a comedian. The Republican Party places Rush Limbaugh on a high pedestal, as if he is a “God” or deity of the Republican Party. I don’t know too many liberals who do this with Maher. Does this make any of Maher’s comments right? No, it doesn’t. However, most people who follow Maher fully recognize that he is a comedian. The same cannot be said for Limbaugh. I’m not seeing too much indication that Republicans are distancing themselves from Rush’s comments, likely because they fear him, and don’t want to be criticized by him on his radio show. Rush has a way of making or breaking a person’s political career in the GOP. I’m not sure this is the case with Bill Maher and Liberals.

    • hawg says:

      it has been a hoot to watch liberals try to justify maher yet demonize rush. hypocrisy, what would liberals do without it?

    • Dovie says:

      I agree. The petty, small approach is “Maher is worse than Limbaugh” or vice versa. However, that’s the approach that draws attention and holds interest. The only way to intelligently address the thing is to argue either for free speech or for censorship.

      My suggestion is to stop giving the petty, small approach any attention. Look at the group of posters Doug would have if you had kept quiet: Hawg & Owain.

  3. Owain says:

    Maher has donated $1 Million to Obama’s Super PAC. I think that puts Maher even higher up in the food chain than Rush in current electoral politics. Maybe, as some have suggested, Obama should pointedly return that contribution to make the point that misogyny on either side of the fence should not be tolerated.

    Flying pigs will break the sound barrier first, I think.

  4. Asa says:

    Oh spare me your drivel. You’d be the first in line to call Limbaugh a joke.
    The lefts refusal to admit the double standard that exists just cheapens an already morally void group into a despicable stop at no cost power mongers!

  5. Myth Buster says:

    Maher like Limbaugh, Hannity, Howard Stern, Sarah Silverman, Sasha Baron Cohen are “Shock Jocks” nothing more. In his case he pretends to be an Atheist Jew. He is neither. Turn the Boob Tube off and stop his cash flow.

  6. Ryan Darby says:

    Here’s the differences between Rush and Maher.

    1. Maher has never been a standard-bearer of the left, and is in fact derided by a considerable number of liberals for being misogynistic. Many have never defended Maher (I never liked him either). On the other hand, plenty of conservatives have consistently defended Rush Limbaugh throughout the years, from his “Chelsea Clinton is a dog” joke way back in the Clinton era, to nowadays with his comments on Sandra Fluke (which by the way, are factually wrong, since Fluke did not actually talk about herself using contraception/birth control). Heck, the conservatives made Rush an honorary member of Congress back in the 1990s:

    2. Limbaugh targeted a PRIVATE CITIZEN with his remarks. Sure, a private citizen who opened herself up to criticism by speaking in front of Congress, but a private citizen nonetheless. Like I said before, Rush also target Chelsea Clinton, who was not a public figure either. Maher (and again, I don’t support or like him at all, and he deserves to be called a misogynist) targeted Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, who have both specifically thrown themselves out into the public arena by being politicians. The line between their public and private lives are blurred by the fact that they combine the two as public figures. Sandra Fluke has not. Additionally, Sandra Fluke can’t really call on a base of supporters (a base of sympathetic people sure, but not political supporters) to defend herself against attack.

    3. Lots of liberals are ticked off at Maher’s $1 million donation as well. He is no way shape or form a Democratic Party spokesman. Rush is the face of the Republican Party. Look at how conservatives have to be careful when talking about him. Liberals can openly dislike Maher all we want. In fact, with his comments on Muslims, vaccinations, and a few other issues, he’s as far away from most liberals as liberals are far away from some conservatives.

    4. Maher hasn’t ever had a bronze bust of himself in the Missouri State Capital. Guess who has? Neither would deserve one though; both are effectively “shock jock” types.

    So with all that in mind, you really shouldn’t try to target the left for Maher, because WE DON’T EVEN LIKE HIM. Republican base conservatives on the other hand, tend to support Rush.

    • Owain says:

      Fluke is not the private citizen that many make her out to be, but is instead a long time activist for women’s rights. By itself, that is commendable. Misrepresenting her is not. Regardless, once you testify before a Senate Subcommittee, you become a public figure. That doesn’t excuse Rush for his remarks, for which he has apologized, but that also doesn’t mean Fluke is somehow immune from criticism for her comments before the committee, and there is much there to criticize.

      If the left dislikes Maher so much, where is the criticism from the left for his reprehensible remarks directed at women? Other than David Axlerod’s recent cancellation of an appearance on his show as Maher grows increasingly more radioactive, I haven’t seen much evidence of disapproval from the left at all.

      It seems like misogyny from the left is OK as long as it is directed at conservatives like Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter, just as racism from the left is ok as long as it is directed at people like Condoleezza Rice or Michael Steele.

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