Kirstin Power’s recent post on The Daily Beast was right on the money. In the wake of the justified criticism that Rush Limbaugh recently received for his obnoxious and misogynist comments to Sandra Fluke, it’s important for the liberals in the political arena to look at their own backyard.
Certainly, it’s despicable and wrong for anyone to name call; but if one side of the political spectrum is going to get dragged through the mud for doing so, then both sides should. Bill Maher, for instance, gave $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC. In recent years, Maher has referred to Sarah Palin as a “dumb twat” and has even called her a c—t. He referred to both Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann as “boobs” and “two bimbos.”
He even made a recent joke about Rick Santorum’s wife and her use of a vibrator.
Very little criticism was lobbied at Maher for any of these comments – and the Democratic party certainly didn’t return his $1 million contribution.
During the 2008 election, Ed Schultz went so far as to say that Sarah Palin had set off a “bimbo alert.” Keith Olbermann, who now works for former Democratic vice president Al Gore at Current TV, once said that the parents of commentator S.E. Cupp should have had an abortion and he called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.”
The list goes on and on. Obviously, all of this language is inappropriate, whether it’s coming from the left or the right. The point, however, is that the playing field needs to be leveled and those who choose to use their political clout and media spotlight for offensive and completely inappropriate comments should be penalized for doing so – no matter which side of the fence they are on.