It’s been a wild couple of weeks for political hypocrisy, political correctness, double standards, twisted logic and out-and-out baloney.
You may recall that Rush Limbaugh obliquely referred to Sandra Fluke as a slut. The left went ballistic, creating an all-out war to oust Limbaugh from his syndicated radio program. Apparently, when you say something that is politically incorrect or impolitic, the response from the left is to censure that speech, not accept it, argue it. Why resort to counter arguments when you can just shut them down? Apparently the left has failed with respect to Limbaugh.
Bill Maher of HBO has consistently referred to Sarah Palin as a cunt, and no attempt is made to shut him down or have him removed from HBO. Frankly, while I believe both men can say and do as they please, subject only to their employers’ standards, the words “cunt” and “slut” are in entirely different categories. Cunt is defined as a vulgar noun or vulgar slang referring to a woman’s genitals. Slut is defined not as vulgar, but only as a noun for a slovenly or promiscuous woman. I think you see the different. Vulgarity applies to one, not the other. Yet, both men have the right to speak as they please, although I find one more offensive than the other. In my opinion, slut is a legitimate word and cunt is a vulgarity.
When Bill Maher agreed to give $1 million to President Obama’s SuperPac, I assumed Obama would return the money after the flap over Limbaugh occurred. It seemed the right thing to do. It would be taking the high road. It would put him above the fray. It would show he had more class.
I was wrong.
In an interview to air on CNN’s “Out Front with Erin Burnett” today, David Axelrod – a senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s campaign – argues that sexist comments made by radio host Rush Limbaugh and comedian Bill Maher are both distasteful but should be understood differently.
Differently? On what basis? If there is a difference, it is that Maher was vulgar, Limbaugh was technically correct. But Axelrod shows that no logical distinction exists. Instead, he offers a convoluted and twisted logic to why Maher can say what he does but Limbaugh cannot. I will give Erin Burnett some credit. She at least tries to point out the inconsistency, even though Axelrod never gives up. Watch for yourself:
Maher and Limbaugh are both entertainers. One is a talk show host on television and one is a talk show host on the radio. They both talk about politics. They both influence their viewers and listeners. No difference exists, except that Maher is a liberal and Limbaugh a conservative.