Liberal Columnist: The Media Has A Double Standard When It Comes To Misogyny

Over the weekend Kirsten Powers wrote a much-linked column for The Daily Beast in which she calls out her fellow leftists for a bit of hypocrisy in their outrageously outrageous outrage over Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comments:

But if Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?
During the 2008 election Ed Schultz said on his radio show that Sarah Palin set off a “bimbo alert.” He called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” (He later apologized.) He once even took to his blog to call yours truly a “bimbo” for the offense of quoting him accurately in a New York Post column.

Keith Olbermann has said that conservative commentator S.E. Cupp should have been aborted by her parents, apparently because he finds her having opinions offensive. He called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” He found it newsworthy to discuss Carrie Prejean’s breasts on his MSNBC show…

The grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher.

Left-wing darling Matt Taibbi wrote on his blog in 2009, “When I read [Malkin’s] stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of balls in her mouth.”

Powers also discussed the issue today on Fox News:

You see, it’s ok when liberals say offensive things about women. As long as they think the right way on policy, they can get away with saying terrible things. Perhaps the most classic example is the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who was mourned by feminists despite a lengthy history of being a drunken, womanizing sleazeball who used his power to manipulate women near him, including one he left behind to drown in a wrecked car.

So go ahead and refer to that woman you disagree with as a whore, liberal men. As long as you support a contraception entitlement, you can still call yourself a feminist.

Which isn’t to say that I’m excusing Rush for his remarks. They were mean-spirited and unnecessary, and unfortunately have derailed (for the time being anyway) what was a much-needed debate about the notions of religious and economic freedom. Rush lowered the tone of the debate, and in so doing hurt his own cause. It backfired, much like the left how propelled Sarah Palin to stardom by attacking her so unfairly that many Americans felt compelled to defend her.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Econwarrior

    If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.  The filth they spewed at Sarah and Bristol Palin was 1000x worse than anything said about Fluck.

    • Guest

      You mean that family values preacher with her knocked-up, out-of-wedlock daughter?

      That’s what none of you brainless nit-wits seem to understand, when you put your hypocrisy and your vile hatred public in the form of what you call “opinions,” it will come back to you.

      What did Fluke do to deserve her abuse by the right?

      • donwalk

        It was a set-up to begin with. Enrolling in a Catholic school to begin with?
        On top of that, a thirty year old pretending to be a legitimate student, when she had an agenda to begin with.
        A few mor examples of Liberal Democrats and their hypocrisy:
        The head of the California NOW affiliate called Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a whore.
        Bill Maher called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the c-word in describing her.
        Bill Maher called Palin and Bachman “boobs” and “two bimbos”.
        Bill Maher cracked a joke about Santorum’s wife using a vibrator.
         
        Bill Maher screamed about a women breast feeding her child, “don’t show me your tits”.

        Such enlightening examples of integrity, how can you argue with them? 

      • $8194357

        She auditioned for the right to be the lefts protected status victom of the week to deflect the real issue of 1st Ammendment destruction agendas…Sheesh get a clue…She will reap big rewards for her team spirit and good reproductive justice cause advocate manufactured gender crisis of the week……

      • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bikebubba

        What did Fluke do to deserve her abuse by the right?  Well, she lied to Congress, for starters.  Contraception of the sort mandated by Mr. Obama does not cost $1000/year unless you’re going with the name brand patch instead of the $120/year generic pill.

        And should we be mandating that insurance companies cover “Cadillac” birth control for free? 

      • two_amber_lamps

        Lie, misrepresent herself, present herself in the light of a harlot?  Need I say more?

      • Econwarrior

        So, in your liberal way of thinking, it’s OK to smear and slander someone if you disagree with them?  The First Amendment disagrees with Fluck.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Fluck?  Was that intentional??  Chrissakes that was hilarious….

      • Econwarrior

        It’s the phonetic pronunciation, according to the liberal media.  That’s how they’re pronouncing it.

  • spud

    Rob Ed got suspended what more did he deserve.  Rush called her all this for three days and blamed Obama and the left in his apology today.  Give it a rest.  If you believe that Dems played politics in turning a negative from the start into a positive in the end on this church  contraceptive insurance scheme than you have to admit Rush Limbaugh must have been in on it because his flattering remarks bit the conservatives right in the ass on this one.  We know who took the PR hit on this one.  Have others on both sides said hateful things yes.  Its hard to feel sorry for Rush when this 30 yr old student now that might be a story never once brought up any of her so called sex life in her testimony.  Go find a better story because this one is not working out to well when most of statements printed on her here are disgusting comments by your readers. 
    If cussing and swearing by the standards of some of your bloggers is helping they are wrong.

    • donwalk

      Nobody is feeling sorry for Limbaugh at all. He made his own bed, so he can sleep in it. From my previous post:
      It was a set-up to begin with. Enrolling in a Catholic school to begin with?
      On top of that, a thirty year old pretending to be a legitimate student, when she had an agenda to begin with.
      A few mor examples of Liberal Democrats and their hypocrisy:
      The head of the California NOW affiliate called Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a whore.
      Bill Maher called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the c-word in describing her.
      Bill Maher called Palin and Bachman “boobs” and “two bimbos”.
      Bill Maher cracked a joke about Santorum’s wife using a vibrator.
      Bill Maher screamed about a women breast feeding her child, “don’t show me your tits”.Can you even pronounce or spell hypocrisy?

  • sbark

    Turns out Fluck has more motives than just free contraception……..like anything Liberal there are no limits, no bordors, no end to the political activism…..

    B]irth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
    The title of the article . . . is “Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons” and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review.

    …..this little tryst is just a stepping stone to getting sex change operations included in ObamaCare…….and paid for by who……Catholic Church also?

    Well then if one of two Lesbians has a free sex change operation……is it then a legal marriage?…between 2 person of opposite sex?

    • $8194357

      A radicle cause advocate manufactured crisis..go figure?

    • WOOF

      You think Ms Fluke enrolled in the Jesuit law school three years ago to weigh in on Obama’s contraception initiative and pave the way for ” getting sex change operations included in ObamaCare”?
      Deep cover, sleeper cell, clever.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Looked like a great way to finish her college career and start in “social justice advocacy” or some other field of leftist manufactured tripe.

  • sbark

    Add in the hypocrisy of a advertiser like Carbonite……who’s CEO has ties to Soro’s media matters and also advertizes on Ed Laura Ingramm Slut Schultz’s show…..

    funny thing is……..he didnt seem to mind the Ingramm is a slut slur enough to cancel advertizing there….

    …….but he was a capitalist enough to want to use Rush’ advertsing to simply make money, probably enough to offset losses on the Ed Schultz show ads……

    Am. Spec has a great indepth article detailing the dropped ad’rs
    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/03/05/rally-for-rush/5

    • $8194357

      International progressive membership has its priviliges good ole boys club, huh…

    • banjo kid

      carbonite is an elite service , any one with a brain can save and back up the entire computer and replace it in 50 minutes with out a re install of windows .  Carbonite and others have the risk of losing all they have on the servers . I rest in an external one terabyte of space at my call anytime I want .

  • Matthew

    Both sides miss the point all together.

    Neither party gets a pass for attacking women less.  Both parties attack women in ways that they would never attack men. 

    Is the rights attack on Michelle, Hillary or Fluke any less vile than the left’s attack on Palin, Malkin or Coulter?   I don’t think so.  I think we treat women in politics a whole lot worse than we treat men, with no good reason.

    • $8194357

      matthew? are you metro or what?
      get a grip son…get a grip…

      • Matthew

         I’m not metro.  I’m just smarter than you.

        • $8194357

          Knowlege built on falsehood isn’t knowledge at all son..Its deception..
          I would rather be right than smarter than someone else, but thats just me..You lefties sure take alot of pride in your “know it all know nothing” abilities, huh son?

          • banjo kid

             Ditto !

        • Econwarrior

          Apparently, you’re not smart enough to realize that Fluck is part of a huge distraction by the Dems to cover up their violation of our First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Sorry, but when it comes to politics I don’t see women getting attacked any worse than men. Just look at the eight year assault the left  made against Bush. No woman has had to go through that. Not even Hillary and being who she is and what she has done she has gotten off easy.

    • The Fighting Czech

      At first I would have disagreed with you,  but after pondering about it,  Ive decided your correct after all.    I came from a generation that was taught , sometimes the hard way, that Women should be respected,  and treated better then Men.  Those days are gone now.  In Womans quest to be just like Men, Women are becoming just as threatening   as any Man,  So man is slowly learning to respond to women accordingly.  Its really too bad that women want to be like men.  I think Civilization will suffer greatly because of this. 

      • banjo kid

         It already has suffered and is suffering today .

  • SigFan

    The media has a double standard?  Gee, ya’ think?  And we should all remember that when Schultz, or Maher or one of the other loudmouths of the left spout off their next insult to a conservative woman.  I expect rbb, woof, hanni and ellinas and the left-wing media to condemn them in the strongest terms, and call for their sponsors to drop their advertising on their shows, and go on and on endlessly about how shameful it all is.  Oh, wait – never mind.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Truth be known, advertisers are probably lining to be heard by the most listened to talk show in history, Bill Maher, Bill Press, Mike Malloy, Ed Schuultz and the like? Not so much.

  • awfulorv

    You cannot hurt a woman by offering an opinion of their morals, actions, beliefs,etc.  There is only one way to seriously wound a woman’s psyche,  that is to take note of, in a fairly loud voice, the voluminous mass that is their buttocks. They will scurry away from you, usually backwards, as if you were a large Bat. Try it, works every time…

    • Econwarrior

      Only with “white” women.

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