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

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