Since everybody in the media seems to enjoy pretending that Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin "the c word" (as discerning news outlets describe it) is the exact same thing as Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," it has apparently fallen upon Maher himself to point out the obvious difference…
"To compare that to Rush is ridiculous — he went after a civilian about very specific behavior, that was a lie, speaking for a party that has systematically gone after women's rights all year, on the public airwaves," Maher told Jake Tapper of ABC News. "I used a rude word about a public figure who gives as good as she gets, who’s called people 'terrorist' and 'unAmerican.' Sarah Barracuda."
Maher added, "The First Amendment was specifically designed for citizens to insult politicians. Libel laws were written to protect law students speaking out on political issues from getting called whores by Oxycontin addicts."
You know what? These are all excellent points, and I totally completely agree. There is no genuine comparison between Maher calling a person who wants to run the nation a bad word and Rush Limbaugh siccing his fan base upon, and impugning the reputation of, a woman giving testimony after being called before Congress. I think it would be a good idea for more people to pick up and spread this very basic truth throughout the media.
You know what? I have another good idea: We could just stop calling women "the c word." That's a thing we could do, isn't it?
Tags: Bill Maher, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Judiciary, Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke, Sarah Palin