The Unwavering Hypocrisy of the Left
I can’t begin to count the number of times someone from the right has made some comment or other and folks on the left begin screaming how offensive the comment was and if it’s someone with a TV or radio show, then they scream to have that person, sometimes successfully, removed from the air for their “offensive” comments. Yet those on the left do far worse with regularity and impunity.
A recent example was the repugnant comments made by Rush Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law Student who became a national celebrity for her testimony in support of taxpayer subsidized contraception before a group of House Democrats, at the request of Nancy Pelosi. This special opportunity came after Fluke was turned away from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings, on several grounds including that “she lacked expertise in questions of religious freedoms under federal law”. Although Limbaugh later apologized to Ms. Fluke, she rejected the apology.
After Limbaugh’s comments, the liberals went berserk, and called Limbaugh “disgusting”, “loathsome”, “despicable”, “a national disgrace” on and on add nauseum. Some even questioned the need for such comments “within political discourse”. While I agree that name calling and belittling comments show a decided lack of intellectual maturity. It is the left that is most often guilty of this behaviour, yet rarely does such uproar occur when practiced by liberals.
Those on the right, especially women and minorities on the right are frequent targets of the likes of Ed Schultz, David Letterman, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Alec Baldwin, and an endless stream of other leftist Hollywood celebrities and comedians. In May 2011 Schultz was suspended from his show for a week for referring to Republican talk show host Laura Ingraham as a “Right Wing Slut”. There was little news media interest and no nationwide call for advertisers to drop sponsorship of the show. Ingraham later commented on the fact that when the episode was discussed on “The View” Barbara Walters just laughed it off with the comment “Joy Behar on this program has called me a slut”. However after the Limbaugh-Fluke incident it was “Oh, isn’t this a tragedy” and “isn’t this horrible” and “Rush Limbaugh should be driven off the air.” What a difference!
There was no backlash at all when in June 2009, David Letterman commented “One awkward moment though during the game. Maybe you heard about it, maybe you saw it on one of the highlight reels, one awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game. During the 7th inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” Or when he referred to Palin as “a slutty flight attendant”. One of the slimiest journalists, and I use that term loosely, that I can think of is Keith Olbermann, who said that conservative commentator S.E Cupp should have been “aborted” by her parents, and described conservative journalist Michelle Malkin (a conservative Asian American woman) as a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” Malkin has said she is used to the slurs from the left and doesn’t pay them much attention anymore. Like most conservatives, she just considers the source.
Perhaps the most vitriolic of them all though, is the misogynistic Bill Maher, the list of disgusting remarks this man has made is almost too long to list, but a short one would include his calling Sarah Palin such words as c*nt, tw*t, and of course slut. Maher hasn’t limited his slurs to just Mrs. Palin though, he has also attacked her daughters and even her young son, who was born with Downs Syndrome. Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman has been his target as well, once referring to both Palin and Bachman as “Boobs”. For Mr. Maher there has, like Letterman, been no real backlash, no condemnation from the left; even the liberal woman at NOW have barely uttered a peep about his vulgar attacks on conservative women. I guess only liberal woman warrant their defense.
I must admit to a complete feeling of shock when I read that Bill Maher, correctly stated in a NY Times opinion piece, on Mar 21st 2012… “When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we don’t like” more or less pointing out the hypocrisy between the left’s misogyny and that of Rush Limbaugh. I have often said the same thing when people feign offense to one thing or another. You do not have a right to never be offended! People say and do stupid things every day, and thank God we live in a country where we still have that freedom. If you don’t like what you hear turn the station, if you don’t like what you see change the channel. Don’t threaten advertisers with a boycott, vote with your viewing and listening habits.
Talk shows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, etc. stay on the air because they get ratings. Air America, the liberals radio answer to Rush Limbaugh’s #1 ratings, lasted only 6 years before going bankrupt from lack of ratings. Why? Could it be that despite the shrill cries from the left, people like what they hear on the conservative talk shows, and they didn’t like what they got from Air America? When they couldn’t win in the arena of public opinion, they attempted to get the FCC and congress to reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine” which would have forced stations with conservative talk shows to give equal time to liberal shows, thankfully it was never reintroduced. There was nothing fair about the “Fairness Doctrine”, it would have forced broadcasters to devote precious air time to unprofitable programming, solely because of bureaucratic meddling. This is yet another example of the liberal hypocrisy, where “if we can’t win on our merits, then we’ll silence you with rules and regulations”. So much for the “Fairness” they are always preaching about, Huh?