Monday, March 5, 2012
Kirsten Powers, a liberal, shows that she cares more about what's right than defeating the right. For that, she gets my respect. Governor Palin tweeted the link to an article Powers wrote for The Daily Beast today.
Fellow Alaskan @kirstenpowers10 names the hypocrisy: http://is.gd/OvSmcB 'Nuff said.
The last few days have been abuzz with talk about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student, who found it necessary to discuss her birth control "needs" before Congress. Her plea for free contraceptives, which is baffling in and of itself, led to Rush Limbaugh calling her a "slut." He has since apologized. Kirsten Powers condemns Limbaugh's comments, but she rightly points out that liberal men have consistently referred to conservative women in vile, sexist, and disgusting terms, while many liberals have not been moved enough to take a stand against it. Somehow, however, Rush Limbaugh's comments spark a sudden deep concern for women and incredible outrage. The hypocrisy is glaring, and Powers puts it on display.
Here are some excerpts from her article:
Did you know there is a war on women?
Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
Of course not.
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.
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.”
No outrage at this? No apologies?
But the grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher—who also happens to be a favorite of liberals—who has given $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC. Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job. Maher said of a woman who was harassed while breast-feeding at an Applebee’s, “Don't show me your tits!” as though a woman feeding her child is trying to flash Maher. (Here’s a way to solve his problem: don’t stare at a strangers’ breasts). Then, his coup de grâce: “And by the way, there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called Hooters!”
Liberals—you know, the people who say they “fight for women”—comprise Maher’s audience, and a parade of high-profile liberals make up his guest list. Yet have any of them confronted him? Nope. That was left to Ann Coulter, who actually called Maher a misogynist to his face, an opportunity that feminist icon Gloria Steinem failed to take when she appeared on his show in 2011.
Bill Maher is downright despicable and disgusting. Period. Anyone who watches his show obviously falls under the same description. Decent human beings don't enjoy his kind of commentary.
Again, Kirsten Powers demonstrates a respect for the treatment of women--all women, not just liberal women. She doesn't hold back calling out the misogyny of the left just because she's a Democrat. She ends her article with this:
It’s time for some equal-opportunity accountability. Without it, the fight against media misogyny will continue to be perceived as a proxy war for the Democratic Party, not a fight for fair treatment of women in the public square.
The entire article is worth reading. Do so here.