I can’t say as I agree with Kirsten Powers’ assertion that Rush is a misogynist – Rush doesn’t hate women, but he did go a little overboard by characterizing Sandra Fluke as a slut and a prostitute. He was engaging in hyperbole to make a point about the stupidity of her testimony on the totally unimportant topic of free contraception, and the completely off-the-wall (and totally unchallenged by the mainstream media) claim that it costs $1000 per year to buy birth control. Whatever.
I do agree with Powers, however, that if Rush can be called a misogynist for his comments, then surely there are several liberal media personalities that should be upbraided for the same offense. To wit:
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. His solution for dealing with Hillary Clinton, who he thought should drop out of the presidential race, was to find “somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out.” Olbermann now works for über-leftist and former Democratic vice president Al Gore at Current TV.
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.” In a Rolling Stone article about Secretary of State Clinton, he referred to her “flabby arms.” When feminist writer Erica Jong criticized him for it, he responded by referring to Jong as an “800-year old sex novelist.” (Jong is almost 70, which apparently makes her an irrelevant human being.) In Taibbi’s profile of Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann he labeled her “batshit crazy.” (Oh, those “crazy” women with their hormones and all.)
How come nobody’s trying to shut these guys up? Because none of them is regularly engaged in dispersing the truth about what the Obama administration is up to. It’s like a “backdoor” Fairness Doctrine attack – if the libs can’t legislate Rush off the air, they’ll attack him through his advertisers.