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So what do you think - Is There Hypocrisy in Verbal Intimidation?

Rush Limbaugh set off a controversy recently over his remarks about Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke. Now people are drawing parallels to Bill Maher's remarks about Sarah Palin and her daughter. What do you think?

On Sunday, The Washington Post asked if conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has had his "Imus moment." The backlash continues to grow against Limbaugh in the wake of his verbal attack on Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, who spoke at a Democratic panel in support of insurance coverage for birth-control costs.

But others are now drawing parallels to comments made by comedian Bill Maher about Sarah Palin and her daughters. Even well-known Democratic commentator Kirsten Powers said there is a double standard. While some on the left pushed for a boycott of advertisers that don't drop Limbaugh's radio talk show, others on the right are now calling for President Barack Obama to return or refuse any money obtained by fundraisers headlined by Maher. 

President Barack Obama threw himself in the mix by calling Fluke personally. Limbaugh has apologized and others are now calling for Maher to apologize. While he hasn't done so, he has come out in defense of Limbaugh, saying this is a free speech issue. People are also saying Obama should call Palin as he did Fluke - she too has been a victim of verbal intimidation.

What do you think? Is this a double standard? Should Limbaugh be fired or his advertisers boycotted? On the other hand, should the president give back any money raised with the help of Bill Maher?

Grant March 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Karsten... The media DID focus on it ...There was all sorts of outrage (have you heard of Google? try it !) . Several of the FoxNews heads were near orgasmal in their condemnation of Maher and their butthurt whining again, your failure to recall the issue does not mean it did not occur.. . But yeah , it is certainly OK to agree with Maher or Rush if one so chooses . There is a difference though. That vapid halfwit Palin is/was a public figure and is therefore "fair game" for Saturday Night Live , Leno , Maher and even Betty White (who called her a crazy b#&$h) Not that any of this matters at all , as I said earlier maher & Rush are paid to generate controversy , despote all the whargarbll Rush is laughing his fat drug addled fanny off at the poostorm he created. Your logic regarding increased insurance costs due to birth control coverage is badly flawed. You're worried about increased insurance costs by adding coverage for the pill? You do understand that babies are more expensive to the insurance companies than the pill is right? You also understand that the pill tends to prevent the occurrence of babies, right? I'll assume you are also aware that Viagra (covered) can also be responsible for the occurrence of babies , where's that outrage?
Sharon Swanepoel March 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
This is supposed to be "civil" discourse. Just sayin! Couldn't we keep it that way!
Karsten Torch March 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Grant, you're killing me here. Is there any chance at all that you can stay focused and stop repeating the same thing every time? I know google exists. There's lots of references to Maher and every other talking head that's said anything stupid. But like you just said, Fox News and the right wing talking heads were upset about Maher. Nothing from the mainstream media. Seriously, if you can't understand this line of reasoning, I'm not sure I can state it any differently. Palin handles herself, she definitely doesn't need you or I to come to her aid. Or Obama. I never complained about Palin, or asked for Ludacriss to be taken off the air when he said McCain should be relegated to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. You guys are the ones that are having the fit about Rush. We're just pointing out the hypocrisy. Which you're confirming with every response. And my logic is only flawed if you're under the mistaken impression that somebody owes you healthcare and that you shouldn't have to pay for anything on your own. In which case, yeah, it would be cheaper to supply birth control. Even though lack of birth control isn't really the main reason for pregnancies, we'll go ahead and assume it is. The argument being put forth is that it's ridiculous to assume that we have the right to never expect to pay for anything again. I mean seriously, where's it going to end?
Karsten Torch March 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
This is civil. Much more so than these threads usually are. Grant and I are just having fun!
Grant March 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Since when is Fox not the "mainstream media"? LOL > Fox and the rightwing talking heads are just the same as CNN and the lefty heads...No double standard, no hypocrisy. I think it's pretty clear that I'm not having a fit, just pointing out the "hypocrisy" claimed by one side or the other is nonsense. Both sides do it and both sides whine about it ..Samey samey I dont expect anyone to pay for my healthcare Karsten . I pay for insurance to cover my family's needs. Again , true fact that birth control costs my insurance company WAY less than the children it might prevent,hence it helps keep my rates low !

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