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Where was liberal outrage when female Republicans were slurred?

Even though I have some serious concerns about Michele Bachmann’s stands on social issues, I believe we should counter her with arguments rather than insults.

Some liberal personalities — as well as a good number of gay activists — have preferred instead to address her on a regular basis which the kind of slur Rush Limbaugh utters on a very (very, very) infrequent basis.  Indeed, she observed as much when Piers Morgan asked her about the conservative talk show host’s ugly language, “I have gone through myself an experience more things said about me and I have never seen this level of outrage on the left.

Rush Limbaugh has apologized.  Some (most?) of Mrs. Bachmann’s critics have not.

One of those critics (who has, as far as I can determine, yet to apologize) contends that “liberals looking bad not accepting” the apology.  And they still can’t let go of the story. Reporting that Limbaugh has been “targeted by multiple death threats”, Dan Riehl finds the “mainstream media . . . culpable“, citing a NewsBusters repor that ABC had aired eight Limbaugh stories in fewer than five days.  (H/t Instapundit.)

Wonder how many stories ABC ran on the harsh rhetoric directed against Mrs. Bachmann.  And she was subject to more than one slur by more than than one prominent left-wing pundit.



  1. ABC had aired eight Limbaugh stories in fewer than five days

    All part of the Great Distractions.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 7, 2012 @ 2:18 pm - March 7, 2012

  2. So, issuing a death threat against someone is better than calling an evidently promiscuous woman a slut? Liberal logic.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 7, 2012 @ 3:49 pm - March 7, 2012

  3. Where did a prominent “liberal” journalist or entertainer call conservative women sluts and prostitutes? I tried to give you benefit of the doubt to find out who, oh who, should be counter apologizing… but can’t find the real people you are demonizing. The closest I found was a blogger being derogatory about Michelle Bachman…while he was defending Rick Perry.
    So maybe it is the anti-women Conservatives you are talking about…?

    Comment by Rob — March 7, 2012 @ 4:13 pm - March 7, 2012

  4. Rob, here are some examples of left-wing misogyny.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 7, 2012 @ 4:29 pm - March 7, 2012

  5. Rob, you’re clearly behind the times. Start by googling “bill maher palin c*nt”, replacing the correct vowel of course.

    Oh wait – you could be rationalizing that “c*nt” is somehow isn’t just like “slut”, only worse – is that it?

    Move on to “Keith Olbermann Michelle Malkin bag of meat”, if you’d like.

    These enterprising days being what they are, I bet there are web pages out there where people have collected the many examples of left-liberals calling conservative women names.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 7, 2012 @ 4:30 pm - March 7, 2012

  6. Whoops, rs gots one.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 7, 2012 @ 4:31 pm - March 7, 2012

  7. Well, Rob, liberal journalist Ed Schultz called conservative woman Laura Ingraham a slut. Bill Maher, liberal and apparently a commentator of sufficient stature to appear on news programs like ‘This Week’ called Sarah Palin a “c-nt” and a “tw-at” and had his career advance from basic cable, to broadcast network, to premium cable. Liberal journalist Bill Maher also said Sarah Palin Would ‘F–k’ Rick Perry If He Was Black, that Sarah Palin ‘Sells Patriotism Like a Pimp’ and is ‘Leader of a Strange Family of Inbred Weirdos’

    Liberal journalist Keith Olbarmann referred to conservative woman Michelle Malkin as “mashed up bag of meat with lipstick.”

    Liberal talk-show host Mike Malloy called Michele Bachmann a “skank”

    Liberal Journalist Matt Taibbi called Michele Bachman ‘bats-t crazy’ ‘political psychopath’ with a ‘gigantic set of burnished titanium Terminator-testicles swinging under her skirt’. Taibbi had some classy words for other conservative women:

    Taibbi on Ann Coulter “When you read Ann Coulter, you know you’re reading someone who would f*** a hippopotamus if she thought it would boost her Q rating.”

    Taibbi on Michelle Malkin: “ I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of b**** in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose.”

    And those are just the tip of the icebarg, just a quick search on Newsbusters.

    Comment by V the K — March 7, 2012 @ 4:43 pm - March 7, 2012

  8. Here’s another example for Rob. Oh look at the date…

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 7, 2012 @ 4:57 pm - March 7, 2012

  9. Female Republicans should and must be disgraced because they are traitors to their sex, the same as blacks or Hispanics that are conservative. Only white men can be Republicans in this country, and all other people must adhere to the great principles of the Democrat party.

    Comment by davinci — March 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am - March 8, 2012

  10. You guys are loving this story because it plays into all of your myths about political correctness and media bias and double standards and all that. But I’ll say it again – this story blew up the way it did not because Rush Limbaugh tossed out a few insults over a couple of days, but because he is making a point about all contraception supporters being sluts in the most literal sense of the word.

    People call each other names all the time in politics and in media and in life. I’m sure Michelle Bachman has gotten her fair share of it, but to pretend like conservatives haven’t had a field day with women like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama is disingenuous. The point is that just using a certain word doesn’t necessarily mean you are a sexist, or a racist, or an anti-Semite, or whatever. Words may give a clue, but context is as ever, most important.

    And the context of Limbaugh’s rants clearly reveals that he thinks that all women who support contraception coverage are sluts who are asking the government to pay them to have sex, which he is okay with by the way if they post videos of themselves doing it on the internet.

    There is a wide chasm between those kinds of meandering ravings and calling someone a twat in between jokes on your comedy show. I’m a fan of Bill Maher and I will agree that he has some issues with women. He has said some pretty stupid things about some women individually as well made some broad generalizations about the gender generally, but he’s never expressed an opinion as dated or sexist as what Rush has done. Maher says ‘twat’ and moves on, Limbaugh lingered on the topic of these slutty contraception supporters for three days and only relented because it was justifiably starting to hit him in the wallet.

    There’s a difference there, and there are others. Rush Limbaugh is a much larger figure in Republican politics than Bill Maher is. It’s an election year. It doesn’t have anything to do with media bias though, and making excuses for a man with Rush’s experience, who couldn’t help himself and insisted on hammering away on this point over and over again for a days, is cowardly and humiliating. But then, conservatives still want to make the point, don’t they? I’ve seen that sentiment expressed on this blog; ‘women who support contraception coverage are sluts in every sense of the word, we just shouldn’t use the word because it makes us look bad.’ Again, it isn’t the word that makes you look bad, it’s the ugly, hateful, and stupid reasoning behind your position that makes you look bad.

    Comment by Levi — March 8, 2012 @ 11:39 am - March 8, 2012

  11. More rambling from the woman hater, Levi. No wonder he’s a fan of Bill Maher. They sound alike.

    Meanwhile, Liberal radio host calls for mutiliation of Conservatives.

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The Livewire — March 8, 2012 @ 12:21 pm - March 8, 2012

  12. Shorter Levi: “It’s OK because Maher is a liberal.”

    Comment by V the K — March 8, 2012 @ 1:35 pm - March 8, 2012

  13. Sorry, Levi; we’ve got your number.

    The unspoken assumption – and Ann Althouse helped me see this – is that there is some sort of consistent principle which the left applies. There isn’t. Other than the Goal. Everything else is ad hoc and contingent. Yesterday we have no problem with intemperate language – against conservatives. Today we are outraged by intemperate language – against leftists. Yesterday we offer an apology and that should be the end of it. Today we demand an apology and when you offer it it’s not good enough. Yesterday we’re outraged you didn’t include our pet activist in your hearing. Today she’s the only one speaking at our press conference.

    The left is simply grabbing whatever rhetorical and emotional weapon is available for attacking anyone who would stand in the way of their agenda. So to say “only liberal apologies are accepted”, while maybe true, is to assume there’s some sort of consistent principle here. There isn’t.

    Comment by Rick67 — March 5, 2012 @ 7:02 pm – March 5, 2012

    That’s why your cries are meaningless. No one here believes that your outrage over Limbaugh’s words have anything to do with what he said; it has everything to do with the fact that you hate Limbaugh and you want him destroyed. Your rationalizations and excuses are completely ad hoc, made up on the spot to fit the situation and just as easily discarded.

    Thus ends your power. Your screams of “racist” or “sexist” only mean something if you have a history of being able to accurately and equally define racism. But all your history shows is that racism and sexism are diagnosed solely based on party affiliation, so all your cries of either mean is that someone is a “progressive” or conservative — and that your excuses and rationalizations have nothing to do with actual reality, fact, or comparability, but are just what you need at this particular point in time and just as easily discarded later.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 8, 2012 @ 2:09 pm - March 8, 2012

  14. Consistency, eh?

    Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist with a deep-seeded hatred of white people. Erik Erickson was given a job at CNN after calling David Souter a goat-f*cking child molester. Ann Coulter made that stupid joke about John Edwards being a faggot. All these people are still conservative heroes and to my knowledge, none of them have apologized for these insults, so where is your consistency?

    Again – what makes Limbaugh’s situation different is that he literally believes that women who support contraception coverage are sluts. This is not the same as calling someone a name in passing.

    Comment by Levi — March 9, 2012 @ 7:26 am - March 9, 2012

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