Just returned from the gym where they tend to play CNN on at least one of the television monitors. Normally, it seems their stories are culled from Democratic talking points, with an occasional right-of-center pundit included in the conversation to make their coverage appear balanced.
Well, today when I looked up saw they had on a Republican strategist talking about Bill Maher’s misogynistic rhetoric. They showed a clip of of the former funnyman next to one of Rush Limbaugh (who, unlike Mr. Maher, has apologized for his slurs), indicating the the coverage of “slut-gate” caused conservatives to raise the issue of media double standards.
CNN can’t help but cover stories outside their comfort zone.
“He’s not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Maher, who donated $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, has increasingly become a target of right-wing attacks over the last week in response to the left’s attacks onRush Limbaugh. Maher has come under fire for calling Sarah Palin a “c**t” during his stand-up act and a “dumb tw**t” on his HBO show, among other sexist comments.
In the wake of this announcement, Jim Geraghty has a little fun with “Bill Burton, Obama’s former who now heads his SuperPAC, insisted last week that it was completely unacceptable for Republicans to not denounce Rush Limbaugh for his comments, but there was no need for Democrats to distance themselves from Bill Maher.” (Just read the whole thing; it’s short and fun.)
Axelrod isn’t the only one to bail. Over at the Daily Caller, Taylor Bigler reports that others on the left have “sought to distance themselves from the comedian [sic] in recent weeks as similarities between the two media personalities have come to light“, with the Alabama Democratic Party cutting “ties with Maher after he was scheduled to headline a fundraiser.”
Democrats are feeling heat that they would not have felt had they not attempted to use Rush Limbaugh’s language to hurt Republicans. And our friends in the legacy media find themselves compelled to cover the story.
And from our liberal friends on Facbook, we learn that Democrats keep beating the drum about some “Republican War on Women.”