Liberal columnist says 'double standard' in attacks on Rush
Kirsten Powers reacts to controversy
- Duration 6:53
- Date Mar 5, 2012
Kirsten Powers reacts to controversy
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Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh apologizing this weekend for his offensive description.
Of -- Georgetown law student who testified before congress.
The apology was immediately touted as a badge of honor by some on the left.
But now one top liberal commentator is telling her playing not so fast in the celebrations.
Kirsten Powers suggesting that some of Limbaugh as loud as critics might -- -- look in the mirror.
As far as what we now she's a columnist for the Daily Beast dot com and -- Fox News contributor -- and welcome.
Megan so this is interesting because this is you know started does something about that religious liberty -- contraception and it's morphed into something very different now.
About whether it in your piece you raise a question about whether there is a double standard when it comes to calling out.
Conservatives who say the wrong things offensive -- and liberals who do the same.
Now let and I said in my column that I think what Rush Limbaugh said was extremely egregious it's something that I think he deserves it you know that -- Out outpouring of anger about that the boycott everything I I support all that but at the same time if you're going to get so upset about.
Hit him you know using this term it's not gonna use on television.
It's the -- -- -- it's got to Nazis.
It's yes FL high density will leave it at that yes thank you you know there may not get upset when somebody like Bill -- -- is a major donor to.
President Obama is super packing -- in a million dollars and someone.
You liberals go on his show all the time top liberals go on and Jennifer -- -- was just gonna show Russ Feingold was just on the show.
And so for if these if you have all these levels coming out and now saying -- on bodies to be taken off the air for saying stuff like this.
Then I don't it doesn't make sense that somebody like Bill Maher is able to go ahead and in -- to stay up but still have all these like top Democrats to stop.
Top liberals come on like nothing's going -- -- no problem.
You call him Bill -- that that the grand who Bob media misogyny.
And -- -- examples you listen earpiece are really epic I mean he called Sarah Palin a dominant TW.
Blank yeah T is he called -- the C word.
He called the Sarah Palin and congresswoman Bachmann -- and to being bimbos.
And I'm not a -- -- and I thought it was interesting because you point out how none other than.
Goes on his show and doesn't confront him about it but who did.
And Coulter in other big -- to -- And -- So you know I think it -- have an apartment is that it's it's hard even repeat that things that he says on television right because they're they're so outrageous.
And and what's been particularly upsetting to me Megan has been the response that I've gotten which -- to this article which is.
Oh it's so different it's -- to cough syrup -- all those words because she's a public person but this other one and hale was in front of that.
You know hearing on the contraception -- -- -- she's a private person is like.
-- I'm sorry it's OK to call somebody the C word of their public person when did that happen and you know I like like oh you'll start calling me up to close to that everyone -- scholarship the public percent allow.
You know it's not okay and Omar hasn't attacked a woman who was a private citizen.
-- with involvement in case because she was breastfeeding and she was her her raps about it he's an all sorts of horrible things about this one.
He's gonna -- well I don't want because I don't have sponsors but a lot of the menu list in your article -- some of the worst offenders.
Do have sponsors and they do seem to get a pass when -- savings -- are not just offensive but you know hurtful.
If there's like a presumption that some of these women don't have any feelings from Sandra fluke on down.
Including Sarah Palin insurance -- and feelings you and you went through Ed Schultz.
Called Sarah Palin -- bimbo and called Laura Ingraham a right wing SL same -- same -- SLU you know what right now he later was forced to apologize but is is he being boycotted.
Keith Olbermann you talk about some the things he has sectors that.
Yeah why don't that's the point -- -- the other thing as a while he apologized so it's okay and I my my response to that is really.
If somebody drop and word.
-- they just apologizing get out of that I don't understand why these very specific gender specific attacks on women are okay.
It's finally -- I want alone and let you know we're all grown ups go ahead and you know call us do better what are you want.
But the point is why why did they have to choose he's very gender specific names have -- -- particularly nasty towards women why do you think just on.
On the Olbermann front he could he said as -- -- should have been aborted by her parents he's -- falcon is a mashed up bag of meet with lipstick and where was the average case -- I mean why.
Why why do they get away with -- when somebody like rush does not.
Because this isn't really about misogyny -- and this is about the Democratic Party it and that's what always comes down to with a proxy war for the Democratic Party.
They can use it out of for the election for part of the war on women.
And they can attack Rush Limbaugh because they hate Rush Limbaugh because he's conservative it has nothing to deal with with misogyny earth sexism or -- like that because if it did.
They would flip out over and Schultz over -- -- be at Rolling Stone who says stuff that literally cannot repeat on there I mean it's so disgusting and he's done so much more than I even.
Included an article -- -- looks -- multi at Washington Post has a piece up right now about the horrible things that he is set about her.
You know still look they overlook it because -- liberal and liberal men are allowed to be inside -- apparently I don't help -- You don't think they're genuinely offended that it's it's that there's not genuinely offended by rush and they're not offended when -- -- Bill Maher saying these things but -- -- an opportunity when a conservative doesn't yet they see an opportunity it's not about not -- that I do you think they actually probably.
Find it offensive I can't imagine how you would read most of that stuff to somebody and they would say it's not offensive my point in the article was.
OK if your offended and do something about that you can't only do it when it's a conservative he can't just sit there quietly while Chris Matthews doesn't.
Real serious damage to Hillary Clinton in the first woman in a presidential candidate has a chance of winning an election.
Is just denigrated and -- -- apart and just in the most vicious sexist terms by him.
Over and over and any kind of gives us lame apology light.
Seven months later eight months later after his RD dot all the damage and hundreds -- massive do over again and you know so.
It's the point is if you're if you're really upset about -- doing something do something about it and for Bill Maher.
Okay he doesn't have sponsors just don't wanna shell and it's very simple if you get it if it's so horrible call somebody an SL UT.
You know then it's got me back to call them the C work right I am kind of that.
It sounds and I have to say -- -- Bill Maher show he had less than kind word for me at one point and Jane Harman a Democrat was sitting there.
Put him in his place glorious -- gathering on the couch not so much I think that's very interesting -- and thank you so much for coming out with your insights.
Thank you make all that's.