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Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke tirade: Are liberals just as bad?
Conservatives defend Rush Limbaugh by accusing the Left of giving its own sexists — like Bill Maher, they say — a pass
Conservatives point to comedian Bill Maher, a big contributor to Obama's super PAC, as an example of liberals who make comments every bit as sexist as Rush Limbaugh's "slut" tirade against Sandra Fluke.
Conservatives point to comedian Bill Maher, a big contributor to Obama's super PAC, as an example of liberals who make comments every bit as sexist as Rush Limbaugh's "slut" tirade against Sandra Fluke.
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s corporate sponsors flee Rush Limbaugh for calling birth-control activist Sandra Fluke a "slut," many conservatives are rushing to his defense. This week, Sarah Palin called the Left's attacks on the conservative talk-radio personality the "definition of hypocrisy." After all, Palin said, liberals — including comedian Bill Maher, who has donated $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC — have said plenty of "horrible things" about her and other conservative women. Is the Left hypocritical for attacking Rush?

Liberals say worse things than Rush: The Left is using one radio outburst to "demonize the entire Right," says syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, but "it's the progressive Left... that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs." Where were the leftist feminists when liberals were calling me a "Manila whore" for expressing conservative opinions, or when "MSNBC misogynist Ed Schultz" called "talk show host Laura Ingraham a 'talk slut' for criticizing Obama's petty beer summit"?
"Don't forget liberals' war on conservative women"

Limbaugh went way beyond using a few insulting words: Feminists did excoriate Maher for insulting Palin and Michele Bachmann, says Irin Carmon at Salon, as they did Schultz, and every other high-profile liberal guilty of sexist language. But Limbaugh's tirade went beyond "misogynistic insults." His vile, "leering" words were part of a sustained attempt to demean and silence women for having the audacity to speak up against the conservative "war on women" and their reproductive health.
"Feminists call out liberals too!"

Both sides are distracted from the real issues: Each side has its grievances, says Nick Gillespie at Reason. Conservatives say liberals are just as bad. Liberals say Limbaugh is worse because he has millions of followers. But "the outrage over foul language has obscured a serious debate over the implications and implementation of Obama's health-care reform." This election year, the nation is facing economic calamity and a host of foreign crises, but "we'd rather talk about anything else than how to fix what's wrong with us."
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