Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt
Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their
misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who
are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that
Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who
finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law
student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress
about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the
departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from
liberal groups outraged by the comments. [...]
But if Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?
Powers then shared numerous misogynistic episodes by folks like
Matthews, Olbermann, Taibbi, Schultz, and especially Maher - many of
which having been reported by NewsBusters - noting how the same folks on
the left heaping scorn on Limbaugh and calling for boycotts of his
sponsors turn a blind eye to far worse sexism from these "swine."
This is not to suggest that liberals—or feminists—never complain about
misogyny. Many feminist blogs now document attacks on women on the left
and the right, including Jezebel, Shakesville, and the Women’s Media
Center (which was cofounded by Steinem). But when it comes to
high-profile campaigns to hold these men accountable—such as that waged
against Limbaugh—the real fury seems reserved only for conservatives,
while the men on the left get a wink and a nod as long as they are
carrying water for the liberal cause.
After all, if Limbaugh’s outburst is part of the “war on women,” then what is the routine misogyny of liberal media men?
It’s time for some equal-opportunity accountability. Without it, the
fight against media misogyny will continue to be perceived as a proxy
war for the Democratic Party, not a fight for fair treatment of women in
the public square.
Indeed. I would also note that Limbaugh apologized for his comments
which should diminish accusations of his misogyny. By contrast, it's a
rare thing for a liberal media member to ever acknowledge wrong-doing in
Maher on Friday even said it was okay for him to call Sarah Palin the C-word because he's on HBO and therefore doesn't have sponsors.
That will likely be the extent of his mea culpa without any pushback
from his supporters who would be going berserk if he were making such
comments about Democrats.