Just minutes ago Media Research Center President Brent Bozell sent a letter to CNN’s Piers Morgan as well as CNN D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Feist and CNN President Jim Walton citing a “double standard” placed on radio host Rush Limbaugh.
As Limbaugh continues to lose sponsors and gets slammed for Slut-gate, Bozell points out that comedian and talk show host Bill Maher called former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “a dumb twat” and didn’t suffer nearly the consequences that Limbaugh has.
An excerpt: “I am disturbed by your ongoing double standard when it comes to coverage of political rhetoric. On your show, you recently called Rush Limbaugh out for his insulting comment about a Georgetown law school student: ‘Limbaugh’s disgusting comments are the work of an archaic old dinosaur living in a warped, ugly swamp, who thinks it’s okay to degrade decent young women for sport and ratings. Well, it isn’t it. Shame on you, Rush Limbaugh.’ Fair enough. However you have seemingly turned a blind eye to the similar rhetoric of one of your guests – Bill Maher.”
Bozell says Limbaugh’s apology should be sufficient and questioned why it’s somehow not. He wrote, “When Bill Maher and other leftist commentators make similarly inappropriate remarks, they are practically ignored. To be fair, you are not alone when it comes to such a double standard. Indeed, CNN and the media overall are guilty of such unacceptable hypocrisy.”
And, he added, it’s not just CNN: “Limbaugh has been singled out and condemned across the national media – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, Associated Press, The
New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. How many of these outlets have condemned Bill Maher with equal vigor for his attacks on Palin?”