Thank You, Kirsten Powers For Reminding Us Limbaugh Is Not The Only Sexist Media Man
9:32 am, March 5th | by Laura Donovan
Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers takes a fairly uncommon stance in a new Daily Beast column titled, “Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Media Misogynist” in which she argues that left-leaning media men experience less backlash for making sexist remarks than Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators.
Referring the nationwide outrage that resulted from Limbaugh calling Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” Powers said the radio host’s words deserved a boycott but that “the army of swine on the left” — namely Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews (*ehem*), Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz — don’t receive the same public stoning for their equally offensive misogynistic comments.
Powers goes on to list some of the wildly offensive things these more liberal pundits have said about right-leaning women and behind. Declaring Maher the “grand pooh-bah of media misogyny,” Powers recalls the time he used the “c” word to describe former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and labeled her a “dumb twat.” Powers also mentions the underplayed instance in which Maher took a swipe at GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s spouse:
“He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job. Maher said of a woman who was harassed while breast-feeding at an Applebee’s, ‘Don’t show me your tits!’ as though a woman feeding her child is trying to flash Maher. (Here’s a way to solve his problem: don’t stare at a strangers’ breasts). Then, his coup de grâce: ‘And by the way, there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called Hooters!’”
She also has a few words for “left-wing darling Matt Taibbi,” whom we already knew isn’t the most tactful individual:
“When I read [Malkin’s] stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of balls in her mouth.’ In a Rolling Stone article about Secretary of State Clinton, he referred to her ‘flabby arms.’ When feminist writer Erica Jong criticized him for it, he responded by referring to Jong as an ’800-year old sex novelist.’ (Jong is almost 70, which apparently makes her an irrelevant human being.) In Taibbi’s profile of Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann he labeled her ‘batshit crazy.’”
Powers ends her piece stating that it’s “time for some equal-opportunity accountability” and that without it, the fight against media misogyny could backfire. Good riddance to that.