The left’s penchant to apply double-standards when it comes to speech was on full display again last week, as it took the National Organization for Women (NOW) four days to reluctantly admit that Bill Maher might have crossed the line while insulting Sarah Palin. According to NOW, denouncing Maher’s use of a gender-associated vulgarism was a relatively unimportant, time-consuming distraction that kept them from far more important work. Of course, it was NOW’s colleagues on the left who long ago decided that Palin’s use of language they don’t like – such as daring to utter the word “reload” – is terribly provocative and of the utmost importance.
Maher’s obsession with the former governor of Alaska resurfaced in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier this month. Somehow, that tragedy translated into an excuse to insult Palin once again. After claiming that Palin wanted to invade the nation of “Tsunami” and that she said that “these Tsunamians will not get away with this,” Maher punctuated his attempt at humor by observing that Sarah Palin is a “dumb tw*t.”
It’s ironic that Maher would dare to question the intelligence of anyone, of any gender. This is after all the same fellow whose one appearance on a serious national news show featured him declaring that Brazil “got off oil” over the last thirty years and that the South American country now powers their economy on sugar cane. In fact, Brazil is the world’s ninth largest oil producer and the president of the United States wants to trade batteries for more Brazilian oil imports. Clearly, Maher is not a bright enough bulb to evaluate anyone’s intelligence.
One would expect that Maher’s misogynist remarks about Palin would raise hackles at NOW, but the organization refused to even discuss the issue when Fox asked for a comment. Then, on Tuesday, NOW finally issued a response of sorts. The group’s communications director, Lisa Bennett, published a blog post that was somewhat critical of Maher’s remarks, without bothering to name the comedian or address the incident directly.
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