OK, let me see if I got this whole thing correct:
David Letterman made some seriously questionable jokes on his show regarding Bristol Palin. He was called to task on it, and if memory serves me correctly the very next night he apologized on air for his distasteful commentary. It wasn’t Conservatives and “Non-Liberals” solely complaining, it was a cross-section of America that complained.
Bill Maher, who has his own cable television show (which means he has no advertisers per se so he can pretty much say and do whatever he likes) made distasteful comments about Michelle Bachmann, Laura Ingram and I don’t know who else. People whined, but nobody actually DID anything about it.
Rush Limbaugh verbally attacks a college student on air about her sex life simply because she spoke about the medicinal benefits of oral contraception (so what exactly does Rush KNOW about her sex life anyway?), is lambasted for it, offers up a paper thin apology (that only reads like an apology to him and maybe his mom) and voices are raised so loudly, and organized so successfully, that advertisers are dropping from his show like Chicago Cubs fans in September.
My acquaintances on the right are screaming bloody murder about liberal double standards because (they say) liberals are not up in arms demanding that Letterman and Maher be taken off the air.
Two things immediately come to mind (and to be clear, I don’t condone what Letterman said or what Maher says):
1) Bill Maher and David Letterman are COMEDIANS. They, as part of their job, MAKE FUN OF PEOPLE. ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. They are equal opportunity offenders. They use humor to educate us on the inadequacies of our own understanding of things like racism, misogyny, political polarization, and humanitarianism. Sometimes, they go too far. When they do, they get slapped around for it publicly.
2) Rush Limbaugh is a Political Commentator, NOT a comedian. His attacks are not meant to enlighten, to poke fun, or to educate. They are meant to eviscerate and further his own agenda and that of his avowed political party. Rush not only frequently goes too far, he has tried to move the “too far” line when no one is looking in the hopes that no one will notice it.
So, for my conservative acquaintances, I would say – if you don’t like what Maher says, and you don’t like what Letterman says, why don’t you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
Instead of just whining about the double standard that ALL LIBERALS promote, get off your conservative asses and organize a protest. Call or write the sponsors.
You generalize about people you don’t even know. So I feel safe in making the sweeping generalization that all conservatives are whiny, uneducated assholes.
Feel better now?
*To further clarify, I don’t consider myself to be a true liberal. I tend to gravitate more towards the center, so I’m not a conservative either. I guess I’d be a conservative liberal if there was such a thing.