- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bill Maher still lobs insults, though he’s now a leading figure in the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s untoward comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, for which he apologized. Twice. Mr. Maher, a $1 million donor to President Obama’s re-election campaign and host of his own HBO talk show, symbolizes a double standard among conservatives who wonder why press and punditry don’t demand that Mr. Maher apologize for comments he made about Sarah Palin and Rep. Michelle Bachmann in recent days.

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?” asks Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell, in a letter to CNN host Piers Morgan.

“How many of these outlets condemned him at all? Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a ‘slut’ on his radio show. MSNBC suspended him for a week, but none of Schultz’s advertisers dropped his show under media pressure. There was no pressure.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Maher is still, uh, quipping. For the curious: a catalog of barbs from his latest opening monologue:

“I thought the election was gonna be all about the economy. But the economy started doing better. So Republicans went to plan b: calling women whores.

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Sandra Fluke got a call today from the president. President Obama called her to thank her for her testimony. And then President Clinton called Obama to get her number.

Rush Limbaugh: Four wives, he’s had — no children. Dude, you are birth control.”

AND IN SUMMATION

“President Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone’s daughter, why doesn’t his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?”

(Sarah Palin in a Facebook post Tuesday; the misogynist in question is the aforementioned Mr. Maher.)

BUST A MOVE

“It’s not the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians. It’s the Hall of Famous Missourians.”

And so goes the simple rationale of Missouri state Rep. Steve Tilley, a Republican, who commissioned a privately funded, sculptural bust of Rush Limbaugh, to stand in his state’s capitol rotunda with Harry Truman, Walt Disney and baseball great Stan Musial, among other noteworthy native Missourians. Mr. Limbaugh was born in Cape Girardeau.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, is among those who have already complained about Mr. Tilley’s project.

A MONITOR MOMENT

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