In a column published yesterday on The Daily Beast, Kirsten Powers, who is also a FoxNews analyst, calls the leftist media on their hypocrisy over the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy.
Powers doesn’t want anyone to give Limbaugh a break over calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” On the contrary, she says his apology is an inauthentic attempt to keep his advertisers from abandoning him. She’s probably right. Kirsten wants Rush to grovel more and to call Fluke on the phone, just President Obama did.
While I agree that Limbaugh’s comments were inappropriate and over the top, I predict that Fluke will parlay the resulting exposure into a lucrative media career. Watch out Rachel Madow and the lefties on The View — Sandra Fluke is your new competition. If living well is the best revenge, we’ll be seeing more of Fluke gloating than we’ll see or hear of Limbaugh groveling.
Powers has nothing to worry about. Fluke is no competition for Kirsten. Kirsten has integrity.
Which is why Powers calls out Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman and a couple of misogynists lefties I’ve never heard of (I’m sure they’ve never heard of me either), in graphic detail.
What if they said those horrible things about Jews or African-Americans, Powers asks rhetorically as if the answer was obvious.
The answer is obvious, but not the one Powers was implying. If Matthews or Olbermann said something racist about a Jew, nothing much would happen. If they said something racist about an African American, they would be boycotted and/or fired. Only Whoopie Goldberg, Jessie Jackson and rappers are allowed to make money using the N-word.
Bill Maher, the “grand pooh-bah of media mysogyny” is allowed to make money using the C-word. He can refer to conservative women like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum’s wife in sexist and sexual terms, make money and get a pass from Gloria Steinem.
Powers says that unless the left stream media starts holding their resident misogynists to account, “the fight against media misogyny will continue to be perceived as a proxy war for the Democratic Party, not a fight for fair treatment of women in the public square.”
What fight against media misogyny? Powers just laid it out perfectly in her piece. The left isn’t fighting against media misogyny. They are the media misogynists!
The right doesn’t have a media misogyny problem. Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin and a great deal of the FoxNews talent, including Powers are not demeaned by male members of the media right or center right. When male members of the media right, like Bill O’Reilly for example, criticise Maddow, The View women or Nancy Pelosi, he never does it in a misogynist manner. I’m sure someone can come up with right wing media types on the fringe who are consistently misogynistic, but no one with the prominence of Maher, Matthews or Olbermann.
Limbaugh is not consistently misogynistic, like those lefties. I don’t know what is in Rush’s heart, but if he was consistently misognynistic his career would be over. And not because of the left wouldn’t tolerate it. Rush’s listeners would not tolerate such behavior.
Rush Limbaugh didn’t apologise because the the outcry from the leftist media and the Democrats. He lives for and cashes in over outcrys from the left. He apologised because of the outcry from Republicans and his right-wing advertisers.
We’ll know the left is fighting against media misogyny and that the Democratic Party truly stands for women’s rights when President Obama’s Super PAC returns the $1 million dollars that Bill Maher donated.
Powers is too smart to have the audacity to hope that happens. Otherwise she would have called for the President’s PAC to return the money. She left that task up to The Weekly Standard.
In the meantime, the “fight against media misogyny” is a “proxy war for the Democratic Party,” just like this whole fabricated contraception controversy is a proxy war for the Democratic Party.