Kirsten Powers isn’t ideologically sympathetic to Rush Limbaugh and doesn’t approve of the uncouth things he said last week about liberal icon-of-the-moment Sandra Fluke. But over the weekend Powers performed a public service by publishing a column at the Daily Beast noting that the left’s outrage over Limbaugh’s comments is highly selective. It’s worth quoting at length:
What about the army of swine on the left?
During the 2008 election Ed Schultz said on his radio show that Sarah Palin set off a “bimbo alert.” He called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” (He later apologized.) He once even took to his blog to call yours truly a “bimbo” for the offense of quoting him accurately in a New York Post column.
Keith Olbermann has said that conservative commentator S.E. Cupp should have been aborted by her parents, apparently because he finds her having opinions offensive. He called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” He found it newsworthy to discuss Carrie Prejean’s breasts on his MSNBC show. His solution for dealing with Hillary Clinton, who he thought should drop out of the presidential race, was to find “somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out.” . . .
Chris Matthews’s sickening misogyny was made famous in 2008, when he obsessively tore down Hillary Clinton for standing between Barack Obama and the presidency. . . . Matthews has wondered aloud whether Sarah Palin is even “capable of thinking” and has called [Michele] Bachmann a “balloon head” and said she was “lucky we still don’t have literacy tests out there.”