Bill Maher is often used to counter what Rush did. But a comedian using offensive words to describe Sarah Palin, a powerful and popular and rich public figure who can easily defend herself, is not the same as the man often cited as the most influential figure in Republican circles picking on a heretofore anonymous law student. And Maher made his comments at a stand-up show where people paid money to see the self-described pottymouth perform. Maher had some good points on this issue in his NY Times op-ed piece:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
RIGHT ON, BILL MAHER (OR SHOULD I SAY LEFT ON?)
I confess, I am not precisely sure where I come down on this whole issue of free speech versus civil discourse. I do think political correctness is often taken too far. I also believe that when someone with the moral authority (deserved or not) of a Rush Limbaugh, with twenty million listeners and a $50 million salary attacks a well-spoken law student for several hours, not only calling her a slut, but telling her that she can only make up for testifying before a Congressional committee on an issue he disagrees with her on, by filming herself having sex and posting the video, he is a pompous, bullying, dickhead.