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A good question that will never be answered because Bill Maher is a good liberal snarkmaster and that just makes it different...
No wait, it's because Maher is a comedian who engages in political commentary and Limbaugh is a political commentator who sometimes engages in comedy. Yeah, that's it. That should be enough to roll out the old "false equivalence" response when faced with a blatant liberal hypocrisy.
On Monday, James Protzman, a liberal blogger for BlueNC.org, spoke out about UNC's association with Rush Radio and emailed UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp asking him to rethink the relationship.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for the flagship university of North Carolina to be associating itself with the kinds of things we hear on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh," Protzman said.
I don't suppose that same standard applies to HBO. This is CLASSIC, textbook liberal hypocrisy and phony outrage. If they really cared about misogyny to this level, they would apply their standards and outrage evenly regardless of ideology.
UPDATE: Some liberals at Daily Kos aren't buying the "false equivalence" argument and are calling out their fellow Lefties:
"If you think that what Bill did to Sarah Palin was no where near as bad as what Rush did to Sandra than I have to ask if you would still say that if Bill had said it to Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primaries? If Bill had called Hillary a twat and a cunt he wouldn't be forgiven by ANYONE on the left for the rest of his LIFE...
...If we don't call out Bill we are hypocrites for demanding that the right call out Rush. That is just a fact. We have NO moral high ground if we rationalize away our responsibility to clean our own house. We only have ANY moral high ground because so many of us already called out Bill for this when it happened. But we didn't demand that our party leaders (who frequent Bill's show) call out Bill for this. We are TOTALLY right to condemn Rush and defend Sandra, but we are hypocrites for demanding that the right call out Rush until we do the same with Bill. "