Liberal talk show host Mike Malloy mocked storm victims in the American south on his radio show last week. One cannot even try to make sense of what he was trying to say; he mocked them by saying they were in the Bible belt, they are anti-science, and God keeps making them "grease spots" on the pavement. It is amazing how one could make fun of people who are suffering and really for no apparent reason other than Mr. Malloy perceives the storm victims to be religious.
He hates that they are Christians. It is so obvious and ridiculous that it must be true, what other explanation is there? The exact quote is,
"MIKE MALLOY (04:56): They keep being killed, you know, their God, if this is where they want to look at it, keeps smashing them into little grease spots on the pavement in - uh - uh - in - in, you know, in Alabama and Mississippi and Arkansas and uh Georgia and, uh, Oklahoma, you know, the Bible Belt. [imitates "preacher" voice] 'Where they ain't going to let no goddamn science get in the way - it says in the Bible, blah blah blah blah blah!'
So, according to their way of thinking, you know, God, with his omnipotent thumb, reaches down here tonight and so far tonight has smashed about 20 people into a grease spot on Highway 12 or whatever the hell highway they live next to."
Mainstream Media Bias
Unfortunately, there is a clear mainstream media bias when it comes to speech. The manufactured outrage over Rush Limbaugh's statements do not apply if the hateful rhetoric is coming from the left.
The mainstream media has been in an indignant frenzy after Limbaugh referred to contraception activist Sandra Fluke as a "slut." It was a stupid, rude statement, but the mainstream media does not care about the word Rush used, they care about their agenda. If they were concerned about women and language, the same standards would apply to the right and to the left. The bottom line is that the mainstream media is only using Rush's statement as an opportunity to control the conversation and steer the attention away from pressing matters that are being ignored.
When liberals mock conservatives, is the media outraged? The answer is no.
Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman "bimbos"; additionally, he called Sarah Palin a "dumb t**t" and a "c**t". He also suggested to Larry King that then-Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman is gay. Oh, and he also made a joke about Rick Santorum's wife using a vibrator.
MSNBC's Ed Shultz said, "President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing sl*t, what's her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she's a talk sl*t."
Maureen Dowd referred to "extra chromosome conservatives;" Chris Wallace asks Michele Bachmann: 'Are you a flake?' Piers Morgan suggested Tea Partiers are similar to the mobs that supported Adolf Hitler; Jerry Brown compared political opponent Meg Whitman's campaign methods to those of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels; Maxine Waters called Republicans "Demons"; Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann called Michelle Malkin a "mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it"; MSNBC talk show host Lawrence O'Donnell said "Michael Steele is dancing for his real master, the RNC." There are more, but this makes the point.
After Andrew Breitbart met his unfortunate and untimely end, he left a wife and four children. However, his death and his family did not stop many in the spotlight from gleefully spouting hatred, for example, Newsbusters reports that liberal radio host, John "Sly" Sylvester of WTDY in Madison, Wisconsin aired a 20-minute segment on his radio show which was posted as a Podcast entitled, "Andrew Breitbart: Dead (thankfully)" where the host "mockingly says he would pour weed-killer on Breitbart's grave." The article continues, "Rolling Stone published a piece in which author Matt Taibbi lamented how happy he was for Breitbart to be gone. We saw Slate columnist, Matt Yglesias, proclaim that 'the world outlook is slightly improved' with Breitbart dead. And then there was former editor of the New York Press, Jeff Koyen, mock writers defending Breitbart as 'hitching yourself to a corpse'."
Where is the outrage, Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN? Or is it only bad when someone in your camp is mocked?
So, the manufactured outrage over Rush Limbaugh's comment must be more about politics than actual concern for women. If the standard applied to Rush applied to all, many liberal talk show hosts and others would be losing their sponsors, as well. Mike Malloy, Bill Maher, Ed Shultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, and so many others on the left have made outrageous statements, as well. There needs to be "consistent outrage."
It is not about what Rush or Mike or Ed said. The question this article raises is why is there a double standard? Why does Ed Shultz get a pass?