AI: Two Wrongs?
By now, you all have probably heard the crazy shit that recently spewed out of conservative talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh's face. Limbaugh came under fire for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying on Capitol Hill about contraception coverage. The outburst resulted in a backlash against “The Rush Limbaugh Show” in which companies began pulling ads from the popular program.
Now, in an apparent attempt to deflect attention from one of their most visible proponents, members of the conservative right in the U.S. are pointing a finger at comedian Bill Maher for "slanderous" terms he used to describe Sara Palin, suggesting he is just as despicable as Limbaugh.
So let's use this story as our discussion point today.
Thoughts? Is this yet another comment on the sad state of American politics? Does the target of such harsh terms make a difference? Is there a difference between the two men? What free speech aspects are at play? Anything else?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.