Don Imus was once drummed off a radio network for a reckless and thoughtless slur toward black women at Rutgers.
Nothing of the kind will happen to liberal commentator -- or is it "commonhater"? -- Bill Maher for his outrageous and profane smear of Sarah Palin. He insinuated that she was a "dumb" woman -- but in place of "woman," he used a vulgar word referring to the female anatomy.
Ah, the civility of the left. You can't just disagree with a conservative on the issues. You can't even limit yourself to questioning a conservative's credentials, which would be fair game. Nope. You've got to hurl personal insults and caricature them as knuckle-draggers and empty-headers -- just in case anyone might consider voting for them based on the issues.
And it's apparently OK to use the vilest sexist slander.
Didn't you think, or hope, we were beyond such hatred in this country, particularly of a racist or sexist nature?
How quickly do you think the National Organization for Women came to Palin's defense and expressed its outrage? Well, not very. Remember: Palin is conservative. She's not due the same protections and respect that a pro-abortion liberal woman is.
After initially refusing all comment, NOW tepidly lamented Maher's sexist slam -- though being careful not to mention him by name. At the same time, the organization took a swipe at conservatives.
Not all women's groups were as light on Maher or as blatantly political.
"Bill Maher's misogynistic comment about Sarah Palin hurts all women, not just Palin, and not just conservative women," Yana Walton, vice president of communications for the Women's Media Center, told Fox News -- one of the only major media outlets to report the story. "By insulting her gender, rather than her platform or stance on issues, he insults women as a group."
"If a conservative used that language to describe Hillary Clinton, we wouldn't be hearing very much about Japan or Libya," Fox quoted documentary filmmaker John Ziegler. "If they said it about Michelle Obama, the media would be going 24/7 with the story."
Hateful comments such as Maher's -- sadly pervasive in far-left circles -- degrade American society.
So do audiences who laugh and applaud while watching the degradation right in front of them.