Does Media Matters Hold Itself To Its Own Standards?
Let’s try a little experiment. Media Matters tweeted this out in some bizarre attempt to make themselves seem like they’re morally superior to “the right wing”:
Why do progressives have to hold RW media accountable for misogynistic smear campaigns? The conservative movement won’t do it themselves.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 6, 2012
When you stop laughing, go over to Media Matters and look up “Bill Maher.” What you’ll find are three pages of stories. None of them call out Bill Maher’s comments regarding Sarah Palin or any of his well documented misogynistic attacks on women.
But the grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher—who also happens to be a favorite of liberals—who has given $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC. Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job. Maher said of a woman who was harassed while breast-feeding at an Applebee’s, “Don’t show me your tits!” as though a woman feeding her child is trying to flash Maher. (Here’s a way to solve his problem: don’t stare at a strangers’ breasts). Then, his coup de grâce: “And by the way, there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called Hooters!”
It seem Media Matters is holding others accountable to standards they don’t even meet themselves. Funny, no?