(CNN) – In an interview to air on CNN's "Out Front with Erin Burnett" Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, David Axelrod – a senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign – argues that sexist comments made by radio host Rush Limbaugh and comedian Bill Maher are both distasteful but should be understood differently.
Limbaugh used a poor choice of words to make a good point: those who are promiscuous should not expect someone else to pay for their contraceptives.
Bill Mahr should not be able to hide behind a "comedian" label to say hateful and egregious things against women, republican women in particular. He is every bit a political figure as other commentators, and a partisan one. Look at his contents, mostly political; look at his publicized donations, not political enough?
Of course they are different. Republicans always get blamed and democrats are always protected by the liberal media.
If they are BOTH "distasteful," then why are either of them acceptable in any way whatsoever?
Maher was on a sponsor based network and got fired for what many believes were inappropriate remarks, and now he works for a subscriber based network giving him more freedom to speak his mind. If Limbaugh wants to express his thoughts more freely, he should also find a sponsor free network.
Erin should have slapped Axelrod's face. But Erin is a tool of the far-left. Remember when Erin called George Bush a monkey? She had to apologize.
Yeah, probably not your best decision David While I agree entirely with understanding the nuances and your take on them, the problem is this: explaining nuances to the general Amurikan public and expecting them to be underestood amidst a sea of foaming-at-the-mouth blather from the right wing loonies who are desperate to deflect justified negative attention away from their raving HatePope, whose blessing is required for all policies claiming true conservative status, especially those involving hoohoos and wombs...well, you might as well be explaining Bernulli's Principle to your dog while 8 angry children scream over you. There wil be no rational conversation, Axlerod, just yelling and screaming and weapons of mass distraction and "oh yeah well look over there, they did it too" false equivalencies. You should know better..
Axelrod is smart, sophisticated and nuanced.
Where is the rest of the story?????? What was Axelrod's arguement that the two "should be understood differently"???? I see a blurb under the picture that says "wasn't just once" alluding to Rush. Maher makes these horrible comments almost daily on his show and not just against conservative women either. He is not the only one either.
We have all "seen" for years now the evidence of Limbaugh's lack of education, inherent ignorance and bigotry, but every time he is esposed as the moron he is, his supporters come up with some kind of finger pointing at some OTHER fool. I am guilty of (many years ago!) listening and laughing at Limbaugh because I like sarcastic slapstick, but I was appalled to realize that there are those who BELIEVE the filth he spews. I have not listened to him since.
So tired of the double standard... It's wrong no matter of any party..or no party of All.....
Axelrod would argue to the death that it's possible to pick up a piece of manure by the clean end...
What a load of crap. Axelrod trying to make this argument with a straight face is a riot.
yep, one is a dem and one is a republican, thats the only difference
The same but different .Nice try clown. It's all a diversion so the average Democratic voting idiot doesn't ever look at Obama's record. Keep them stupid and keep them dependent on government and they will vote for him
Even though I am not a Democrat any longer, I am actually embarrassed for the Democrat Party. These neo-leftist community radicals representing them have so besmirched their good brand name.
axelrod...switch the names and add michelle obama's names or hillary clintons name or chelsea clintons names...then tell me how ok it is for maher to use these words....not funny now, huh?
Right, only a lib gets away with such nonsense.
You'll never hear a high-ranking Communist Party official blast a major Communist Party cheerleader and donor.
Limbaugh is not the leader of the republican party. He is an entertainer. He is no different from Bill Maher in that regard. Both are very political. Both use extremes to make a point.
Both were going after a person who had decided to step out of private life in order to change the course.
Either both are wrong, or both are right.
Do we tolerate those that degrade woman as long as they do the degrading late at night and towards a person we don't like?
The difference is Maher donated $1 million to the Obama camaign and they can't offend their benefactor.
Oh bother, give me a break. No matter how you cut it you get the Democrat's ever popular double standard. Give me a break...
If I understand Mr. Axelrod, the fact that Bill Maher has a smaller audience than Rush Limbaugh his misogynistic remarks should not be as closely scrutinized. Interesting.......
Now I can see clearly that Axelrod is an enemy to the big three:
Truth, Justice, and the American way.
Bummer that Obama is more Joker than Superman.
Axelrod is strangely different. As in 'weird'.