March 15th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Axelrod: Limbaugh, Maher sexist comments different

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Maher • David Axelrod • President Obama • Rush Limbaugh
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  1. Get real

    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.

    March 15, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. silvertop

    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?

    March 15, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Dave

    Of course they are different. Republicans always get blamed and democrats are always protected by the liberal media.

    March 15, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Mr. Izz

    If they are BOTH "distasteful," then why are either of them acceptable in any way whatsoever?

    March 15, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. me

    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.

    March 15, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. karen

    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.

    March 15, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    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..

    March 15, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Bob

    Axelrod is smart, sophisticated and nuanced.

    March 15, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. rob

    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.

    March 15, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Charlie

    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.

    March 15, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Thomas boisvert

    So tired of the double standard... It's wrong no matter of any party..or no party of All.....

    March 15, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Rationalist

    Axelrod would argue to the death that it's possible to pick up a piece of manure by the clean end...

    March 15, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. B.S. Detector

    What a load of crap. Axelrod trying to make this argument with a straight face is a riot.

    March 15, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Dennis Johnson

    yep, one is a dem and one is a republican, thats the only difference

    March 15, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Jesse

    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

    March 15, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. taraneh

    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.

    March 15, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. smoky joe

    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?

    March 15, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Miles

    Right, only a lib gets away with such nonsense.

    March 15, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. WilliamPenn

    You'll never hear a high-ranking Communist Party official blast a major Communist Party cheerleader and donor.

    March 15, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Alan Dean

    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?

    March 15, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. moneytalks

    The difference is Maher donated $1 million to the Obama camaign and they can't offend their benefactor.

    March 15, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Richard

    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...

    March 15, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. eric

    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.......

    March 15, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. warren wilson

    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.

    March 15, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Dutra

    Axelrod is strangely different. As in 'weird'.

    March 15, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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