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. Cynthia

    Bill Maher was kicked off the public airways because of his controversial words. You have to pay to listen to him. Rush Limbaugh has moved himself into the same category, frankly worse. He should move to the pay to listen category. My daughter should NEVER hear what he said while flipping channels looking for a song she likes!!!

    March 15, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. kerryrynn

    Of course they're different – Maher gave $1M, Rush didn't.

    March 15, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Mike

    You're was a logical analogy, the other is just pure hate.

    March 15, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. right

    The difference is Maher gave a million dollars to obama's pac and Rush didn't.

    March 15, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Xoanan

    Of course there's a difference. Rush is a conservative and Maher is a liberal. Conservatives are to be condemned and liberals are to be excused.

    March 15, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. maria

    IF it was'nt for double standards Liberals would have NO standards.

    March 15, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. steve

    It would be nice if class and good taste could transcend politics. Tell Mr. Axelrod that classless, tasteless comments toward woman are vile, period.

    March 15, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Richard Williams

    "Understood differently?" Right – only from a member of the ruling class elite. That's so absurd, it really does not deserve a response.

    March 15, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Neo

    Yea David, keep pushing the lie. You must think women are stupid. Would it be OK for Maher to refer to black people as the N word? It's a comedy act, so why not? You just don't get it.

    March 15, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Eric Redding

    It's exactly the same. Liberals are hypocrites for opening their big mouths about Rush.

    March 15, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. ksm

    Yea, because there is a double standard for the left.

    March 15, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. fred Bailey

    Perhaps the repubs are right...this hypocrisy is down-right embarrasing.

    March 15, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Axlledope is spewing his bosses lies again.

    God...I can't WAIT til November so I can never see this guy again!,

    ABO 2012!!

    March 15, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. AZ Wayne

    Axalrod is such a phony. Let him dig this hole even deeper. People of all political stripes dislike the slimy meanness of Bill Mahar and watching Obama's right hand man excuse Mahar's comments as "different" will not gain votes for president Empty Suit.

    March 15, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. jim6037

    We need to understand differently? More Orwellian doublespeak.
    Liberal: a power worshipper without power. – George Orwell
    Can't think of a better description of today's President Obama voter

    March 15, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. jay akselrud

    So because maher doesnt have a following... its not as bad?

    March 15, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Jack maeHoffer

    You can make fun of the attractive ladies, but not the beasts. Thanks axelrod.

    March 15, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. barry

    Different in that Maher gives money to Obama and the Rush tells the truth about the lying president and Dems. That kind of different. One good and one bad in their eyes.

    March 15, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Jerrell

    Rush's comment was accurate. Bill's comment was not.

    March 15, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Anonymouse

    of course they are different. One man a conservative and the other a loony leftist. The loony always gets the pass from one of their own

    March 15, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Gary

    Yup, Rush was roundly criticized for by the left for making a horribly misogynist comment. Sponsors left and folks from both sides of the isle denounced him. After a short reflection he apologized. Maher was roundly criticized by the right for making horrible misogynist comments. He became a sponsor for Obama's re-election, with many saying what he said was fine and receiving cover from the news media and the president's lackies. Has never apologized. There are your differences.

    March 15, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. The Elephant In The Room

    Limbaugh was trying to INTIMIDATE & BULLY a younger woman that had the audacity to be civic minded enough to add her voice to the public discussion by sharing a personal experience.

    Maher is a comedian that took advantage of a loud_mouth, bombastic Sarah Palin to make a joke. Sorry, the two are not equivalent.

    Limbaugh made his on public, FCC-regulated, free public airwaves. Maher made his on fee-for-content, CABLE TV. Once again, the situations are not the same.

    March 15, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. lee

    Again the left shows by example, why they are the definition of hypocrisy and deceit.

    March 15, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Marianne

    They were different alright, Bill Maher regularly uses far more graphic and obnoxious words to describe women. Of course the difference is they are mainly Republican women.

    March 15, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Randy

    Why doesn't he want to be honest. As far as the left is concerned women on the right aren't people anyway so who cares.

    March 15, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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