March 15th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
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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. enuff

    Before anyone starts yacking about how poor Rush lost sponsors, blah, blah, blah and how Maher needs to lose his... remember, Maher is on HBO and does not have sponsors to answer to.

    March 15, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. canofsand

    You BET they're different. Maher's are far more frequent and far more vile!

    March 15, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. FactsRule

    I watched that segment & was furious at the lies spewing out of this hack's disgusting mouth. Maher's HBO t.v. show is specifically a politically-based, anti-Conservative, foul-mouthed-anti-Conservative-women-misogynist arm of the now extreme Left-wing radical Democrat Party. Axelrod trying to tell us that we don't see & hear what we have seen and heard for many years is outrageous. Maher & Limbaugh discuss politics, end of sentence. There is no difference between them on that. To say that Maher is just doing stand-up is either an outright lie, or Axelrod is abysmally ignorant about the nature of Real Time with Bill Maher. I can't stand the way this guy never allows facts to get in the way of his twisted garbage.

    March 15, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. M. Mac

    What a joke.....Fluke, by her own words, admitted to Limbaugh's accusations ($3,000 / year for contraception – not married...hmmm what would you call her – a virtuous woman?). Palin and Bachmann did nothing but run for office and have political opinions different from Maher.

    March 15, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Faithful Patriot

    While David paid lip service to these egregious disrespects to women, David demonstrates that he does not have zero tolerance. He tortures his words to try to hide his disdain for his political opponents and gives a pass to his confederates.
    It is said that immorality is a resume enhancer to fellow liberals. All conscious people make mistakes from time to time. The difference is what is done next. Limbaugh apologized. Maher and Letterman did not.

    Conservatives base their morals upon a defined set of morals, in this country it is predominately the Bible. Liberals base their morals upon moral relativism; that is, the ends justifies the means.

    David Alelrod remains true to his liberal principles.

    March 15, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. HeyJude

    The only difference is that Rush has a larger audience. Rush is an entertainer with a message. So is Bill Maher. If Maher didn't speak to a political audience, why was Axelrod planning to go on? Why do other politicians go on his show?

    March 15, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Thomas J. Carney

    Man, that was the most insulting "logic" to anyone's common sense that I could ever think of.

    Trying to defend one person's ad hoc attack on women vs another attack is seriously deranged. It's like Newt trying to say his affairs were somehow better morally than Clinton's. But this entire phony issue the Democrats are pushing seems like going off the edge of the cliff type extremism.

    The Democrats continually lose me everyday, to the point that I will likely vote a straight GOP ticket, as long as Romney comes out of their primary. And no, this is NOT a vote for Republicans, but a vote complete against today's Democrats.

    I admit it, I was completely stupid to vote for Obama in 2008.

    March 15, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. adel

    Ok, first of all, how is Rush the de facto head of the republican party? He has never been elected. He's never worked on a campaign, like Axelrod does. He never spoke at a convention. He's an entertainer...that's it. Bill Maher is out of line and Obama should return the money. End of story.

    March 15, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. GeeWhiz

    Gosh, I wonder why he didn't answer the question?

    March 15, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. sharingnews

    Wow! This story is filled with loads and loads of information! The author must be so proud! Getting answers to the "How?" "What?" "When?" "Who?" and "Why?" questions that every journalist is supposed to answer when they write an article.

    Oh, wait...

    So WHY is it different? I'm assuming there is no answer here for that because...there is NO answer for that.

    March 15, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Chad

    Of course they're different...Maher gave you $1 million. Most people will vigorously defend someone after a bribe of that size.

    March 15, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. max_kain

    Of course those comments were different: one was made against a Republican so it's ok.

    March 15, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Dave

    They are both distasteful but should be understood differently? Like the dog crap and cat crap that you step in should be understood differently? Does that what this obama handler mean?

    March 15, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. David

    It is hard to believe that this guy is this dumb! Maher is just a pig looking for a cheap laugh and doesn't care about who he hurts. Yes, the public needs to look at and understand them differently. Maher is NO comedian and is certainly not funny!

    March 15, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Doc

    What medication did Axelgrease forget now?

    March 15, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. cassisanass

    Of course they are different, Maher coughed up a mil, and Rush is an opponent.

    March 15, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Karl

    Yep, that makes perfect sense. Totally different, one was clearly more offensive to liberal women.

    March 15, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. MNResident

    You are not fooling us, Mr. Axelrod-The real difference between Bill Maher's comments and Rush Limbaugh's is that Bill Maher gave $1 million to the Obama Super PAC. It's really that simple.....

    March 15, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Jillian

    Obama, Inc. are just as misogynist as they accuse Limbaugh. He refuses to call for his super PAC to turn down Maher's money. Because, basically, they want the money and in their mind, Republican women are fair game for being called the "C" word. Its disgusting and even more disgusting is that the media lets them get away with it. Obama can do no wrong.

    March 15, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. jaline

    The only difference is that Maher's were even more crude and insulting. But that's OK with long as the victim of the word is only a Republican and the Dems get to pocket $1million for Obama's re-election.

    March 15, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. fletch

    That's one incoherent response Mr. Axelrod.

    March 15, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. RJ

    Oh, of course they are different, afterall, Maher himself explained that he is a comedian who does standup comedy and makes people "laugh hard for 90 minutes" where as Limbaugh is an entertainer who thinks he is funny. Bill Maher is the almtighty arbiter of what is humorous and what is not. You progressives are funny, the way you will bend your backs into a million shapes to justify anything for your cause. Just once I would like to see one stand up like a man and say, "we are hypocritical on this and wrong". Any takers?

    March 15, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Duup

    Of course they're different. One was made by a conservative and one was made by a liberal. Hateful words are fine coming from a "tolerant" liberal, but never from a conservative.

    March 15, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. jt

    Yeah, Maher's comments are much worse! And when did he become a comedian? He's about as funny as a toothache. Biden! Now there's a comedian.

    March 15, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Daisy

    Nice teamwork between these two ... when the bum Axelrod forgot one of his talking points, she supplied the 'Fluke is not a public figure and Sarah Palin is .." justification for Maher's obscenities.

    As for Axelrod describing Rush Limbaugh as the head of the Republican party and Maher as a stand up comedian, what a pathetic joke ... Maher is VP to John Stewart's de facto head of the Democrat propaganda machine. Their shows and the Huffington Post are where the Left get their news.

    March 15, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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