Tapper asked Maher — the de facto leader of the Democratic Party — about his current troubles, and Maher gave some characteristically delusional and dishonest answers. Here are a few droplets of what he excreted:
I’m a comedian – not just a guy who says he is, like Rush, but someone who – well, you saw me do stand-up last year in D.C. There’s a big difference between just saying you’re a comedian and going out and getting thousands of people to laugh hard for 90 minutes. And the one I’m compared to most is Carlin, who also had these kind of problems.
He’s not saying he’s like Carlin, mind you. Other people say that. He’s just quoting them in his own defense.
The bit I did about Palin using the word c—, one of the biggest laughs in my act, I did it all over the country, not one person ever registered disapproval, and believe me, audiences are not afraid to let you know.
Isn’t it weird that out of all the Bill Maher fans who like him enough to pay $75 a ticket, not a single one of them has a problem with calling Sarah Palin rude names? That’s a scientific sampling, is what that is.
To compare that to Rush is ridiculous – he went after a civilian about very specific behavior, that was a lie, speaking for a party that has systematically gone after women’s rights all year, on the public airwaves. I used a rude word about a public figure who gives as good as she gets, who’s called people “terrorist” and “unAmerican.” Sarah Barracuda.
It’s different because Bill Maher doesn’t like her.
In general, this is an obvious right wing attempt to dredge up some old shit about me to deflect from their self-inflicted problems. They are the kings of false equivalencies.
An equivalence is always false when it’s expected of you, Bill.
Well, at least Tapper tried. He says he’s put in a request to Limbaugh for a similar interview. I hope Limbaugh agrees, just for the sake of comparison.
I’ll give Maher this much: he’s definitely not a misogynist. Why, he loves women so much, he pays top dollar for a night’s work.
P.S. Alabama women’s groups protest Democratic Maher fundraiser. In preparation for his rebuttal, Maher just grabbed his slang thesaurus and looked up “vagina.”