Rush Limbaugh vs. Bill Maher: Is There a Double Standard?
On Thursday, current and former White House aides rejected demands from a GOP group asking a Super PAC supporting President Obama to refund $1 million from comedian Bill Maher because of coarse comments he’s made about Sarah Palin and other conservative women.
Today on Fox and Friends, Geraldo Rivera compared this situation to the latest name calling by Rush Limbaugh, which although he says he knows was wrong, he pointed out that Limbaugh apologized for his actions and Maher hasn’t. However, Geraldo also said that Maher was the first person to defend Limbaugh, because they both have the right to say whatever they want due to the First Amendment.
In terms of Maher's contribution - the $1 million to President Obama - Geraldo believes Maher will give
the money back as soon as every other Super PAC donors are publically noted. “There are lots of double standards here, but my beef with Super PACs is the anonymity. People can influence the political process without being public. I thought that was good that Bill Maher became public.”
“I think that Rush - what he did, in terms of his apology, that’s fine.” Geraldo believes they all have the right to free speech, but thinks that Rush Limbaugh is held to a different standard than Bill Maher does because he’s “the de facto leader of, if not the Republican party, the entire right side of the American spectrum, certainly through the conservative world.”