Re: “What about Bill Maher’s behavior?” (letter, 3-15).
Bill Maher’s remarks about Sarah Palin (and others) are offensive, without a doubt, and should be abhorred and condemned. But the one-liners he utters about celebrity women do not match Rush Limbaugh’s three-day-plus attack on Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old law student.
Maher did not imply that Palin’s family should be ashamed of her. He did not say he wanted to watch her engaging in sexual behavior. He did not base his jokes on false reports of what she had said. Limbaugh did all that and more, haranguing Fluke and women who believe women should be granted coverage for contraception within health care plans, for which they pay the premiums on insurance to be used for any medical need.
As for Maher’s donation to the Obama Super PAC: Why not apply the same standard to those who’ve contributed to Republican Super PACs who have lied and made crude statements. No way should the president have called Palin to sympathize when she was criticized, given the things she has said about his family and himself. That’s asking too much.