The PJ Tatler

@JakeTapper has Four Softball Questions for @BillMaher

ABC’s Jake Tapper asks Bill Maher four questions regarding why his using the c-word to insult Sarah Palin is not the same thing as Rush Limbaugh. Maher pulls the “I’m just a comedian,” clown nose on/clown nose off schtick. Tapper plays along.

Maher draws out a distinction without a meaningful difference between his actions, and Limbaugh’s.

MAHER:  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. The First Amendment was specifically designed for citizens to insult politicians. Libel laws were written to protect law students speaking out on political issues from getting called whores by Oxycontin addicts.

Fluke inserted herself into a public debate, in a disingenuous way, and demanded money in the form of subsidies from other taxpayers. But Tapper never follows up with any tough questions to challenge Maher. Tapper never challenges Maher on his lie that the GOP has “systematically gone after women’s rights all year.” Tapper also never asks Maher why he insulted Alabama and Mississippi voters with his “Toothless Tuesday” tweet. The entire interview appears designed to give Bill Maher a chance to make excuses for his boorish behavior toward Sarah Palin.

Maher has the clown nose off there, Tapper. Don’t you have the guts to ask him a single tough question?