Someone once said that if you go far enough on the political spectrum to either the right or the left, you’ll get to the same place.
That may explain why Bill Maher tweeted today that liberals should accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology for his “insulting choice of words” when he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
Another interpretation is that Maher got burned late last year when he tweeted something insulting about Tim Tebow, and conservatives called for a boycott. Maher just wants to make sure he can make insulting remarks in the future without sponsor reprisals.
Personally, I’m against false personal attacks on private citizens, because it stifles free speech. Would Fluke ever have testified if she had known in advance that she would face a demeaning and slanderous personal attack? I’m a little less upset about attacks on politicians and celebrities (including football stars), since they are public figures who benefit from publicity (and even bad publicity is good).
People like Maher and Limbaugh get attention and publicity for making rude remarks about people. But there has to be a limit.
UPDATE: Now this is an apology!