Palin Digs in on Claim that Limbaugh Saying Retard 40 Times is ‘Satire’

February 17, 2010

(ChattahBox)— Theres nothing like the smell of hypocrisy in the morning. Sarah Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, appeared on the O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night to continue with her attack on a Family Guy episode, which seemed to mock her son Trig who was born with Down’s Syndrome. Is the Fox animated comedy series crass and decidedly un-politically correct? Yes, there is no doubt, but it’s also true that Palin’s outrage over the Family Guy’s depiction of a teenage girl with Down’s Syndrome, who says she is the “daughter of the former governor of Alaska,” rings false when she continues to refuse to denounce Rush Limbaugh and Fox News’ Glenn Beck for their insensitivity towards the mentally handicapped. When asked about her refusal to call out Rush Limbaugh Palin responded, “As I have explained he was using satire.” Apparently a comedic cartoon does not use satire?

After hearing about the Family Guy episode, Palin posted a missive on her Facebook, saying the show “felt like another kick in the gut.” She also posted her 19-year-old daughter Bristol’s response to the episode, calling the show’s writers “heartless jerks.” During her appearance on the O’Reilly factor Sarah Palin explained that she used Bristol’s words rather than her own, because they “were very wise and very gracious” and “much more forgiving” than Palin’s would have been.

Palin complained to O’Reilly that “this world is full of cruel, cold-hearted people,” and she asked, “When is enough enough? And when are we going to be willing to say, you know, some things just aren’t funny?”

Palin renewed her call for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to be fired, for his use of the phrase “f****** retarded” during a private meeting last August, which was later reported in the Wall Street Journal. She also said that Emanuel gives Obama “some very bad advice” and “so I think yah know there needs to be a replacement there.”

O’Reilly then gave Palin a chance to explain her inconsistent treatment of Rush Limbaugh’s use of the word retard:

O’REILLY: “Now I want to give you a chance to clarify something that I have gotten a lot of mail on. You called for Rahm Emanuel to step aside because he said F****** retard— and then Rush Limbaugh said it—he was talking about political correctness—that was before Emanuel I think it was—but you said OK there was a difference between what Emauel did and what Limbaugh did.”

PALIN: “And as for Rush Limbaugh: No I believe that it was after Rahm Emanuel said what he said–that Rush Limbaugh using satire not calling a group of people f****** retards. But using yes, the R-word and I said that calling names –any person any party– c’mon let’s all grow up and let’s not call each other names, because it certainly invalidates what our argument is all about when you start calling people names.”

O’REILLY: “OK Just to be clear: You didn’t come down on Mr Limbaugh because you felt what—He didn’t have any ill intent in what he said? Why didn’t you come down on him a little harder?”

PALIN: “As I have explained he was using satire–using the R-word so he could bring to light what it was that Rahm Emanuel was calling other people and um…”

During Rush Limbaugh’s talk radio show he used a variation of the word retard at least 40 times and said “So now there’s going to be a meeting, there’s going to be a “Retard” Summit at the White House.”

And according to Media Matters this wasn’t the first time Limbaugh mocked the mentally handicapped on his show:

“Almost a year ago, long before the Emanuel gaffe, while discussing the flu, Limbaugh appeared to mock those concerned with the use of such language, saying, “[a]nything you can do to stop it or to arrest it or to retard — sorry — to ‘Special Olympic’ its duration, then it — you should do it.”

And then there is Glenn Beck’s use of the word retard:

“Last January, during an interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub, a star of Fox Broadcasting Co. ’24, Beck laughed at the idea of artwork produced by children with Down syndrome, asking, “What do the paintings of the retarded children go for?” Then there was the time right after the 2008 election when he went after Newsweek over a story on Palin that he found objectionable. Purporting to offer the magazine’s view of the former governor, he played the role of an unnamed Newsweek staffer saying, “When it’s really, truly about Sarah Palin and how stupid, she’s practically retarded. Yes. I think that’s appropriate word to use for Sarah Palin, retarded. I think that’s an… if you would like a retarded person running the State of Alaska, just higgeldy-piggeldy.”‘

As pointed out by Karl Frisch of Media Matters:

“During the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Palin offered then-Senator Hillary Clinton advice on dealing with the pervasive sexism Clinton faced in the media, saying essentially that she should stop whining. If Palin can’t be consistent in her criticism, perhaps she should take her own advice.”

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