When New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the franchise’s history last Friday, he – and the Mets — unified a city, state, and nation.
Leave it up to misogynist comedian Bill Maher, who has also made bigoted comments about Mormons and contributed $1 million to the Super PAC supporting President Barack Obama to end the era of good feelings.
Maher announced on Sunday that he has bought a minority stake of the New York Mets. According to NJ.com, “Neither Maher nor Mets officials would comment on the percentage of his ownership piece or how much he paid for it.”
But those on the left and in the mainstream media who railed against conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh when he considered buying the St. Louis Rams franchise in the NFL have predictably been silent, again exposing the double standards that are applied.
When Limbaugh was a part of an ownership group that was bidding on the St. Louis Rams franchise in 2010, Jesse Jackson said “The National Football League has set high standards for racial justice and inclusion” and Limbaugh should not “have the privilege of owning an NFL franchise–and it is a privilege.”
When Limbaugh and the group eventually parted ways (public pressure surely played a role), Al Sharpton said, “It is a moral victory for all Americans …” and “this decision will also uphold the unifying standards of major sports.”
If the left’s rules for Limbaugh were applied to Maher, there is no way Maher could buy a stake in a professional sports franchise. He is anything but a “unifying” figure.
But the left and the mainstream media have always had separate and unequal rules, and the lack of outrage over Maher’s co-ownership of the Mets is yet another example of this.