Maher, Fluke the New Face of the Democrats? Not if the Media Can Help It | Mediaite: "While Huckabee has done nothing to tamp down the presidential speculation, he has also done nothing to merit the absurd level of scrutiny that accompanied his statement. The former governor has not courted donors or teased trips to Iowa and South Carolina in more than a year. While Huckabee apparently wants to be viewed as a political actor in some form, he is today nothing more than an entertainer. His atonal statements about Democrats undervaluing female self-reliance were, in this light, blown wildly out of proportion by the press.
The media’s outsized focus on Huckabee is even more vexing when compared with the non-reaction to inflammatory comments made by another entertainer-cum-political figure. HBO Real Time host Bill Maher has positioned himself to have a measurable impact on electoral politics. The high-dollar Democratic donor recently previewed his determination to remove a GOP officeholder from office –- any Republican office holder, so long as they are deemed sufficiently “terrible” by his audience and are vulnerable enough to be susceptible to a successful Democratic challenge."
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