The liberal double standard: Michelle Obama sits down with David Letterman

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 19, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Michelle Obama sat down with David Letterman for an interview that will air later tonight on CBS, which is highly unusual, especially considering the vial comments that the host made about Governor Palin's daughter back in 2009. You may remember this.


DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "LATE NIGHT": One awkward moment though during the game. Maybe you heard about it, maybe you saw it on one of the highlight reels, one awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game. During the 7th inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.


HANNITY: All right. So, how can the president justify his wife appearing on such a program when he was the one who lectured us on civility and invoked the names of his daughters during the Sandra Fluke controversy? Remember this?


PRES. BARACK OBAMA: The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens.


HANNITY: So, he doesn't want his daughters being attacked but I guess it's OK for the children of prominent Republicans to be the butt of demeaning comments. And by the way, speaking of Ms. Fluke, yesterday the Washington Times affiliated radio program "America's Morning News" caught up with the former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, and according to various reports, Dunn works at the PR firm that represents the Georgetown law student. Listen to this.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: What role did the White House play in having Sandra Fluke appear before Congress?


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I'm doing great, how are you?

DUNN: Good. You know, I'm not actually, I'm not going to talk to "America's Morning News." You can call my office, if you'd like to get an interview, but right now I have to go into CNN.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: How offended are you, as a woman, that Bill Maher referred to Sarah Palin as the c-word.

DUNN: You may call my office to schedule an interview, which is what legitimate news organizations generally do.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I appreciate that.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Did you urge the president to call the Governor Palin after Bill Maher called her the c-word?

DUNN: You know, you may call my office for an interview, which is what legitimate news organizations do.


HANNITY: And joining me now with reaction are the vice president of the Young America's Foundation Kate Obenshain, Fox News contributor, USA Today, columnist Kirsten Powers. Guys, welcome back to the program.



HANNITY: Anyway, it is the silence is deafening Kirsten. And you, to your credit, I've been willing to call out Democrats about this. First of all, what is so hard in saying that the president, and his PAC, should give back the $1 million instead of David Axelrod and Bill Burton contorting themselves with this lame excuses. Or Anita Dunn saying, hey, it was wrong what Bill Maher said, the president shouldn't accept the $1 million. Is that the right thing to do?

POWERS: Yes, it's mind boggling that you actually can't just say, obviously I don't approve of Bill Maher saying that, that's terrible, we shouldn't talk about women in that way. This isn't the first Democratic woman.

HANNITY: It's not that hard.

POWERS: No, the first -- it's not Democratic woman who actually has been caught on tape. There's a YouTube of a couple top Democratic congresswomen also refusing to. They are happy to talk about Rush Limbaugh but they will not talk about Bill Maher. And it's disgusting. I mean, I really don't have any other word for it other than to say like, it's very simple just to say, of course, you can't call somebody the "C" word. It's just seems obvious to me.

HANNITY: There are two issues, separate issue then here Kirsten. One is, they won't give back the money and they are threading the needle, they're parsing the words.


HANNITY: And frankly, David Axelrod is a smart guy. He helped Obama get elected in 2008. And it's almost embarrassing to watch him trying to defend the indefensible. So, that's one issue. They've now doubled down because they're afraid of Bill Maher in the hard left it seems to me. And on the other issue, you know, why don't they have a problem with Michelle Obama, especially after the president's lecture, going on David Letterman considering the comments he made about Governor Palin's daughter and also about Governor Palin with quote, "the slutty flight attendant look."

POWERS: Yes. Well, I would say what David Letterman, that he did apologize and he gave a pretty good apology I would say. And I do think that what you want is you want to raise the issue, you want them to apologize and you want them not to do it again. And so far, he hasn't done it again. And I think that when that happens, like with Rush Limbaugh, then you move on. And if it happens again, then you address it again. I don't have a problem with her going on his show.


OBENSHAIN: As I recall when he apologize, Kirsten, and I do give you much credit for being courageous and standing up and pointing out the hypocrisy. But as I recall, when David Letterman apologized for attacking 14-year-old Willow Palin by the way, she was the one who accompanied her mother. He laughed when he apologized and he has since then said ridiculously offensive things about people like Michele Bachmann. I mean, it's just rampant and they won't do anything about it. I think, Kirsten, you pointed out that on Bill Maher's show, Gloria Steinem was silent about the vicious misogynistic attacks against women and yet Ann Coulter took him on head-to-head. I mean, she went to town and yet, supposed leader of the great feminist movement said nothing.

HANNITY: Let me go through a broader context of liberal hate speech. And I'm going to pick on NBC News because they have been so sanctimonious in their criticism of conservatives. And, you know, what? I don't think Brian Williams or Tom Brokaw or Matt Lauer, I wonder why anybody in the media won't ask them if they are proud of their brand considering this represents their news brand. Let's roll the tape.


ED SCHULTZ, "THE ED SCHULTZ SHOW", JULY 14, 2010: To hell with the Republicans, they are anti-Americans! They are psycho talkers! They don't care! And Harry, you are (bleep)! You won't do the nuke option for the American people and shove the Republicans into the ditch.

SCHULTZ, AUG. 11, 2009: Sometimes, I think they want Obama to get shot. I do. I really think that there are conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out. They fear socialism, they fear Marxism, they fear that the United States of America won't be the United States of America anymore.

SCHULTZ, FEB. 24, 2010: You damn right Dick Cheney's heart is a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him. I'm glad he didn't tip over. He is the new poster child for health care in this country.

SCHULTZ, MAY 11, 2009: He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion, Dick Cheney is. He's an the enemy of a country. Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you? See, I don't even wish the guy goes to hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here.

SCHULTZ, MAY 24, 2011: Do you think what they are talking about, like this right winning slut, what's her name, Laura Ingraham? Yes, she's a talk slut.


HANNITY: Kirsten, do you think I would have a job if I said these things?

POWERS: No, no. And look, you asked what is Tom Brokaw and these other people think. I'm sure they are mortified. I'm sure Tim Russert is turning over in his grave.

HANNITY: Why don't they speak out? Why don't they speak out?

POWERS: You know, I don't -- why? Because they are not at MSNBC. I mean, you know, MSNBC is a separate entity.

HANNITY: This is their newsprint. Wait a minute. They promote that channel as NBC News.

POWERS: But that's not Tom Brokaw's fault.


HANNITY: They have NBC star reporters on there all day, and you know, I don't think the cop-out works. Just like saying Bill Maher is a comedian.

OBENSHAIN: They speak out whenever conservatives do it. Whenever, people on the other side do it. Everybody speaks out. I mean, Obama himself, he spoke out on Rush Limbaugh and we all say, well, Obama doesn't need to comment on everything. He doesn't need to comment when David Letterman is offensive to Sarah Palin and her daughters. Well, he really kind of does when he sticks his neck out there on one. He really needs to be courageous enough to speak out on other instances.

But Sean, the left doesn't do it because they willingly go after conservative women because conservative women represent a tremendous threat to the left. Because for so long, the left has taken women for granted, and so they just let them, they just let the left go after conservative women and hope that they are going to run them out of the arena by just this vicious name-calling.

HANNITY: Yes. And it seems conservative women and conservative African-Americans in particular are victimized this way. But I have to give Kirsten a lot of credit.

OBENSHAIN: I give her credit, too.

POWERS: Thank you. But I want to say, it's not just conservative women. Because Hillary Clinton was treated extremely viciously by these people, particularly Chris Matthews. And so, it's really women whenever they feel women are kind of getting out of their place.

OBENSHAIN: No, the difference is --

POWERS: You know, whenever you are not in your place.

OBENSHAIN: People defended Hillary Clinton on both sides. They came out, they spoke out against that, and said this is ridiculous. There's no place for this in the media. But when it's against conservatives, a lot of people do.

HANNITY: Not everybody, though. I think Kirsten is right. I hate to agree with Kirsten over you, Kate.

OBENSHAIN: A lot of people do, Sean. I did, you did, a lot of people on the right.

HANNITY: Yes, it's true. Listen, Hillary's campaign even liked me during their battle against then Senator Obama. But that's a story that I will save for a book many years from now.

Guys, good to see you.

POWERS: All right. Thank you.

OBENSHAIN: Thank you.

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