Sarah Palin says criticism of Hank Williams Jr. is "disgusting"

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves during a Tea Party Express rally Sept. 5, 2011, in Manchester, N.H.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
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Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is the victim of double standard after being dumped by ESPN for comparing President Obama to Hitler, Fox News analyst Sarah Palin said Thursday.

"Hank Williams and what he is going through now, I think it's a very clear illustration of a greater societal problem and that is the hypocrisy on the left -- the liberals who can throw these stones at a conservative and they knowing that they're not going to be held accountable," Palin told Fox colleague Sean Hannity on his radio show Thursday.

Williams, the son of country music legend Hank Williams who died in 1953, was the voice behind ESPN's Monday Night Football opening song which included the words "are you ready for some football?" for decades.

The network pulled the intro, "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight," for Monday night's game after Williams went on Fox earlier that day and compared Mr. Obama to the Nazi dictator responsible for the death of six million Jews.

The 62-year-old country singer-songwriter issued a statement Monday night insisting his remarks were misunderstood, then apologized Tuesday.

Palin said conservatives are constantly worried that they may be criticized for saying something inappropriate and liberals do not have that same worry.

"It's a one way street and we're always walking on eggshells, aren't we?" the former Alaska governor told Hannity, "you know, like, oh geez, if I say that is somebody going to misinterpret it or spin it as something that is quote unquote racist or sexist or anything else? But the other side ... they can say whatever they want and nobody calls them out on it. I think it's pretty disgusting."

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