Bill Maher is like FOX: he Fails to Fact Check

Bill Maher is like FOX: he Fails to Fact Check

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When Bill Maher began his weekly television show on ABC, ‘Politically Correct,’ in 1993, I became a fan. His show revealed the hypocrisy by those who believed that Americans must analyze every spoken word, fearful of offending individuals or specific groups of individuals. I laughed and cheered.

‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ became an even more entertaining television event; at least in the beginning. Maher has become too egocentric, and far too wealthy and distant from the average man. I continue to watch the show, but now I do so because of his guests.

His irritating opinions are all too biased. He fails to accept views opposed to his own.

On one show, he criticized the Pope and his American representatives for censuring free speech. He was on the money with his remarks; but then he became a big jerk. He cried foul when liberals label people as racists and bigots, and labeled the religion of Islam as ‘uniquely violent.’ He failed to do his research, again. If he is allowed to identify individuals or groups as he believes, others must be allowed to do the same. And all religions have violent backgrounds which were led by a few; not the majority.

Maher rightly defended Bill Cosby’s accusers, noting that there was no personal gain for most of the women when they described the sexual abuse they suffered from the entertainer. If he would have stopped at that point, he would have been credible. However, he failed to admit his frequent misogynistic remarks, defended Woody Allen when he was accused of sexual misconduct, and once tweeted an insulting remark about women regarding domestic violence.

In another moment of conflict, Maher defended the right of women to control their own bodies. Then later in ‘new rules’ he denounced the right of women to breast feed in public; he claimed that breasts were intended to arouse and should not be exposed in public.

When the 2014 elections approached Maher denounced Republicans for pandering conservative voters; they made the election about President Obama and not qualified candidates or the issues. Later he pandered to conservatives himself. He exaggerated the fear of Ebola, ignoring the science he claims to support. And, once again, he continued to denounce all Muslims.

Last night’s show was more of the same. He once again denounced followers of the Islamic faith. His most egregious act was in his monologue. Newsman Brian Williams is under fire for an errant remark he made on his nightly broadcast last week. He didn’t have all the facts as he was humorously critical of the usually credible reporter. Maher suggested that the incident involved in 2003 was incorrectly reported from the beginning. Williams’ initial report from Iraq was factual, describing the lead helicopter in the group being hit by a rocket propelled grenade. His errant statement last week told of the helicopter in which he was a passenger as the one attacked from opposing ground forces.

Maher has the right to his opinions, and I have the right to agree or disagree with him; and I do. My complaint is that he has an obligation to be fair, and he must have all the facts before he tells tales on a national television show.

I will likely continue to watch his show, I do enjoy the guests, whether or not I agree with them. They give me an opportunity to vent.

Commentary by James Turnage

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James Turnage is currently a writer and editor for The Public Slate, a subsidiary of the Guardian Liberty Voice. He is also a novelist who is in the process of publishing his fourth effort. His responsibilities include Editing, reporting , managing.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Was this article written for a journalism class? If so, it deserves an “F”. If you want to show that someone is misrepresenting facts, you quote them and then give sources that show the error. Not a single quote, and not a single source other than basically; the internet. Can you give an “F-“?

  2. Sloppily written doesn’t begin to cover this. Turnage repeatedly references Maher’s “opinions” and “remarks.” You know what word he never uses? JOKES. A lot of the “remarks” Maher makes are in jest (i.e., his tweets), but this doesn’t seem to register with Turnage. It’s a comedy show, bro—take your bile down a couple of notches.

  3. > He cried foul when liberals label people as racists and bigots, and labeled the religion of Islam as ‘uniquely violent.’

    He was right, both times. I have done tons of research.

    > In another moment of conflict, Maher defended the right of women to control their own bodies. Then later in ‘new rules’ he denounced the right of women to breast feed in public; he claimed that breasts were intended to arouse and should not be exposed in public.

    Not the same things at all. There is an old saying: “your rights end at my nose.” Having control of your own body does not mean you can expose yourself in public.

  4. Bill Cosby Rapist. THIS PIG IS DONE. I will relentlessly pursue rapist Bill Cosby, Cosby accomplices, the Cosby family and Cosby supporters. This is not a threat, this is a promise. Let’s be clear, they own this.

    WHY! VICTIMS MATTER! These victims represent our families, our children, daughters, wives, mothers and sisters.

    Cosby’s guilt is overwhelming and beyond doubt. The only question is how many people did he rape, fifty, hundreds! Cosby is a predatory habitual rapist. The number of Cosby drug raped victims is painfully staggering and continues to climb. For every victim who comes forward there are fifty more too afraid to do so. The emotional impact on these victims and their families is heart wrenching and most will be haunted for the remainder of their lives. The total number of individuals impacted by Cosby is in the thousands.

    Cosby, a sociopath, is incapable of remorse and he reeks of guilt. The shocking trait of a sociopath is their complete lack of conscience, lack of empathy, remorse, guilt or shame. Small comfort, at 77 Cosby will not live forever. Justice denied awaits all victims; vengeance is mine.

    To all who take the time to read this message, if you agree, please share this link, Thank You.
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  5. What is this? What was the point of this article? This is an article about your opinion of a man who has opinions. Why don’t I just watch Bill Maher and have my own opinion? You’re vestigial.

  6. I couldn’t agree more with all of the above points regarding this article. Why in the world would Google link to this site?

  7. Hey

    I like Maher but he is an opportunist, business man and good at what he does!

    His interest in Palin is that she gushes in the viewers just like an oil well in Saudi Land – it’s bucks in his pocket – I get a kick out of it and still am a strong Palin supporter and will remain one as long as she is in the game!

    I like the way he is encouraging those fake Republicans to throw her under the bus – the more they do the more we know who they are – bravo Mr. Maher!

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