After I wrote I am �that big of a lunatic,� Bill Maher,
in response to Maher�s attacks on 9/11 Truthers on his show Real Time, saying that we were lunatics,
crazy people, and in need of Paxil; in fact, after receiving a raft of thank
you emails from all over the country . . . lo and behold, Bill stepped deeper
into the muck by physically attacking 9/11 Los Angeles Truthers who attended
his October 19 show to protest.
What�s next, Bill, throwing nets around people who disagree
with you, that is, before someone throws one over you?
Among Bill�s guests that evening, when the incident occurred, were
Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas, Hardball talk show host Chris Matthews and journalist Joel Stein.
You can view the scene at the above link.
The venerable Ms. Lee was speaking about taking money from
the Iraq war and using it to attack problems in education. At this point a male
protestor shouted, �Talk about 9/11.� Another echoed his sentiment.
Maher, rather than try to engage the protestors in debate, or
more positively, invite them for their day in court on his show -- after all
9/11 was obviously an issue of importance that many of his viewers had been
asking him to cover, causing his first outburst -- Maher instead stood and
shouted, �Hey, do we have some fucking security in this building or do I have
to get this (inaudible) out of here myself?� At this point, macho man Maher ran
into the audience to attack some protestors, in tandem with his show�s goons,
pushing them towards the exit.
Macho Maher then rushed back to the stage and triumphantly
said, �Is it that hard to throw someone out of a building?� The response
ironically is one of laughter and applause. I guess no one really does believe
in the First Amendment after all, and people�s right to protest their views to
a broadcaster face-to-face.
Maher's show is taped
live in CBS� Television City in Los Angeles for HBO, the same HB0 that keeps
running the bogus Flight 93 into the
ground over and over again, propounding the Administration�s conspiracy theory.
Thus, the live
taping brought the courageous protestors who didn�t agree with Bill�s remarks
to show up and have their say. In fact, even after the first protestors were
pushed out, a female protestor responded to Maher�s gaff with: �Tell them about
Tower 7.� She meant that Tower 7, not hit by a plane, might have gone quickly
by internal demolition. To which macho man Maher responded, �Hey, I�ll kick
your ass out, too.�
Once again, without even changing into his Superman uniform,
he streaked off the stage in his Clark Kent suit to push the young woman out
with the help of his goons.
Bill then ran back to the stage as the audience applauded
and laughed at the unreal circus Real
Time has turned into. What with Edward R. Murrow turning over in his grave
somewhere, Maher said, �This isn�t the Iowa caucus. It�s not a debate. It�s a
debate between us,� referring to the panel. �Audience comes from the Latin, to
listen?� This, too, got a big laugh and applause. Only the Emperor must speak.
The rest of you zip up your lips. It�s Bill�s show and he�s the decider. He
asked, �What�s going on here?�
Yet still another protestor came up with another Tower 7
This time Bill, showing some fatigue, said, �This is the
problem with live TV.� Gee, I thought that was the genius of live TV, being
able to bring the uncut moment to us, to bring us 9/11 truth and the JFK
assassination truth and Bill Maher truth as it was unfolding. And let us make
up our own minds who was crazy and who wasn�t. But Bill added, looking towards
the protestor, �Then the nut cases, and you are a nut case, Building 7.� Okay,
if you say so, Bill.
Then, turning to his panel, Maher said, �You know what
that�s [Tower 7] all about? Given all the things I�ve said, and believe me,
I�ve said a lot of things, as you all know, that could get my head on a block.
The one they protest about out here, people think that the World Trade Center
was a controlled explosion [not demolition].� And here comes the piece de
resistance: �So in that incident, I�m actually defending President Bush [no
applause]. I don�t think President Bush brought down the World Trade Center [no
But there were boos in response from more protestors. And
Maher went for a laugh, saying �And cows,� referring to the protestors� boos.
He got his laugh although his Bush statement hung in the air like the atomized
cloud of the Towers over the World Trade Center apocalypse.
Ever the show biz trooper, Maher changed the subject and
went on to talk about �the general who says we have eliminated al Qaeda in
Iraq. AQI -- it�s like KFC. We don�t make the bombs that killed the troops. We
[AQI] make the hate that makes the bombs.� And what do you make, Bill, but more
hate, even as a protestor makes another comment.
Yet, Maher, still unsettled, said to himself: �How come I
don�t fire my audience department? Yeah, that�s what�s running through my mind
now.� He got a big laugh once again, as if all this were scripted for hilarity.
Right, fire them all, anyone who doesn�t agree with Bill; anyone who lets a
little reality slip into the hyper-controlled �taped" live show.
Then, looking into the audience, where more protestors are
being hustled out of the studio, he uttered a note of encouragement to his
staff. �Yeah, don�t be gentle with them [the protestors]. Ass kicking is what�s
called for.� Laughter and applause, God bless America, because Bill isn�t, or
its First Amendment from that �goddamn piece of paper� Constitution, as Bush
referred to it.
In fact, amid the insane crescendo of lions eating
Christians, Maher turned to his panel and said, �If this was a microcosm of
America, I�d vote for Rudy Giuliani at this point.� The panel pulled back a
bit, offering polite smiles. The audience laughed (and probably somewhere so
does Rudy). But Representative Sheila Jackson said, �I�m not gonna even touch
the First Amendment. I�m gonna leave it off, you know.� And Bill turned to her
and said, �Well good.� Let�s not let that sticky old flypaper Constitution get
in the way here. And on we go into the night.
Kudos from Fox News
Of course, as soon as possible Fox News ran a story by John
(slightly to the right of Genghis Khan) Gibson, Hat�s Off to Bill Maher. You should
be proud, Bill. Put this on your resume or in your scrapbook. You could even
bounce right into an anchor chair at Rupert�s delicatessen of lies, half-truths
and pro-administration pap. I mean, read the story, folks. Here�s the opening
paragraphs for starters, misspellings included . . .
�I don't agree with Bill Maher about much. In fact, his
�Bush Derangement Syndrome� is so bad I'd probably double-check if he said the
sky was blue.
�However, on his HBO show Maher did something worth
applause, and I'm going on record now to say he's right and hope it proves to
at least a few liberals out there that I don't reject each and every thing a
liberal might say.
�Maher has in the past publicly rejected the lunatic notions
of the 9/11 truthers, a ragtag army of conspiratorialists who won't take Usama
bin Laden at his word and insist that George W. Bush was in fact the terrorist
behind the 9/11 attacks. Maher is right when he tells 9/11 truthers that they
have gone too far, and they are out of their minds.
�That has earned him the enmity of 9/11 truthers, and they
struck back by sneaking into his live HBO show a few days ago. They began
heckling Maher with their lunacy about who is really responsible for 9/11, as
if it weren't already well known and well established. . . ."
Nice work, Bill. You�re sleeping with the devil, to borrow
Robert Bauer�s title of US involvement in the Middle East. So obviously you
didn�t read my article, the one I emailed your show via HBO, about Osama bin
Laden, who was really bought and paid for by the CIA to fight the �atheistic�
Russians in Afghanistan for 10 years along with his Mujihadeen jihad buddies.
Check it out. It�s the link in the first line of this article. But here�s the
really curious thing about you, Bill.
Previous to Real Time
for HBO, Maher had a kind of comedic but seriously intended interview show
called Politically Incorrect. It ran
on Cable�s Comedy Central from
1993-1996. In 1997, it moved to the big-time media network ABC (C as in
Company), to follow Ted Koppel�s Nightline.
Ted was the guy with the funny hair, but about as straight a commentator for
�real news� as ABC had, which isn't saying much. Koppel, however, did not
particularly like being followed by a funny man, thinking it was soft news. So
there was a gap of commercials separating the shows, not a direct flow in with,
�and now Bill Maher, etcetera . . ."
Bill claimed in a CNN interview with Larry King that
neither Koppel nor ABC did much to plug his show, because he was too edgy and
too apt to speak the truth. In fact in 2002, Bill was fired by ABC in relation to a statement that he made after 9/11.
Here it is, as noted by the New York Library Association and their (?) headline
added . . .
TOO BAD WE CAN�T FIRE THE TERRORISTS
FOR SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT HIM . . .
�Bill Maher, who was essentially fired by ABC for saying that the September 11
terrorists were not �cowards� (in the President�s word), and boldly continuing
the logic by suggesting that surgical strikes at civilians might be more so
[cowardly], concludes his six-year run on that network of �Politically
Incorrect� on June 28th. Arianna Huffington credits the First Amendment values
of the show with her own transformation from political wife of closeted gay
Republican Michael Huffington to free-thinking progressive activist -- and bids
�Politically Incorrect� a fond farewell at: http://www.ariannaonline.com/columns/files/061702.html.
Ah, what a shame. Maher got canned for expressing his views,
right or wrong, crazy or sane. And Huffington invokes the First Amendment
values of the show with her own transformation, etcetera. So, Bill, what
happened? You sat out the year, did some standup, and then on February 21,
2003, returned to the air on HBO with Real
Time. But you weren�t bitter, were you? You didn�t realize that touching
certain shibboleths could doom you to the crapper in no time in prime time or
any time on mainstream TV or in mainstream America?
You weren�t so soured that the once shoot-from-the-hip Bill
wanted several years later to call some free-thinking, smart, informed people,
who happen to believe 9/11 was an inside job, cuckoos, nuts, crazy,
Paxil-maniacs? Just the way the American Broadcasting Company (think of the
gravitas of that name), the AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY (well known for its
Company gents advising on copy) shit-canned you for your quirky remark about
�terrorists not being cowards,� but maybe �surgical strikes at civilians might
be more so.� Nice.
Like they say in California, everything that goes around
comes around, but maybe in the wrong lane, and smack, crashes. In fact, Bill,
maybe you�re just a good Catholic/Jewish boy who got burned bad and never
forgot how �god� or the folks upstairs can punish. So you start punishing,
flexing a little muscle, pushing truth aside, and making fun of possible
scenarios? Who knows, right? That�s life in the fast lane. Wheels fall off
every now and then. Shit happens.
Well, at least, we know now you�ve suffered the slings and
arrows of repression for being too smart for the room. But what have you
learned, Bill, apart from pushing other people? What have you learned? And when
will you learn, before you blow this show, too? Your highbrow guests, between
forced smiles, were looking on somewhat in horror at the events. And Sheila,
who knew right from wrong, tried to say you were walking on that precious First
Amendment, the same one that was violated to show you the door. So it goes. So
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New
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