Bill Maher has responded to the controversy over his booking on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The booking prompted journalist Jeremy Scahill to cancel his scheduled appearance on Friday’s show, as we reported earlier.
In canceling his appearance, The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill suggested that Maher is anti-Islamic, EW.com notes.
The report notes that Maher issued a statement in response to Scahill’s cancellation. EW quotes Maher’s statement saying: “My comments on Islam have never veered into vitriol. Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.”