Bill Maher Defends Booking of Right-Wing Provocateur

Feb 16, 2017  •  Post A Comment

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.”


  1. Good for Bill Maher to stand up and make a statement about why Hillary lost the election and what Democrats need to change in order to start winning elections again.

  2. The problem – as exemplified by Scahill’s cancellation – is that he like so many others is unwilling to listen to another’s point of view. Adults don’t have to agree to get along. Talk show host have an enormous amount of power and control over an interview. I applaud Bill Mahr hope that he will give Yiannopolous the opportunity to put forth his POV and not run over him as many interviers do.to controversial guests in order to entertain the audience. I’m sure Mr. Scahill would want the same treatment.

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