A journalist is protesting a controversial booking on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” by canceling his scheduled appearance on the show. The journalist, Jeremy Scahill, has been a frequent guest on the program, but pulled out in protest over the booking of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Scahill explained the move in a Twitter post, warning that Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart News editor, will use the show to “legitimize his hateful agenda.”
Scahill was scheduled to appear as part of a panel that also included Larry Wilmore and Jack Kingston, with Yiannopoulos as the show’s “lead guest.”
In his Twitter essay, Scahill says of Yiannopoulos: “There is no value in ‘debating’ him. Appearing on ‘Real Time’ will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda.”
Scahill also writes: “Yiannopoulos has shown he will use his appearances to publicly attack and shame specific ordinary people by name, a practice which could lead to violence or even death. ‘Real Time,’ of course, has the right to book whomever it wants on its show, including Yiannopoulos. But I cannot participate in an event that will give a platform to such a person.”
Deadline.com notes that the show has replaced Scahill with Malcolm Nance, author of “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.”