Bill Maher's Show(s)
As our Priscilla noted, "civil," "tolerant" Fox Nation has taken to calling Bill Maher "Pig Maher." That's the Fox Nation editor doing it, not the readers. So it's probably no surprise that the readers should react the way they have on one of the recent threads. We will turn these over to Maher.Continue reading >>
Bill Maher is a comedian who whose political satire is equal opportunity. His show is on HBO which is a pay for view channel. Yet, Fox Nation seems to have an obsession about him that belies the Fox Nation mission statement about being "opposed to intolerance." But inquiring minds want to know how the nomenclature of Bill Maher as "Pig Maher" (Incuding the most recent example, five times) comports with their commitment to "observing the rules of civility and mutual respect." Oh, right, as noted by News Corpse, Fox Nation is "bound by a confederacy of dunces" and in using the term "Pig Maher," they demonstrate what they think is "their maturity and devotion to ethical journalism." Now, I get it. Jon Stewart's description of the mentality on Fox & Friends can be applied to Fox Nation. "Seventh Grade Rules!"Continue reading >>
As has been reported, part of several of last week's Sean Hannity's show was devoted to bashing Bill Maher for his, and his guests', "sexist" satirical comments about Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Father Jonatham Morris, Fox's resident chaplain and Parochial Vicar of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, as part of Hannity's "Great American Panel," (let's see when married, former Catholic now Episcopalian Father Cuti shows up on Hannity!) joined in on the attack on Wednesday night. Not surprisingly, he said that Maher is anti-religious (D'uh) but he also said something that is just jawdroppingly ironic given that the little padre is employed by Fox News. He claimed that Maher is using his comedy to "carry out an agenda" and that "we are not going to allow him to hide behind satire and do these very sexist, nasty things on his show." Oh, the irony!Continue reading >>
While the right wing loves the First Amendment when it comes to protecting the rights of Christians, they have a problem with those whose views don't dovetail with the orthodoxy of the right wing. Fox News, the mouthpiece for the right wing, is a "news" network that claims to be "fair & balanced." Bill Maher is a comedian who makes no claims to be anything other than what he is - an irreverent satirist. But Fox News doesn't like irreverent satirists whose politics lean left and who joke about conservative women. On the other hand, they have no problem with the Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller "joking" about Nancy Pelosi's botox. Fox does have a problem with Bill Maher, who commits the ultimate sin of making fun of the sainted Madonnas of right wing politics, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Last Friday, two comics on his show made went rather "blue" in their commentary about St. Michele (and Rick Santorum, too) And for that, Sean Hannity has gone full tilt boogie in his effort to trash Maher and promote "conservative victimhood" which is, as Jon Stewart, says the "true genius" of Fox News. As part of Hannity's attack on Maher and NOW (which hasn't condemned Maher's Fox defined sexism), he enlisted hate radio host Bill Cunningham. If Fox viewers are uninformed, Cunningham provides us with a reason why. But it's ironic - his comments regarding liberal women and a sexual abuse scandal exemplify the very sexism that Maher is supposedly guilty of. Meanwhile, Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues to be attacked by Fox News which presents itself as "real journalism" although they are a joke!
Recently, Fox's chief of psychiatry and right wing political hack, Dr. Keith Ablow, psychoanalyzed Bill Maher on Fox & Friends, "the morning happy-talk show that Ailes uses as one of his primary vehicles to inject his venom into the media bloodstream." This deep delving into the DSM IV was a reaction to Maher's satiric comments about Bristol Palin. Fox needed to hit back so they brought on Ablow to explain, in a professionally concerned manner, that Maher's comments stemmed from a deep seated hatred of conservative women. Ablow has also provided "diagnosesis " for Chaz Bono regarding his transgender status (none of Ablow's business) and Media Matters president, David Brock who was totally trashed, albeit in a "professional" manner. This seems to be Fox News' newest and rather creative line of personal attack, given that these "virtual" evaluations focus on what Dr. Ablow thinks are personality disorders in whomever he attacks. (Whoops, diagnoses) This could represent a violation of professional ethics; but for Fox News, character assassination, given by a board certified physician, trumps any issues of professionalism. Last week, on "Real Time," Bill Maher responded with some scathing and humorous commentary. While he spoke, Ann Coulter laughed uproariously and told Maher that misogyny is the least of his problems. After Bill referenced Ablow's claim about Bill's lack of children, he looked at Coulter and said "just like you." She didn't laugh at that one. But Maher got in some great jabs while Chaz Bono looked on while, hopefully, feeling vindicated. Video follows.Continue reading >>