BTW, Maher is someone I keep an eye on because his intellect has a way of tripping him up. Like when he suggested that it was a waste of time to be harassing travelers at checkpoints when they didn't fit the profile of terrorists. (I liberally paraphrase).
I took his remarks offensively since I was getting pulled out of flight lines at that time almost every time I traveled.
10. He said something like, You can say many things about people who would fly a plane into a building,
but flying a plane into a building is not the act of a coward."
The comment he lost his show over had nothing to do with our troops or any nation's troops.
World War Ii was before my time, but, throughout my life, I have heard many who lived through it speak about it. I recall many negative things Americans said about the actions of the Japanese during WWII, including that they ate our troops, but I don't recall reading or hearing about anyone's calling the Japanese kamikaze pilots cowards.
Bill Maher lost his show because, despite his publicized Libertarianism, many of his comments sound liberal and no one can forgive that.
4. He had the temerity to correct those stating 911 hijackers were "cowards"...
It was one of those intellectually honest statements that the frothing reactionaries just couldn't handle.
Separating "cowardice" from "horrific, despicable, beyond defensible, and morally unredeemable" was impossible for those calling for Maher's head. I'm not exactly his fan, since his overt misogyny is sickening. But, his statement re: 911, though predictably ill-timed and misunderstood, was similar IMO to Time magazines decision to put Hitler on the cover for the 1938 "Man of the year" and their attempt to differentiate "influential" from "greatness"...
I admire Maher's intellect. I detest his narcissism, misogyny, and frequent arrogance.
9. Good Points....Look at all the Celeb's who have paid a Price..yet,
Rushbo has managed to keep going trashing and trashing and making his high millions with only a few kerfluffles. He was even involved with using Doctors for his Med Dependency and buying the drugs from a parking lot in Palm Beach? How many others could get away with that and have a show that appears in markets sometimes aired three times a day (like here in the South) and still be on the air?
Don Imus comments seem to pale in comparison with what Rushbo has said all these years that was offensive.
12. I stand corrected. I had not remembered the exact quote and it's
Edited on Thu Mar-08-12 09:49 AM by KoKo
as bad as Rushbo's. Both of them should have been thrown out long ago. Agree. People seem to become immune to this kind of talk...thinking it was just "guy talk"..."sports talk" and things that wouldn't have been said on the airwaves as fit for "all audiences" became commonplace. Just "turn it off" we were told. But, when this kind of talk becomes acceptable we can see how it just spreads and becomes the norm.
13. You're welcome. No worries. I was mistaken, though. It was a Rutgers team.
I just googled because I suddenly could not remember if Imus had actually said it himself or his diminutive jerk of a producer had said it and Imus did nothing. Turns out, it was worse than I remembered.
On the April 4 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American and two white players, as "nappy-headed hos" immediately after the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team "hard-core hos." Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: "The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors."
McGuirk referred to the NCAA women's basketball championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee as a "Spike Lee thing," adding, "The Jigaboos vs. The Wannabees -- that movie that he had." McGuirk was presumably referring to Lee's 1988 film, School Daze (Sony Pictures), though co-host Charles McCord misidentified it as "Do the Right Thing" (Criterion, June 1989).
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