FOX Defends Bill Maher

jd50aejd50ae Posts: 6,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
'The Five' Defends Maher from ‘Intolerant’ Berkeley Students: ‘Anti-Free Speech’

By: Josh Feldman (Mediaite)

Bill Maher‘s invitation to speak at Berkeley invited outcry from students over his supposedly “bigoted” views on the Islamic faith and calls for him to be disinvited. The hosts of Fox’s The Five came to Maher’s defense today against liberal students who just want to create an “echo chamber” of views they agree with.

Bob Beckel said these students ought to “keep their mouths shut” and let Maher speak. Eric Bolling mocked the supposed inclusiveness of the left when they have this very “anti-free speech” attitude when it comes to hearing from people they disagree with.

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  • The3StogiesThe3Stogies MainePosts: 2,653 ✭✭✭✭
    There's been a few dis-invitations lately but getting dissed from Berkeley and Bill Maher too boot, Codi Rice I could understand. This was over what he said about Muslims wasn't it, dangerous ground there, but he made a good point. Was he the one that called Palin the c-word? He is funny as hell, I would like to hear him speak. Like to sit with Uncle Bob Beckel and smoke a cigar with him too, bet he has some stories to tell.
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 5,012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Idealism is incensed by empiricism.
    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)



    Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism; complete with witch hunts funny outfits and humorless preachers thundering doom. The Deity is Safety; Satan is a Lawyer; but the object is the same: to suck the life out of life and tell you how to live it.
  • jd50aejd50ae Posts: 6,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
    webmost:
    Idealism is incensed by empiricism.


    The older I get, the more of that I see (hear).
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 5,012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jd50ae:
    webmost:
    Idealism is incensed by empiricism.


    The older I get, the more of that I see (hear).
    Shoot the messenger!
    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)



    Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism; complete with witch hunts funny outfits and humorless preachers thundering doom. The Deity is Safety; Satan is a Lawyer; but the object is the same: to suck the life out of life and tell you how to live it.
  • SleevePlzSleevePlz Goodrich, MIPosts: 6,249 ✭✭✭✭
    jd50ae:
    Bob Beckel said these students ought to “keep their mouths shut”
    No one else sees the free speech irony here???
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • jd50aejd50ae Posts: 6,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
    SleevePlz:
    jd50ae:
    Bob Beckel said these students ought to “keep their mouths shut”
    No one else sees the free speech irony here???


    That's kinda the point of the article. Glad to see beckel agree though. Of course beckel's thoughts about the subject are even more radical then maher's and I don't expect he will even get an invitation to be taken away..
  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 4,154 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jd50ae:
    'The Five' Defends Maher from ‘Intolerant’ Berkeley Students: ‘Anti-Free Speech’

    By: Josh Feldman (Mediaite)

    Bill Maher‘s invitation to speak at Berkeley invited outcry from students over his supposedly “bigoted” views on the Islamic faith and calls for him to be disinvited.

    What's interesting, to me, is the choice of his "bigoted" views on the Islamic faith being chosen as a reason. The guy's an atheist. He makes fun of all organized religions, pretty much even-handedly. Of course, he is a Jewish descendant, perhaps the Berkeley students are merely anti-semitic?

    Now there's a touch of irony, no?
    "The change in culture has a lot to do with the eclipse of integrity and honesty and decency, and the normalization of corruption, deceit, and mendacity.  It's all about manipulating your political opponents to diminish them and show that they have nothing to say or contribute.  People no longer have dialogue. It's all monologue."  - - Cornell West
  • jd50aejd50ae Posts: 6,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Amos Umwhat:
    jd50ae:
    'The Five' Defends Maher from ‘Intolerant’ Berkeley Students: ‘Anti-Free Speech’

    By: Josh Feldman (Mediaite)

    Bill Maher‘s invitation to speak at Berkeley invited outcry from students over his supposedly “bigoted” views on the Islamic faith and calls for him to be disinvited.

    What's interesting, to me, is the choice of his "bigoted" views on the Islamic faith being chosen as a reason. The guy's an atheist. He makes fun of all organized religions, pretty much even-handedly. Of course, he is a Jewish descendant, perhaps the Berkeley students are merely anti-semitic?

    Now there's a touch of irony, no?


    The whole thing is irony rich and hypocrisy colored. And it goes way over the heads of so many.
  • The3StogiesThe3Stogies MainePosts: 2,653 ✭✭✭✭
    Wasn't the petition started by an Islamic group at the college?
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