I had not planned to watch the second fall episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher”, thinking my duty had been dispatched by watching the first. But I heard that Andrew Breitbart was going to be on, which piqued my interest.
Breitbart had recently caused about a hundred or so union thug demonstrators to flee before him by simply asking awkward questions. Naturally I wondered what he would do to Bill Maher.
But first, there was the opening monologue. If you have heard one Bill Maher monologue, you have heard them all. This time the Republicans were evil for rolling out the Pledge to America. The Democrats were wussies for not being able to do anything to avoid getting their heads handed to them in November. All of this was delivered with the characteristic sneer and the automatic baying of the studio audience.
Then Maher interviewed Richard Tillman, the brother of the football player turned soldier Pat Tillman who was killed in Afghanistan by “friendly” fire. Apparently, before all the facts were known, the military told Tillman’s family that Pat died heroically charging the enemy. However, after a month, when the true facts were known, the military revealed the truth.
It appears that the Tillman family, including Richard, now believes that there was a vast right wing conspiracy to cover up the true facts of Pat Tillman’s death to use it as propaganda to support the war in Afghanistan. Some conspiracy that is admitted to only a month afterwards. But it seems that the conspiracy theory is being used as the basis of a new film about Tillman which uses his death, ironically enough, as propaganda to oppose the war in Afghanistan, attack the military, and indict George W. Bush.
Bill Maher, as is his MO, poured some gasoline on the fire by suggesting that Pat Tillman was murdered by his own comrades. Why this could be so is not revealed, except that Maher thinks that Tillman was “smarter” than the other soldiers and was thus resented.
After this bit of supreme creepiness, the panel was commenced. Along with Bill Maher were Andrew Breitbart, Amy Holmes, and Seth MacFarland.
The first part of the panel consisted of Bill Maher ranting about how great health care reform is and why people are too stupid to realize this. Amy Holmes and Andrew Breitbart tried unsuccessfully to set him straight, while Seth MacFarland made snarky comments. It was during this portion of the program when Breitbart nailed Maher neatly. “So you’re officially not a Libertarian anymore, right? I mean, this position has run so far from the Libertarian position. Is this, so you admit that you have more of a, you know, European socialist leaning perspective on this issue?”
Maher, clearly stunned, muttered something about European socialism working, something that most European socialists no longer believe.
Next, was the promised video of Christine O’Donnell. Actually there were two videos, one faked, the other real. Apparently the fake video was put together because the staff of Real Time could not find anything shocking enough. The fake video had the actress playing Christine O’Donnell admitting to getting pregnant in order to sell stem cells and touting the joys of anal sex. The real video had her denying evolution. We know which Bill Maher found more shocking.
Seth MacFarland at this point made a rude comment about what he would like to do to Christine O’Donnell. Previously he had fantasized about having sex with Sarah Palin. I guess he finds attractive, conservative women hot.
Then Ann Druyan, the widow of the late Carl Sagan, was brought on to bemoan the idea that Americans hate science. This turned quickly into a yelling match about global warming, which was cut off when Breitbart brought up the relationship between scientists’ belief in man-made global warming and government grants from politicians who want to pass cap and trade.
Just a note. Carl Sagan, for all of his faults, would never have appeared on Real Time. He believed in reasoned discussion where participants could make their points without interruption.
The New Rules were forgettable, except when Bill Maher dissed Stewie. This elicited a string of obscenities from Seth MacFarland. It was the funniest part of the show.
Sources: Andrew Breitbart on Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Tonight, Big Hollywood, September 24th, 2010
Absurd Conspiracy Theories Abound in Agenda-Driven ‘Tillman Story’, Kurt Schlichter, Big Hollywood, July 13th, 2010
Andrew Breitbart Nails Bill Maher: You’re Not a Libertarian, You’re a Socialist, Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters, September 25th, 2010