Bill Maher Bombs On Leno When He Politicizes Arizona Tragedy

Via Mediaite comes this very interesting clip of Bill Maher’s appearance last night on The Tonight Show, notice how the audience seems to become openly hostile toward him as he  steps up his usual attacks:

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  1. Jessica says:

    He hardly bombed. He was right about everything, and one part of the crowd disagreed with him over one issued. To say he “bombed” implies he either got booed and no one agreed with him, or was wrong. Neither of these things is true.

  2. WAALESS says:


    Doug your a bit of a douchebag. Just a bit.

  3. Careless says:

    Wow, is there a hell of a lot of projection going on in Maher’s mind.

  4. Drew says:

    Bill Maher was typically intellectually light. And I noted Mr. Maher is in complete denial about comparable left wing hyperbole. In particular, it has gone – as far as I know – absolutely unspoken about the crazed, wild and violent rhetoric of President Obama’s preacher…………..with a 20 year track record. And let’s not even get into Ayers.

    In fact, Obama lied to us in claiming he was simply unaware of Wright’s disgusting vitriol; and this absurd notion that Ayers was “just a guy in the neighborhood.”


    I just read Palin’s public announcement. More class, dignity and wisdom in that than any 500 mainstraem “journalists” or blog commentors (except Alex Knapp) put together.

  5. Bobby the K says:

    What i watched wasn’t that funny. But the crowd seemed asleep at the same time.

  6. raven says:

    Didn’t sound or look like a bomb to me, loved it, thanx 🙂

  7. michael reynolds says:

    Oh my God, Drew, even for an ignorant old crank like you that’s stupid. Jeremiah Wright? You mean the guy Obama condemned for his inflammatory rhetoric?

    The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

    Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

    Your usual crapola, Drew. At least you could try to update it. Use the Google.

  8. G.A.Phillips says:

    Harry, the numb nuts sat in Wright’s church for 20 years, then that numb nuts said he would no sooner disown Wright the he would hdisown typically “WHITE” grandma. LOL, not long after that numb nuts ran them both over with the Hope to change my bull$hit to fit the color of the sky that day bus……

    Your memory sucks and google ain’t gonna help it, or your revision…..

  9. Axel Edgren says:

    Why can’t you use ellipses properly? Show some respect to those reading your posts.

    Anyway, Obama said he didn’t approve of the words or the tone. He doesn’t have to disown the man.

    In the same sense that Palin doesn’t have to claim responsibility – she should just stop calling Obama everything short of Hitler and stop pretending people who criticize her wants her to be denied free speech.

  10. commonsense247 says:

    Poor Bill Maher… trotting out his usual inept and ridiculous comments and irrational opinions. He’s not funny, clever, informative, or bright. He’s lucky he has any sort of job… but then again, it *is* Hollywood.

  11. commonsense247 says:

    @michael reynolds Since you clearly have no firm grasp on reality, Obama’s speech to separate himself from Wright was finally done after it appeared he might lose the public opinion over such remarks. Prior to that, he didn’t utter anything or take any actions that indicated he disagreed with such rhetoric, but actually since being in office has demonstrated on multiple occasions his ideology mirrors much of what Wright has fomented.

  12. An Interested Party says:

    “…but actually since being in office has demonstrated on multiple occasions his ideology mirrors much of what Wright has fomented.”

    Talk about not having a firm grasp on reality…what and how, exactly, has the president done what you claim?

  13. Martin says:

    Didn’t Obama say he would bring a gun to a knife fight? Do a search…

  14. Colin says:

    There are rear bumpers in Berkeley, CA that have a better act than Bill Maher. And the drivers of those cars are far more courteous in their dialogue of ideas than this “rational, free-thinker” leprechaun.
    Maher was at the height of his game in 2003 in his show “Why We Fight.” Now, he’s a burned-out, unchallenged (thanks to the safe haven he’s retreated to on HBO) hack who recycles his rants. His movie “Religulous” flopped because it was merely a screed which explored no new material, thus no journey of discovery, so it was a boring rehashing of old material on a big screen.
    It was like eating a leathery, month-old from the fridge, microwaved pork chop & washing it down with flat beer. Not exactly dining on ashes; more like a cornucopia of things which once held your interest that have long suffered from neglect. Or, in Maher’s case, stubbornness/laziness to keep things “fresh in the bedroom.” Unlike his self-professed idol, George Carlin.

  15. Colin says:

    Yes, “a boring rehashing of old material on a big screen.” Sort of like all these movies nowadays that are based on a TV show. Which is what “Religulous” was & for the most part, why it failed.