real time with bill maher

"everything that used to be a sin, is now a disease." - bill maher.

bill maher tells the truth. or at least what he believes to be the truth. you may not agree with him, but at least he'll always tell you what he thinks. case in point, he used to have a show called politically incorrect on abc. the show discussed entertainment and political topics with a panel of various guests. the show's run came to an abrupt end in 2002 after comments maher made responding to george bush and others calling the september 11 terrorist attacks "cowardly." maher stated, "we have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. that's cowardly. staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly." several sponsors pulled their advertising due to the comments and abc cancelled the show. it is quite ironic that a show called politically incorrect gets cancelled because the host says something politically incorrect.

now, at the time, in context 9/11, the comments seemed too offensive too soon, even though he was actually just repeating what another guest on the show said just moments before. some pundits later supported maher, noting the difference between moral and physical cowardice. a week after the show was cancelled, maher was awarded the l.a. press club's president's award, its highest honor, for championing free speech.

now maher's got a new gig, hbo's real time with bill maher, a show very similar, but much more sophisticated show than politically incorrect. it seems he has managed to figure out how to blend the political debates easier. i don't always agree with bill maher, and i think that if you're someone who agrees with him 100 percent of the time, there might be something wrong with you. but i will say that he is always entertaining, even when he's competely out in left field.

here is a clip of bill maher and his "new rules," a segment at the end of every show where he runs the gambit of some newsworthy and some not-so-newsworthy tidbits. his commentary is often times biting and entertaining at the same time. here, he really gets dirty and perhaps shocks some of his own audience by asking the question, who's more at fault at fucking up the kids? the predators that hunt them, or the parents? again, you may not always agree with him, but damn, that hurts. this is bill maher at his best.