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Presenting Milo Yiannopoulos As A No-Talent Clown Doesn’t Work If You Don’t Actually Do It

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screencap of Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on 'Real Time' 02/17/2017
Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on ‘Real Time’ 02/17/2017

Milo Yiannopoulos is an Internet troll who gained ‘fame’ for being a gay Howard Stern. He has many fascist fan boys and men’s rights cry babies in a swoon because he says nasty things about minorities. He has had several appearances at colleges shut down due to protests or security fears. Milo Yiannopoulos as a no-talent clown but to tell liberals to not worry doesn’t work since another no-talent clown was put in the White House.

Yiannopoulos had the biggest stage of his short career when he was booked as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday night. Maher doesn’t like it when liberals refuse to give a platform to trolls like Yiannopoulos. Maher claims to support free speech.

“Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.” – Statement from Bill Maher

He seems to have the idea that free speech is only defended by more free speech. The problem is if you are going to invite a troll on your show to challenge his awful views then you need to actually do it. Don’t do what Bill did.

In the one-on-one interview outside the usual panel, Maher made a half-assed attempt to hit back at the worse parts of Milo’s act and at the end of the segment he thinks he did his job of exposing how little talent Yiannopoulos has.

“What some don’t understand, is that if you don’t show up to debate, you lose,” said Yiannopoulos, to rare applause. Maher agreed. “Stop taking the bait, liberals,” yelled Maher, calling them school girls. Maher seemed to get Yiannoupoulos’ schtick, but said he should “get off the Trump train,” because of President Donald Trump’s recent attempted controls on free speech. “For a guy who loves free speech, you’ve picked a weird boyfriend,” said Maher, to wild applause and laughter.”

WATCH: Bill Maher says liberals shouldn’t be afraid of “impish, British fag” Yiannopoulos

During the website portion of the show, Maher spent more time agreeing with Yiannopoulos then countering him.

“Maher started off with a strong question about Milo’s doxing of a transgender woman on stage at the University of Wisconsin. Milo quickly started by calling the woman “he” and continued using male pronouns throughout the segment and defending his actions by saying he was only outing the student to “protect” women and children from this “confused” person.

Maher quickly replied that Milo’s protection of women and children was “not unreasonable” and turned to his other guest, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston to ask how he felt about “weirdos peeing.”

Maher, a self-proclaimed liberal, though he tends to dwell more in the libertarian realm, once again threw transgender men and women under the bus. His validation of Milo’s tactics and use of transphobic language really sealed the deal.

When Larry Wilmore, another guest on the show tried to hold Milo accountable, Milo shot back saying that trans people “disproportionately” accounted for the world’s sexual predators, Maher did nothing to combat this statement. Wilmore tried but to little avail. Milo said it was proven and Maher did nothing to counter.”

Bill Maher shows us why we can’t platform fascists

The thing is most of Milo’s fans will be viewing the Overdrive segment and will dismiss the interview segment. It’s as if Maher doesn’t get that Milo is an Internet troll who gets his power from the man-babies who use the Internet. If he wanted to expose Milo he should have done it during the Overdrive segment.

In normal times, Yiannopoulos would be a one trick pony who flames out in a very short time. Maher giving Milo a favored slot on his show and treating him like he does Ann Coulter doesn’t lead to a flame out and gets all that nasty troll ooze all over the host. But Bill has had it happen before.

Political Horse Race Reporting Is Hurting Democracy

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Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail

I hate watching election news on TV or reading it in certain publications. It makes me angry. In a futile quest to make elections interesting, the drummed up fake balance reporting is in fact hurting our democracy.
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Morning Show Host Misses The Point On Journalism During Elections

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Morning show host Robin Roberts talking about journalism

One thing that grinds my gears every election season is the lack of effort from the members of the national journalist class. Basically most of them turn into stenographers – just repeating what political people tell them. Robin Roberts, a morning show host who thinks she is a journalist, knows what her job should be but misses the point of what it is suppose to do.
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Toledo TV Stations Pimp Popepalooza In Philadelphia

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image of Pope FrancisNorthwest Ohio has a large Catholic population and at least two of the Toledo TV stations fall over each other promoting the Church and their events. Most of the time it seems like they act like PR agencies rather than news reporters. Both stations plan extensive coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Those plans made me wonder who was paying for it.
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Where Did My Thanksgiving Parade Go?

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Jack Lord hosting the Aloha Floral Parade in 1979 on CBS

So I got up earlier than usual on Thanksgiving morning specifically to watch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I turn on the TV to watch but where is the parade? It is suppose to be on two networks and I see bits of the parade in the background but the hosts act like they are somewhere other than a parade. When did the Macy’s parade become just an advertising vehicle for NBC and CBS? Where did my Thanksgiving Parade go?
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