Before he was roundly denounced for dropping the n-word, Bill Maher made another egregious error: He welcomed Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO program. Yiannopoulos, an outré performance artist and alt-right fellow traveler, was given a platform on Real Time to promote his book and espouse his hateful views, which range from transmisogyny to outright racism. Instead of challenging his guest, however, Maher mostly acquiesced, praising the provocateur’s anti-PC shtick and gushing, “I think a lot of people do miss your humor.”
Days later, when it came to light that Yiannopoulos had repeatedly defended hebephilia, he was dropped from Breitbart News and excoriated by the left- and right-wing press. And Maher, ever the egotist, took a victory lap—claiming credit for his guest’s downfall by asserting that an appearance on a major cable network helped expose the troll for what he was. “As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant,” offered Maher, adding, “You’re welcome.”
Her show is produced by David Corvo (Dateline NBC/Dateline ID) and Liz Cole (Dateline). These two, as executive producers, are as much responsible for content and reporting as Kelly. So what's going on? Are all woefully unprepared, lazy, censored, or incompetent? Or have they been bought off and simply don't give a damn?