Wow… just wow. Watching Real Time with Bill Maher tonight was a real trip. Guests were self-admitted socialist, Bernie Sanders (I)-VT; Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times; Kerry Washington, Actress/Activist; and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. We all know him well, don’t we?
The panel took on everyone you can imagine; nobody was safe from their wrath. They went after Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Fox News in general, Bernie Goldberg, and basically anyone else who is right of their beliefs.
Maher and Olbermann said that people like Rush and Beck could provoke people like Tim McVeigh to do violence, and they blame Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch for even hiring Beck. Maher said he worries about those “bitter clingers to their guns” that Obama spoke of in San Francisco.
Folks, I really wanted to transcribe this, but it would take me hours to do it – I just need to get this out there. So, here are just some thoughts that came across from the panel:
Maher: Right-wingers are more dangerous when they’re out of power. Glenn Beck is so powerful, or else he wouldn’t give him the time of day. He’s a kook and a creep, and has a wild imagination.
Maher: Tim McVeigh said it was this type of talking (Beck’s) that made him blow up the building in Oklahoma City.
Sorkin: Beck talked about FEMA concentration camps, so he’s nuts.
Olbermann: The guy who shot the pastor in the church in Tennessee said he did so because he was unable to kill all the liberals listed in Bernie Goldberg’s book.
Olbermann: Said he’s got nothing on Howard Beale compared to that guy (Beck). He’s a Father Codling (?) but with a crew cut. He (Beck) doesn’t even know what he’s saying.
Washington: If his crying and passion are not authentic, she wants to meet his acting coach.
Maher: Who is responsible are Roger Ailes & Rupert Murdoch, for putting Glenn Beck on the air.
Maher: Obama was right about right-wingers who are bitter and cling to their guns.
Washington: Beck is like a conservative Jerry Springer.
Washington: I love Pelosi because she got Republicans to vote for the 90% tax on AIG execs.
Sanders: The function of Fox is to divert attention away from the real issues and to get middle class people dealing with different issues. What Fox does is scare conservatives about the 2nd Amendment, which is totally unfounded.
Olbermann: Michael Wolf (bio of Murdoch) said there is no moral code guiding Fox – it’s all about how much money Murdoch could make, and that if they could turn 100% liberal and make money, Murdoch would do it in a heartbeat. Although Olby said he would never compromise his beliefs if he could make more money working for a conservative network (i.e., he can’t be bought). He says he knows this from personal experience that there are a couple of these guys at Fox News who are just salesmen, would go to the other side just for money, but says he would not himself. He said he already worked for them once, but it was just a bunch of crap. He said he has personally talked to Sean Hannity and noted Hannity said “isn’t this crazy that people think we’re enemies, but it’s just TV?” Keith says he just shrugged it off and that he’s never said anything on air he didn’t believe in. He said Beck doesn’t know what he believes in.
Sanders: The postive side of the economic disaster is people are really seeing the greed of the “ruling class” of the elite rich.
Olbermann: It is a nation about corporations and that we have to “roll back many of their liberties” (direct quote!) and reign them in.
Excuse me… “roll back many of their liberties?” ROLL BACK THEIR LIBERTIES? O.M.F.G.