Those who accuse Bill Maher of straying too far from his liberal roots must have been happy with Friday’s lineup real time on HBO. From film director and author John Waters to Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar to director/actor and extreme liberal activist Rob Reiner, it was clearly a group leaning to the left of the aisle.
Except that Maher wasn’t afraid to deviate from the unspoken script and summon one of his guests about a difficult issue: Hunter Biden’s laptop and the apparent suppression of that story in the media.
Maher set his trap early and gave his panelists enough string to express their views on abortion, Joe Biden, Jan. 6 and the recent spending accounts,
Maher grew tired of it at one point, mocking Reiner and Klobuchar’s glee over former President Donald Trump’s Boxgate issues as they were raised in the “walls come closer” style.
“Do you know how many times I’ve heard that on MSNBC?” Maher spoke of Reiner’s claims that Trump would be indicted. “We’ve got it now!”
Moments later, Maher zoomed in on the murder as he brought up how the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop and its influence on the distribution of evidence was effectively crushed.
Maher turned the conversation to a recent statement by podcaster Sam Harris, who said a conspiracy to silence that storyline before the 2020 election was fine because it served the greater good of defeating Trump.
Maher asked if it was okay to suppress something like that when the other side is so bad that everything is justified.
Reiner seemed stunned and tried to bring the subject back to the January 6the revolt. Maher wouldn’t let him escape. “They buried Hunter Biden’s story.”
Reiner tried to recover by denying the premise. ‘Are you sure they did? I don’t know”
“That’s because you’re only watching MSNBC,” Maher replied.
Klobuchar tried to cover for Reiner by admitting, “I don’t know they said all this,” adding, “You have to make sure you treat people fairly.” She added that she sat back and let the Justice Department do its job, avoiding the original question.
Earlier John Waters came by to flog his new book, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance. The conversation ranged from the different preferences on the sidewalks along Santa Monica Boulevard to what would be in the planned Waters exhibit at the Motion Pictures Academy Museum.
Waters loved to make fun of himself and noted that his Hollywood Walk of Fame star was greeted by a friend with the comment, “Closer to the gutter than ever!;
“I make fun of myself and the rules I live by,” Waters said of avoiding any cancellation during his controversial career. “I joke about political correctness.”
Waters once worked with Johnny Depp, but graciously refused to discuss THAT MATTER, save for one point: “I wish they would get back together and drive everyone crazy.”
Maher’s New Rules editorial was a take on Straw Man’s arguments, complete with a real Straw Man prop. Maher praised Silvana Fardos, Salman Rushdie’s swatter’s mother, and said she exemplifies the courage we should all aspire to.