Progressives Label Bill Maher ‘Right Wing’ After CNN Adds Him to Friday Night Programming
“Bill Maher is actually perfect for CNN to be honest. False equivalencies, propping up right-wing culture war talking points, fighting for the status quo and that smug face.”
Have you heard that Bill Maher is right wing now? That’s the charge some progressives in media have been making now that CNN has announced that they are adding Maher to their Friday night lineup.
The Hollywood Reporter covered the move:
CNN Adds Bill Maher’s ‘Overtime’ to Friday Night Lineup
Bill Maher is coming to CNN.
The host of HBO’s weekly late night series Real Time will bring his Overtime segments to the cable news channel beginning Friday, Feb. 3.
Overtime will air on CNN at 11:30 p.m. on Friday nights, after new episodes of Real Time debut on HBO on Fridays at 10 p.m.
Maher has been producing Overtime segments for years. An offshoot of the HBO show, the segments feature Maher and his panel of guests continuing to discuss newsy topics. The segment previously only streamed online. With the CNN deal, it will now also get a linear basic cable home.
The Maher move is also another example of Warner Bros. Discovery looking for ways to share programming even as it continues to shave off costs. Already some CNN programming has found its way to HBO Max and Discovery+, while CNN has hosted guests from other parts of the corporate empire (like chef Bobby Flay, who talked inflation and soaring food costs on a live segment).
Maher sometimes clashes with the woke left. For some people, that makes him a conservative.
FOX News reported:
Bill Maher trends on Twitter after getting slammed for being too ‘right-wing’: ‘That smug face’
The left on Twitter came out in force against comedian Bill Maher Tuesday, arguing that he was a “right-wing” culture warrior who made racist comments against minorities and had a “smug face,” to boot.
“Bill Maher” trended Tuesday morning on the social media platform after CNN announced that Maher’s post-show segment, “Overtime,” will air on Friday’s during “CNN Tonight.”
But even before Maher’s deal with CNN became public, the comedian was already a punching bag for some on the left after he came out against “woke” education and accused environmentalist celebrities of hypocrisy.
Leftist and “Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur claimed that Maher was a culture warrior for the political right.
“Bill Maher is actually perfect for CNN to be honest. False equivalencies, propping up right-wing culture war talking points, fighting for the status quo and that smug face. [Jake] Tapper might get jealous because he might be outsmugged.”
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan depicted Maher as a racist.
Do these folks even hear themselves?
Bill Maher is actually perfect for CNN to be honest. False equivalencies, propping up right-wing culture war talking points, fighting for the status quo and that smug face. Tapper might get jealous because he might be outsmugged.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 30, 2023
To be clear: I'm not saying no one is ever 'canceled' or that there's no censorship; I'm saying that the right-wing, reactionary white men who shout loudest about it almost always seem to do fine themselves.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 30, 2023
This handy chart explains so much:
Never thought I would see CNN and Bill Maher being called right wing. But here we are. With proof that attached meme is on point! https://t.co/DdwHZF4HVf pic.twitter.com/RADpDLYHhs
— Phyxx (@phyxx) January 31, 2023
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Right wing means doesn’t think that whites are the problem.
Color doesn’t matter, or at least it’s low information.
That said, albinophobia is a matter of progressive pride and prejudice.
Third party time.
It would only work if it was roughly equally composed of fractions of both parties. Otherwise, it’s just a means for the lesser split party to always win.
Bill Maher is about as right wing as Hillary Clinton’s left mammary gland.
I don’t think her right mammary gland is much better. Just a guess.
And about as attractive.
The Young Turks are risking a cosmic level karmic backlash for applying smug to someone else without any sense of irony or self reflection.
I met Anna Kasparian. I got to know some of her family. I thought she was as crazy in person as she is on tv.
Maher is a traditionalist! Old school, left wing, degenerate, new yorkers are viewed as traditionalists (status quo) by woke, commu-fascist red guardists.
Might as well call him a running dog imperialist.
Fish are unaware of water.
Leftists do not recognize the Left. There are only ‘centrists’ like them and far-right frothing hatemongers who deserve fire and damnation from all reasonable people…. like them.
Leftists are fish (their brain runs on 0.5% dissolved O2), while rightists are air breathing mammals whose brains are powered by the high-test 20% stuff.
Maher was the son of some management at WNBC radio in NYC, when Imus was on the station. Imus and McCord used to hook Maher up with page girls.
First, they came for the babies… fetal-babies. Then they came for the boys and girls who cannot by law offer informed consent to Levine… Mengele procedures.
The governing spectrum is from anarchist to totalitarian. The left-right nexus is leftist. Conservatism is a philosophy of moderation is centrist.
Look at how they are freaking over Mr. Rogers.
Of which Mr. Rogers are you referencing? The original or the one who moved left along with PBS to stay relevant?
Yesteryear’s liberal, is today’s conservative. #PrinciplesMatter
Compared to Cenk Uygur, Bill Maher is Adolf.
This is no different than the nervous breakdown by the Left over Musk making Twitter a two-way street.
In Leftist Paradise [or is it Hell?], all streets are strictly one-way.
Seems like Maher is joining African-American Elon Musk in being marooned on the Right as the FringeRadicalWoke Left insist the middle is somewhere left of Mao and Stalin.
Ya gotta love it when the left eats its own. Maher needs to wear the hammer and sickle logo and start reciting the woke catechism on-air or the chewing will continue. C’mon Billy, you can do it!
Leftist gaslighting. The bar hasn’t actually moved, they just want everyone to believe that is is somewhere else.
Any bee spending even one night outside the hive is a bear.
–HONEY HOUSE RULES
Bill Mahr is to the left what Niki Haley is to MAGA.
What a schmuck!
More like the desperation of an irrelevant propaganda outlet trying to make itself relevant.
I guess “right wing” means anybody who believes reality trumps theory.
Maher will be a welcome addition to CNN and has many views that confound the woke world
For some hilarious insight into “anti-smug”, watch the “Young Turks” coverage of the ’16 election.