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Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh against critical ‘fatwa’
THE HILL, Twitter Room ^ | March 8, 2012 | By Alicia M. Cohn

Posted on 03/08/2012 3:22:38 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

Liberal talk show host Bill Maher this week defended conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh from critics he suggested were promoting a “fatwa,” or ideological judgment, by attempting to intimidate him off the air.

"Chris Matthews got it right talking about me today: of course what #RushLimbaugh said was vile but I don't like fatwas! Ur beating a dead pig — Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 8, 2012"

and. . .

"Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout — Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 7, 2012"

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


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1 posted on 03/08/2012 3:22:41 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Obviously self-serving on Maher’s part since he said things far worse than Rush.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 3:24:20 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The friend of my enemy is my friend... er enemy.. or something like that.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 3:25:40 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Maher is only doing this because the heat has been on him to apologize to Sarah Palin for the disgusting things he has said about her..he will NEVER apologize to her, so instead he is half ass standing up for Rush..he’d rather defend Rush then ever apologize to a Conservative woman


4 posted on 03/08/2012 3:26:36 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Oh this is rich. NOW he wants to cover his ass?


5 posted on 03/08/2012 3:28:09 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Just like in chess, if you can take your opponent's Queen by sacrificing a less powerful piece of your own, you do it.

The left would gladly sell out Maher if it meant taking down Limbaugh, and Maher knows it.

Hence, the defense.

6 posted on 03/08/2012 3:30:20 PM PST by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Boycotts are the purest form of free speech.
Rush and Maher are both big boys (or pretend to be).

Say what you want but don’t cry like little toddlers when you don’t like the outcome.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 3:30:26 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne
Boycotts are the purest form of free speech.

Even when they are organized and financed by those with ulterior, communist motives?

8 posted on 03/08/2012 3:39:20 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Maher is only doing this because the heat has been on him to apologize to Sarah Palin for the disgusting things he has said about her..he will NEVER apologize to her, so instead he is half ass standing up for Rush..he’d rather defend Rush then ever apologize to a Conservative woman

True, but if Maher has any sense at all he should know that once Rush is silenced and precedent is set , who's to say we won't get a government hostile to Mahar and he won't be silenced. What most of these leftists don't get that the 1st amendment protects unpopular speech, since popular speech needs no protection. This is why conservatives don't go in for the leftist tactic of silencing the opposition.

9 posted on 03/08/2012 3:43:45 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This way, next time he offends someone, he can apologize and say, “hey I supported Rush’s apology.”


10 posted on 03/08/2012 3:45:29 PM PST by RetiredArmy (God is watching America. He is judging America. He does not like what He is seeing.)
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To: YankeeReb

Maher knows he can continue spewing his disgusting comments because he only answers to HBO..HBO is a leftist network, so he knows that he is safe. What is the worst that can happen to HBO, a bunch of people stop subscribing to their network, but they still have the leftists who will continue paying for HBO so they know they have nothing to worry about. I have Time Warner Cable(Trust me I want to get rid of them but I dont have many options for Internet here so that is why we stick with them) they offered us HBO for free for a year, we refused, wouldn’t watch that garbage no matter what


11 posted on 03/08/2012 3:48:03 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Bill Maher is a queynte.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 3:52:22 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I have Time Warner Cable(Trust me I want to get rid of them but I dont have many options for Internet here so that is why we stick with them)

There are always satellite services (WildBlue, Hughes, etc). And even Dish and DirectTV offer Internet services although not as effective as those strictly Internet.

13 posted on 03/08/2012 3:53:32 PM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: ProudFossil

Right now our bill is 120 bucks a month(I know, total rip off for what we get!) have 1 DVR HD box and 1 HD box, plus internet..comes out to 89.99 plus the cost of the boxes and the tiers(Sports tiers, etc, you have to pay extra to watch certain channels like Lifetime Movie Network, a channel my Mom watches), we were getting showtime for free(Even though we never watched it) but once they jacked up the price to 15 dollars we got rid of it. If we were to switch to Dish Network or Directv, the internet would become 50 bucks a month since we would no longer be in the package bundle, that is how they get you


14 posted on 03/08/2012 3:56:53 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Free speech is free speech ... even if you don’t agree with it.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 4:01:27 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: YankeeReb

I lot of rightists don’t understand free speech either.

I don’t agree with your across the board declaration that that conservatives don’t go in for silencing the opposition. Many do.

Situational ethics is rampant on both sides.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 4:04:26 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The big difference between the two is that Rush called Sandra Fluke a slut to be funny and ironic.

Maher called Palin a c*nt to be hateful.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 4:04:35 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Washi
The left would gladly sell out Maher if it meant taking down Limbaugh, and Maher knows it.

At least this Mongo knows he's pawn in game of life...

18 posted on 03/08/2012 4:20:46 PM PST by null and void (Day 1143 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Lorianne
Free speech is free speech ... even if you don’t agree with it.

I'm not disagreeing, I'm just asking if it is really free speech when it is not "free" and paid for speech.....speech that is promoted with commie money.

IOW, juxtapose the Tea Party vs paid zealots who are not spontaneous but rather paid to agitate.

IOW, would they be speaking if not for the money?

IMO, that is not free speech, it is purchased, fraudulent speech.

19 posted on 03/08/2012 4:35:54 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

The same case could be made against the tea party and many other organizations.

The same argument is being made in oppoisition to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

You enter believe in freedom of speech or you don’t. It’s an absolutists issue.

Just because someone has more money to get a louder megaphone doesn’t mean it isn’t free speech.


20 posted on 03/08/2012 5:55:00 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne
Just because someone has more money to get a louder megaphone doesn’t mean it isn’t free speech.

Wow, you completely missed the point.

The same case could be made against the tea party and many other organizations.

Yeesh, I went to two major TP's here in Nevada, didn't get a cent, nor was I summoned let alone organized...are you serious?

Do you understand the difference between real Patriots speaking up vs nancy pissonAmerica mallet waving AstroTurf Pukelosi?

Please tell me which one YOU think is legitimate, Authentic FREE speech.

21 posted on 03/08/2012 6:16:21 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Lorianne
Oy, I guess the real point I am trying to make is that free speech can be manufactured, or it can be sincere.

Our speech is sincere as in the TP, theirs is manufactured.

You cannot argue that, it's the truth.

22 posted on 03/08/2012 6:21:52 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Free speech is free speech. Mixing in personal conjecture about who is sincere and who is not is totally irrelevant.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 6:32:43 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Free speech is free speech whether you agree with it or not, whether you think it is authentic or not, whether you think it’s true or not, etc.

I’ve been to TP events on my own volition too. What’s your point?

You either believe in free speech or you don’t.
There is no gray area.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 6:35:21 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

boy, you sure sounded like a smart woman with those words...

No kindly explain what those words have to do with anything that happened...


25 posted on 03/08/2012 6:38:57 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: Lorianne
Mixing in personal conjecture about who is sincere and who is not is totally irrelevant.

No it is not.

People who argue for a communist agenda and who are paid are as relevant as your opinion which I assume is based on historical and heartfelt beliefs?

26 posted on 03/08/2012 6:45:19 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Lorianne
I’ve been to TP events on my own volition too. What’s your point?

Firmly held, voluntary actions vs paid for astroturf, Soros paid or commie promoted bs qualifies for you as Free speech?

Yes Lorianne, it is free speech, but which one is real? Good Lord Lorianne, what is so hard about that to grasp?

27 posted on 03/08/2012 6:51:48 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Lorianne
I lot of rightists don’t understand free speech either.

I don’t agree with your across the board declaration that that conservatives don’t go in for silencing the opposition. Many do.

Situational ethics is rampant on both sides.

Yes, maybe I did make too broad a statement there. What I've noticed is you don't get the massive organized campaigns to silence personalities from the conservative side. If you do they're usually small and localized. For example, I never recall a mass attempt to shut down Air America through boycott, even though some of the hosts said pretty offensive things. Conservatives by and large took the attitude that their lack of ratings would do them in, and they were proven right.

Situational ethics cuts both ways, but you must admit on one side more than the other.

28 posted on 03/08/2012 7:08:42 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Once you go down the road of qualifying what is free speech and what isn’t free speech, soon there won’t be free speech anymore ... for anyone.

Be careful.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 7:16:11 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

Rush’s looking pretty good to date. Came through this with new sponsors, two came begging back, and he smote one of them.

Love the reveal that he told Government Motors to sod off.

Did you read the story about Ford’s chiefs getting massive bonuses compared to Government Motors and Chisler?

“Bonuses are what well run, for profit companies can afford.”


30 posted on 03/08/2012 7:18:47 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: sit-rep

Maher is whining about boycotts being ‘intimidation’.

They are no such thing. It is free speech.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 7:19:17 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: RinaseaofDs

That’s what it’s all about.
He lost some, he gains some.

Free speech all the way!


32 posted on 03/08/2012 7:24:50 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

sure it is. Bill maher may be gettin his boxers in a bunch, he’s leftist. Rush doesn’t give a rat’s rear end...

That’s why I was confused. I dont recall Rush belly aching about it...

Peace...


33 posted on 03/08/2012 7:41:37 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: Lorianne
Once you go down the road of qualifying what is free speech and what isn’t free speech, soon there won’t be free speech anymore ... for anyone.

My FRiend, and I say that with due respect, I am not trying to qualify what is Free speech.

Last I read, only Congress is prohibited from making laws. as well as the States via the 10th from doing so.

I simply asked you if you thought bought speech was the same as free independent speech, that's all.

That said, I wish you a good night, sleep tight and hope to see you again soon ;)

34 posted on 03/08/2012 7:43:19 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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