Tosses 9-11 truthers out of audience on “Real Time with Bill Maher”
October 20, 2007
After HBO employee Bill Maher lent a hand in evicting a “rowdy protester” from his show on Friday, the Associated Press wasted no time characterizing him as a “security guard” for the effort. “Maher on Friday night helped security remove a rowdy protester from the studio during his weekly HBO show ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ and it was all captured on live television,” including the point made by the so-called protester. “Maher was talking science during one of his weekly panel discussions when a protester in his audience stood up, held up a smuggled-in sign reading ‘9/11 is a cover up fraud’ and shouted comments to the same effect.”
See a video of the incident:
“Crazy people who still think the government brought down the Twin Towers in a controlled explosion have to stop pretending that I’m the one who’s being naive,” Maher averred last month. “How big a lunatic do you have to be to watch two giant airliners packed with jet fuel slam into buildings on live TV, igniting a massive inferno that burned for two hours, and then think ‘Well, if you believe that was the cause…’ Stop asking me to raise this ridiculous topic on the show and start asking your doctor if Paxil is right for you.”
In other words, for Bill and his employer, the very topic of what really happened on September 11, 2001—or simply broaching the subject—is strictly verboten. For some time now the corporate media, as a dutiful handmaiden of government—that is to say, a government purchased by multinational corporations, including HBO’s “parent,” Time Warner—has repeatedly insisted that merely asking how it is an oxygen-starved kerosene fire weakens steel and initiates the collapse of two massive buildings makes one insane, never mind that buying into the absurd Grimm Brothers story that cave-dwelling terrorists ensconced in a medieval backwater were capable of suspending the laws of physics on that day is the very definition of insanity.
On Friday, Maher was so determined to please his employer and make amends for displeasing the government in the past—when he declared the imaginary 9/11 terrorists were not cowards—he rushed from the stage to make sure the protester was man-handled and quickly ushered from the studio. “When security reached the man’s aisle and the man resisted leaving, Maher ran into the seats and helped them push him out the door, shouting ‘Out! Out! Out!’” the Associated Press continues. “Several other protesters, sprinkled throughout the audience, then stood up and shouted… ‘This isn’t the Iowa Caucus, OK, we’re not here to debate,’ Maher shouted with most of his audience cheering him on. ‘This is the problem with live television.’”
Indeed, this is “the problem with live television” and it will continue to be a problem so long as corporate shills such as Bill Maher refuse to acknowledge legitimate questions and label the questioners as mental patients.
It is not so much Bill’s refusal to address the official 9/11 fairy tale—thus rendering him a de facto neocon supporter—but rather his obvious determination to go after those who question the official fish story. Bill Maher is not so much a comedian as an apologist and advocate for the criminal cabal guilty of launching the predetermined “catastrophic and catalyzing event” cynically used as an excuse to decimate what remains of our beleaguered Constitution and foment the “clash of civilizations,” otherwise known as the neocon-neolib global domestication project, determined to reduce the planet to a slave labor gulag based on the China Model, hailed by one-worlders as a miracle.
by Larry Simons
While I agree wholeheartedly with the above story by Kurt Nimmo, let me just add where I have issue. Is Bill Maher a de facto Neo-con supporter? I don’t find much evidence of this, as he wastes no opportunity slamming the Bush administration on his show or any guest appearance he makes on other talk shows.
Is Maher of corporate shill? Possibly, but you can argue EVERYONE in the mainstream media is a corporate shill at some level. You can argue that Keith Olbermann is a corporate shill as well. How many times have we seen Keith Olbermann feature 9-11 truthers on his show? I watch Keith all the time, and I can’t think of one. What needs to be understood here is that although we as 9-11 activists know and possess the truth, what we haven’t mastered yet is knowing what the best channels are to get the truth heard.
I have no problem with truthers being bold or even fanatical, but some of us have to realize there are times and places for our type of protest. Appearing in the audience of Bill Maher’s show probably isn’t one of those times or places. Am I saying never be bold? Never have guts? Am I even saying never infiltrate an event? No, of course not. What I’m saying is, we as protesters have to think of the best and worst possible outcomes of our protest.
If we are protesting the war or 9-11 or whatever the issue, and we know that could possibly lead to arrest, then so be it. Being arrested may be a good thing if it brings awareness to the issue we protest. War protesters generally aren’t viewed as “nuts” though. They are just people unhappy about something, hence they protest.
If we go to a closed or private event where there is an audience, such as Bill Maher’s show or some presidential speech, we already know what the outcome will be. We know it will end with us having our asses escorted out of the building. We probably would accomplish NOTHING but an entire audience thinking we are raving lunatics and they would not understand any part of our message. Since we know the outcomes of infiltrating private or closed events, one has to wonder if these protests are staged just to get attention or be a part of a media story, like the man tasered at the John Kerry speech last month.
One might say, “who cares if people think we’re nuts, we have the truth”. I don’t agree with this deduction ALL of the time. If I am on a street corner with other fellow protesters and the greater good will be getting this message out to people who can clearly hear that we really aren’t crazy people, because they are actually hearing what we’re saying, I’m all for it. If we stand up at a private or closed event and just shout things out, out of context of the message or discussion being delivered, the only thing accomplished will be getting thrown out of the place with people applauding that security is “getting the kooks out of there”. This hardly promotes our cause. It weakens it.
Of course, having said that, I also believe that Bill Maher launched this war on the 9-11 truth movement several weeks ago when he insulted them and said they need to take Paxil during his "New Rules" segment. So, Bill can't have it both ways here. He can't attack the 9-11 truthers and sit back and expect them not to respond back. I mean, after all, he chose to attack the truthers on his show, so it's only fitting the truthers fight back on Maher's show. I guess my problem is that we have to be better than people like Bill Maher.
There’s more to having the truth than just having the truth. It’s like having great wealth; you have to know how to channel it. Nimmo says in his article, “Indeed, this is ‘the problem with live television’ and it will continue to be a problem so long as corporate shills such as Bill Maher refuse to acknowledge legitimate questions and label the questioners as mental patients”. Maybe if we stop ACTING like mental patients, people like Maher will give us that same courtesy, and I say that "same courtesy" should come in the form of having truthers on his show for a debate.
Maher started the war with the truthers in his house. He should have this debate in his house too.