Despite all the information that has come out about the September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Bill Maher still agrees with United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.
As hard as it might be to believe, the host of HBO's Real Time on Friday called the tragic event that left four Americans dead a "riot" possibly sparked by an anti-Muslim movie (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL MAHER: A lot of the argument is over why the riot happened. Was it because it was the anniversary of 9/11, or were they pissed off because remember at the time there was this movie that was made by some guy – I think he lived out here – it was called "Innocence of the Muslims” or anything.
GLENN GREENWALD, THE GUARDIAN: He’s in jail now.
MAHER: Okay, right, but anytime you burn a Koran or draw a cartoon of the Prophet or whatever there are riots. Isn't this the soft bigotry of low expectations? You know, the way we accept that. Of course, if you make a movie that insults the Prophet or says something bad about Allah, there’s going to be a riot. This is insane. We should not accept this.
What's amazing is that nobody - likely not even Susan Rice at this point! - is accepting that this was a riot sparked by an anti-Muslim video. That was debunked months ago.
Yet there was Bill Maher Friday night still making the administration's initial erroneous case.
This came despite the efforts of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald - a serious lefty, by the way - and National Review's Charles Cooke who both tried desperately to talk sense into Maher about this matter without any success.
As such, the host of a nationally televised political talk show - in the face of months of testimony and analysis of this attack - is still completely in the dark about the facts and ready to fight with anyone that disagrees with his totally misinformed view.
I guess when you give a million dollars to a victorious presidential candidate it clouds your judgement.