Real Time

By Jack Coleman | April 28, 2015 | 1:05 PM EDT

It is an alleged truth universally embraced on the left that only conservatives care about money. Little can be done to dissuade liberals from this core belief, not even the accumulation of vast wealth by liberals.

In the wake of damning revelations about the money-laundering scheme known as the Clinton Foundation, left-wing comic Bill Maher is adamantly unwilling to acknowledge that Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in general, are motivated by anything but belief in government.

By Matthew Balan | April 27, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT

Bill Maher returned to bashing the Catholic Church on Friday's Real Time, as he discussed the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. After noting how the United States (more specifically, President Obama) would not use the word "genocide" to describe the mass murders, Maher pointed out, "You know who said it's a genocide? The Pope. The Pope was like f--- yeah, it's a genocide! The Pope has huge balls. You got to admit that. You would too if you were 78, and never had sex."

By Jack Coleman | April 18, 2015 | 7:03 PM EDT

On his HBO show last night, comic Bill Maher made a dubious claim about the alleged lack of widespread reporting in the 1970s on global cooling, an assertion that even his core audience of confirmed stoners must have known was inaccurate.

Maher claimed that media accounts of the purported phenomenon were limited to a single story in a major news magazine for the entire decade -- which is true only if one ignores the scores of other stories across the spectrum of media during that period.

By Tim Graham | April 15, 2015 | 2:02 PM EDT

Bill Maher granted an interview with the Hollywood trade paper Variety, which mostly discussed his aversion to taping his HBO show Real Time instead of doing the show live – perhaps because that decision would mock the show’s title. But the jaw-dropping part came late in the article. Maher suggested the networks are “committing journalistic treason,” and Variety’s Brian Steinberg apparently failed to follow up.

By Jack Coleman | March 28, 2015 | 5:39 PM EDT

As a long-term strategy for defeating jihadists, Americans blaming George W. Bush ad infinitum is sure to be a winner -- for jihadists. It's right up there with American retreat from leadership in the world as high on their list of goals. And sure enough, former congressman Barney Frank heartily endorses both.

Frank was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher, brimming with his usual persnickety bluster. At one point he tangled with conservative columnist S.E. Cupp on the subject of the abrupt US military withdrawal from Yemen.

By Jack Coleman | March 23, 2015 | 8:09 PM EDT

In the lighter-than-air 1964 film comedy Send Me No Flowers, middle-aged hypochondriac George Kimball (Rock Hudson) mistakenly believes he has only months to live. Kimball decides to put his affairs in order and goes to a funeral home with his best friend,  Arnold Nash (Tony Randall), to buy a burial plot.

Do you have a large family, Kimball is asked by Mr. Akins, manager of the funeral home (played by an exuberant Paul Lynde). "Just my wife (Doris Day) and myself," Kimball responds. "Oh well, that's all right," Akins answers, briefly crestfallen. "Chance of any little additions, maybe?" he inquires, his manic energy returning.

By Jack Coleman | March 21, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT

Two victories this week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one seismic, the other minor though not insignificant. First, he won a solid re-election victory that affirmed his dire warning of the peril from a nuclear-armed Iran. Secondly, he persuaded an influential American liberal that his campaign warning that Israel's Arab citizens might swing the election against him was not a despicable, race-baiting tactic as alleged by other liberals.

Netanyahu may never learn of this second vote of approval from liberal comedian Bill Maher, but it remains worth savoring for conservatives here in the U.S.

By Melissa Mullins | March 18, 2015 | 6:44 AM EDT

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, held a discussion on Friday’s show about Republicans “trying to interfere” with Obama’s negotiations with Iran via an open letter.  Of course, Maher didn’t mention that there are 12 Democrats supporting a tough stance on Iran in addition to the 47 Republican senators that signed the letter.

Maher’s panelists were Arianna Huffington, Tom Rogan of National Review, and former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. But the toast of the studio was leftist actor Sean Penn, who Maher showered with praise for his international charity work. As always, Penn had some rather incendiary comments to say on matters that pertain to countries run by dictatorship or communist rule, charging those 47 Republicans who signed the letter of “criminal mutiny.”

By Jack Coleman | February 22, 2015 | 12:11 PM EST

Heck, who cares if the "neighbors" in question have a knife to your throat.

Bill Nye, foppish self-proclaimed Science Guy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday night and demonstrated why he ought to stick with his true vocation as a global-warming bedwetter.

By Randy Hall | February 7, 2015 | 5:10 PM EST

The host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher covered a wide range of topics on his Friday night program, ranging from declaring that the U.S. is not morally equivalent to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria to joking about NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams “not having a good week.”

Most of the discussion about war and its consequences took place during the “Overtime” segment of the show, which airs online after the regular hour-long program has gone off the air.

 

By Jack Coleman | January 24, 2015 | 10:15 PM EST

Those awkward silences from your audience, Bill Maher? That's them saying they aren't amused. You might want to pay more attention to what they're telling you.

First time it happened on Maher's HBO show last night came when he was speaking with The Atlantic's James Fallows about his cover story in the January-February issue, "Why Do the Best Soldiers in the World Keep Losing? The Tragic Decline of the American Military."

By Rich Noyes | December 24, 2014 | 11:01 AM EST

Last week, the Media Research Center announced the winners and top runners-up for “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” and NewsBusters is reviewing the list as a way to reflect on the worst media bias of the year. Today’s category: the Obama’s Orderlies Award for Championing ObamaCare.