Bill Maher: ‘Liberals Are Just Sometimes Useless Obama Hacks’

For a few brief seconds on Friday night, Bill Maher made sense. Maher, who could be described as a “useless Obama hack” – after all, he’s a big donor to Obama and a constant defender of him who chalks up any and all criticism of Obama to racism – condemned liberals, on one subject at least, as “useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.”

What prompted this brief trip into reality? A report on how the NSA intercepted and stored “useless” online conversations that were “intimate” and “voyeuristic.” Maher asserted: “I just want to say, if this was happening under Bush, liberals would be apoplectic.”

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He continued: “I’m sorry, but liberals are just sometimes useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.”

Just sometimes?

Maher made his point to panelists U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.); conservative columnist Reihan Salam and liberal author/journalist Ron Suskind.

From the Friday, July 11 Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO produced once a week from the CBS studios in Los Angeles:

There was a study done this week, found out that online conversations that were intercepted and stored by the NSA, nine out of ten were not from foreigners – they’re from ordinary citizens. And I want to read this: “Many files,” it says, “described as useless by the analysts, but had a startingly intimate even voyeuristic quality. Stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental health crises and disappointed hopes.” Move over Taxicab Confessions, we have a new -- this is exactly what they said they weren’t going to do. Just be nosey and look into the lives of private people for their own shits and giggles.

And I just want to say, if this was happening under Bush, liberals would be apoplectic. I’m sorry, but liberals are just sometimes useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.

Edwards then insisted she is apoplectic and the conversation never returned to Maher’s point about liberals.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center