Friday night on HBO, comedian and progressive political commentator Bill Maher called on the media to treat Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s false statements with the same ferocity as it treated now-suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams for inaccurate claims about his war reporting.
Maher called O’Reilly a “blatant bald-assed liar. … These are out and out lies.”
Bill Maher and panelists Bret Stephens, Nia-Malika Henderson, Bill Burr and former Gov. Howard Dean discuss the controversy surrounding Clint Eastwood’s film, American Sniper, and its hero, Chris Kyle.
Maher referred to sniper Chris Kyle as a “psychopath patriot.”
Right-wing news such as Fox News predictably denounced Maher’s comment. However, in the past, Fox News has agreed with Maher on the topic of Muslims.
Fox News / Newsbusters : “Having misled those who’ve yet to see American Sniper with what it actually depicts…Maher took refuge in the familiar haven of absurdity – ”
However, in the past, the right-wing news outlets have agreed with Maher. In October, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly took Bill Maher’s side in the HBO host’s argument over Islam with actor Ben Affleck.
“Mr. Maher is correct on the overall effect Islam is having on the world right now,” O’Reilly said. “The truth is militant Islam continues to drive worldwide terrorism and have plenty of sanctuaries from which to commit their evil.”
Is there hypocrisy in the right-wing media’s reactions to Maher?