I pay for HBO for one show, Bill Maher’s Real Time. It’s appointment TV for me.
Maher is whip smart. He is quick with the acerbic quip, the remark that makes you recoil, a little snarky and not so cute. He’s also liberal with a capital L, small L, sideways L, and upside down L. He doesn’t pretend to be objective.
He’s not afraid to bring on opposing viewpoints, people who are smart, people who are willing to put themselves out there. With a panel of three people from all walks of life, his lively panel discussions often get a little raucous and a more than a little blue. Sailors would feel very comfortable at this table.
Last night, Maher had Bill O’Reilly as a guest, yes, that Bill O’Reilly. Determined not to be the lamb led to slaughter, O’Reilly stood up and made Maher look intolerant. While Maher was offering cynical comments, O’Reilly offered legitimate (I’m not kidding) comment on several topics. I was stunned at the effectiveness of O’Reilly and how small Maher looked.
I don’t know if this is how Maher intended this to look. In the past, there has always been room for other perspectives and intelligent discussion. He seems to have lost that ability.
I think he should relook at this show and see how he can get his “mojo” back. I felt like I was watching Keith Olbermann. He’s better than that.