"If it was the only thing that movie won, it was gonna win Best Picture," Limbaugh said of the film the day after the ceremony . "What the liberals didn't understand," Maher explained, "is that this not a comment on the validity of the movie -- and I don't like Rush Limbaugh either -- this is a comment on the predictability of Hollywood liberals who conflate a cause with performance."
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," "Weekly Standard" editor Bill Kristol hammered the Financial Times' Gillian Tett for suggesting the West must find a way to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to back out of the Ukraine gracefully to appease strong Russian nationalism...
After agreeing that President Barack Obama had failed to demonstrate consequences for aggression in Syria, a Morning Joe panel comprising host Joe Scarborough , Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol , and Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wondered whether forceful actions like the Iraq War had proved a better deterrent against foreign leaders like Vladimir Putin, or whether Putin was in fact taking advantage of America's post-Iraq exhaustion with war.
"The Huffington Post occasionally has celebrities take over our Twitter handle including Bill Maher during the State of the Union," she added. However today many are saying her apology was too little too late.
Maher had originally started the panel segment by arguing that the Tea Party movement started because of bailouts - and was wrong about bailouts. "Let me start with what I mentioned in the monologue - the fifth anniversary this week of the Tea Party," Maher said. Kristol responded to that point by noting that the Tea Party movement was also "upset at Bush for raising the debt."
During Friday's episode of his "Real Time with Bill Maher" show, the liberal comedian began by condemning the tea party's stance on government bailouts. Kristol reminded Maher that the bailouts happened in 2008 under the Bush administration and before the tea party was formed about a mortgage bill, and then went on to fight other government programs and policies, such as Obamacare. But Kristol said the tea party rebels against the establishment on both sides of the argument, and was angry with Bush as well.
Taking a giant leap out of character and taking advantage of his place on HBO, conservative guest Bill Kristol shot back, "That is total bullshit!". "Even you don't believe that," Kristol said to Maher, "you're just saying that."
"What is with this new trend of people who have all the power acting like they're the oppressed ones?" While the Jews "didn't do anything to deserve the hate they got," Maher said, the same can't be said for the richest men in America, especially as worker productivity has risen while wages remain stagnant.
Maher began by slamming the tea party for condemning the bailouts during his HBO program "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday. "It was not. It was about a mortgage bill. Then it was about Obamacare and then it was about the stimulus--" Kristol replied. Kristol argued that the tea party was upset with Bush as well and they were "rebelling against the Republican establishment as well as the Democratic establishment."
Following their blow up over the origins of the tea party , Bill Maher and Bill Kristol went at it even harder Friday night over the Pentagon's proposed spending cuts.
Sometimes even a blind hog finds an acorn, and an unlikely press critic proves this humble proposition. Mr. Maher rails at the decline of news literacy, of thoughtful consideration of "the news," and the Internet's mindless pursuit of sensation, most of it trivial, tedious and irrelevant to anyone with a life.