Journalist Cancels Appearance on Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ After It Books Milo Yiannopoulos

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Journalist Jeremy Scahill said that he is backing out of a planned appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” after the show booked Milo Yiannopoulos as another guest.

Yiannopoulos is the Breitbart News editor who has drawn protests for his appearances on college campuses, most recently one that was canceled at Berkeley after it drew demonstrations that turned violent. His attacks on figures such as Leslie Jones led to him being banned from Twitter.

Scahill, in a statement he posted on Twitter, wrote that booking Yiannopoulos was “many bridges too far.”

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“He has many venues to spew his hateful diatribes,” Scahill wrote. “There is no value in ‘debating’ him. Appearing on Real Time will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda. Yiannopoulos’s appearance could also be used to incite violence against immigrants, transgender people, and others at a time when the Trump administration is already seeking to formalize a war against some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

He added that “Real Time” “has the right to book whomever it wants on its show, including Yiannopoulos. But I cannot participate in an event that will give a platform to such a person.”

Scahill has appeared on “Real Time” multiple times and has served as a correspondent for the show.

Also booked on the show are Larry Wilmore and Jack Kingston.

Scahill also wrote, “I passionately disagree with — and find offensive — some of Bill’s views.” He cited instances when Maher’s statements on Islam and Muslims “veer into vitriol.”

Update: Maher responded on Thursday evening.

“My comments on Islam have never veered into vitriol. Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of church and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.”

 

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  1. Andrew West says:

    Jeremy is a baby, afraid to confront. Silly “snowflake” boycott. I hope his career suffers from his “I’m not going to participate” stand. It’s childish. Adults engage in conversation, not hide or refuse to play. Grow up, pansy.

  2. Ghen says:

    With all due respect to Bill Maher, we didn’t loose because of Political Correctness. More people voted for Hill. So technically, we could have won won… if we were using the right poll booths.

    Too many of us are concentrated on the coasts, in small, densely populated blue enclaves, leaving the heartland, where most of the voting power of this nation is concentrated completely red. We must change this. To fight back, we must move back, we must move inward (not to Canada).

    Electoral college has cost us the opportunity to keep moving forward for the second time in less than a generation. We cannot get rid of it. But we can turn it to our advantage. We have to rig it back.

    The vote was not won by 3 million votes, but lost by less than 100,000. We have the numbers. Many of us have the money to make this happen. All we need is to pick a better place to fight – a better place to vote.

    Move to a swing state. Move to a red state where the population balance between red and blue is close. Move to a gerrymandered district and cast your vote against a settled demagogue in Congress. Move, live, work and vote.

    Do not give in to fear and apathy. It looks like the system is strong enough to withstand them for another 2-4 years. We have enough time. We can organize. We can buy real estate for ourselves or to rent it out to others. Silicon Alley – don’t think Palo Alto, think Arizona! NY – forget about the Hamptons and think Poconos! Illinois/Massachusetts – look into Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We can all contribute to keeping New Hampshire and flipping Ohio and at least one of the Carolinas.

    We can do this. Spread the word.

  3. DDB says:

    Because of his tendencies, we must assume he has an enlarged amygdala….

  4. DDB says:

    “He cited instances when Maher’s statements on Islam and Muslims “veer into vitriol.”

    While not familiar with the above statements, I can imagine what he had to say regarding ‘belief’… The ‘belief’ that your religion is Gods favorite is the cause of most of the lunacy that’s occurring not just in our political realm, but across the globe..

  5. Calmer says:

    Coward.

  6. Eric says:

    The problem with dealing with Milo is that you cant call him a homophobe, for obvious reasons, and you cant call him racist or a white supremacist, because his boyfriends are black. Then what do you have left to go against him with? He scares liberals because they cannot keep up with his logic and good sense. His flamboyant and vigorous style combined with his keen mind is too much for liberals to handle so they have to shut him down. Goes to show that the way you get liberals to go low is to put logic and reason in front of them. They have nothing else. Prediction: Friday night when BM (Bill Maher) gets himself into a corner and Milo is thrashing him, Bill will toss out a couple of cutesy non sequiters and red herrings in an attempt to get his groupthink audience to mindlessly cheer him on.

  7. Dave Haantz says:

    I agree with the Maher boy. Come on the show and defend yourself. Don’t be a victim from Trump to grab!
    David Haantz,
    Been watching the shoe from the beginning. So, why not have a intelligent fan on the show? I can handle myself!

    Thank You,
    Dave Haantz

  8. Mark Finch says:

    No one from the left wants to openly debate Milo Yiannopoulos in fear of being made to look like the intellectual weaklings that they are. Milo shreds liberals and their views with regularity. Jeremy Scahill knows this and he doesn’t want to openly debate Milo knowing he and his opinions would go into the heap of shredded liberal rhetoric Milo continues to add to. It’s a wise career move by Scahill no matter how spineless it exposes him to be.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Can’t debate the alternative facts of the right, but apparently Maher will try.

      • Frank says:

        I’m sorry to hear that Bill will give this Ass Hole any airtime. I don’t fuck with White Nationalist.. Or with neo-Nazis. And there is No reason to debate one. We know what they think it’s not new.. So why give this Queen a platform?? Oh, Wait they have a safe haven for his type shit.. It’s called Breitbart. Let’s these Fuckers.. Bannon, James O’Keefe, Spencer, Milo and other White supremacist stay in their own little cesspool where they belong. You will notice he’s afraid to walk around without a security detail.. Go on pal grab a soap box out on the street with that shit. See how long before someone takes your mic away. These are some weak little Nazis. You think they be pleased.. Instead of holocaust deniers.. Where’s the proud ones. Like we killed 6 million people bad asses Nazis… You don’t hear about them that much? Why they are cowards. Give them the respect they deserve. NONE!

    • David says:

      You live in a fantasy world

  9. inorganicmolecule says:

    Maher is an overt and well-known Islamophobe. For him to play the raw prawn about his behavior at this point is obscene.

    • Evil One says:

      Islamophobia is a nonsense term. Hitchens said it best when he said Islamophobia was a term coined by fascists and used by cowards to persuade morons. Which one are you/

  10. LincolnX says:

    This is like nitroglycerin. Improperly handled and it will explode in your face. Unfortunately, “debate” and “logic” are not effective against ignorance. Depriving them of air is the best tactic.

  11. Ken H says:

    Enjoy your 5 minutes, Mr. Scahill. You are nobody whose views are just as idiotic as the cretic whose appearance on Real Time supposedily upsets you. You won’t be missed.

  12. Susan says:

    Maher is a loser. He books white supremacist trash and expects decent people to “debate” them. Like how he “debates” Aryan Ann by laughing at everything she says and not refuting any of her lies. Glad to see that Scahill is not willing to degrade himself to be on Bill’s show.

  13. Triad says:

    Maher is wrong. Giving Milo any kind of exposure is to his benefit. There will be no debate, just publicity for his disgusting views.

    The way to extinguish a flame is to smother it, give it no oxygen. For Milo, that means no air time. No appearances at college. Why do you think he was banned from Twitter? He’s toxic. If he’s on, I won’t be watching and neither will a lot of liberals.

  14. Jinxi Richow says:

    No surprise that a vigorously rational, atheistic liberal, Maher, who has often exercised his right to free speech should invite a guest who, by his extremism, requires the ‘right to free speech’ in order to keep his Nazi butt from getting kicked.

    ‘Yianni’ has the right to his hate and Americans have the right to repudiate it.

  15. James Nemec says:

    Honestly, I can’t WAIT to see Maher eviscerate Milo. Maher is the one who will be debating Milo, not Scahill. Milo doesn’t have a chance…

    • Evil One says:

      You sure that’s how it’s going to go down? Have you watched Milo debate? Or have you just gone by media reports about him? Love him or loathe him he is no pushover.

  16. Jack Lemon says:

    Like most liberals, Scahill is a coward and intellectual feather weight. He wouldn’t stand a chance debating Milo. The only thing special snowflakes like Scahill can do is to try to no platform or silent the speech of their betters.

  17. I’d respect Jeremy Scahill more if he went on and punched that Fascist, Milo in the face.

    • Jack Lemon says:

      You are a pathetic simpleton. If it ever comes down to it, you and your comrades wouldn’t last a week in a battle against us. I can only dream it happens someday.

    • William T says:

      and I would have a shred of respect for you if you understood any bit of what you just wrote. Right now it is main-stream Leftist-Liberals (of which i am one of) who seem to be doing the punching and showing physical displays of suppressing others right to talk (aka REAL FASCISM).

      You should do yourself a favor and look in the mirror while looking over your shoulder – because one day, while you are calling out for punches to be thrown, someone might throw one at you for suppressing others right to talk – you Fascist.

  18. crusty_rusty says:

    Who is this Scahill person? Never heard of him, am I supposed to care that he refuses to appear with another person because he doesn’t like their politics?

  19. blOwen says:

    What a purse-snatching yellow-bellied hack. Talk about backing down from a fight.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      As Twain said, Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. Replace stupid with angry, fearful, ignorant, intolerant, radical, the right, etc.

  20. Tom Edwards says:

    Jeremy knows he is no match for Milo. Jeremy did the right thing by backing out. Just proves he is all talk…

  21. Steve says:

    I can respect both Scahill’s and Maher’s positions on this. I just hope that someone tears that preening little jackass Milo a new one.

  22. Calmer says:

    Good. More time for Milo.

  23. Quacker says:

    So what? Let Scahill sit his sorry ass down somewhere, he won’t be missed,…at all.

  24. Jo Mama says:

    Milo never attacked Leslie Jones. His followers did cross a line, all Milo did was rip Ghostbusters a new one. The left’s standards of “attack” are much different when they’re the subject. But look at comedy from the left for the last decade or 2 – ALL the stand-up, the Daily Shows, how much late night has changed – it’s an endless stream of “they’re so stupid and hateful” and “we’re so lovely and wonderful because we care.” Not about faith and family, mind you, but about sodomites and the rights of terrorists. You actually call the American prison system “slavery” while supporting Islamic culture of child brides and human trafficking. There are endless examples of how the REgressive left has lost all reason.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      America, land of the free with the largest prison population per capita in the world made and disproportianely impacting minorities, but of course you would have no problem with that. Oh, and let’s not forget the for-profit prison system. That’s not a conflict of interest.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Yeah, only the right cares about family. Got it. Good to know. Thanks for opening my eyes. And I have as much faith in the Flying Spaghetti Monster as anyone. Let me know when the right starts believing in science as much as Dinosaur Jesus.

    • Steve says:

      Yeah, that’s a big bowl of nonsense finished off with a generous sprinkle of bigotry. Remember that Milo is one of those “sodomites” that you probably believe will burn for eternity. (No, I’m not an atheist; it’s just that my God doesn’t torture people.)

      • Jack Lemon says:

        That is a lie. Leslie Jones has been far worse on Twitter than Milo ever was. She once even commanded her followers to attack someone. Milo never did anything like that. He made a joke about a supposed comedian who couldn’t take it and then cried, proving she is not only a lousy talent, but also a liar and a hypocrite.

  25. Alex says:

    Scahill chickened out, got it

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