I am horrified to find that I agree with something that Bill Maher has said. It’s not a moment I could have possibly seen coming, but in a world as upside down as the one we currently live in, I guess it was just a matter of time. Recently on his HBO show, Maher took a few moments to comment about the current campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner and in the process to attack the media coverage of both men. (Both men are disgusting scumbags who are going through two very seedy sex scandals.)
“I’ve seen [Eliot Spitzer] have to go on to every show and have people point their finger. ‘How dare you?”
Maher doesn’t excuse the behavior of the two philandering New York politicos, but he does find fault with the media’s coverage of the situations.
First, with the local print reporting, he is astounded by the contempt poured out from local papers on these two when the papers seem to lap up the scandal every chance they get.
“The New York Times wrote in an editorial, ‘Mr. Spitzer, like Mr. Weiner, is a political animal’ — like, who in politics isn’t? Of course. Obama is a political animal. Everybody who is in politics — ‘who clearly finds it hard not to have an audience for these two charter members of the Kardashian Party.’ I looked up Kim Kardashian on the New York Times website. They mention her 1,700 times. Just saying, they’ve written her name in articles about her that many times.”
I am no fan of Maher or the two disgraced New York politicians, but there is a valid argument here. The mass media is hardly in a position to be a just arbiter of what behavior is scandalous and what behavior is normal and well adjusted. How often do we see the media chasing down the bloodiest, most gruesome and salacious stories they can find? Just a couple of months ago many of us were complaining about having to wade through coverage of the gross Jodi Arias trial while waiting to hear news of what was happening in Syria and Egypt. When the media begins judging bad behavior, the rest of us should seek to remember the source of our information and the financial benefit they have in reporting the most disgusting events they can find.
Maher’s most biting criticism is saved for a frequent foil of Republicans everywhere, Chris Matthews.
“He (Matthews) went on and on for a whole year about his book about John F. Kennedy. He loves Bill Clinton. Never stops kissing his ass. Those two guys did things way worse. I mean, Kennedy was so much more reckless. He was screwing the mafia mistress, East German spies, 19-year-old White House secretaries two at a time in the pool. Bill Clinton, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey — true, you know, sexual harassment.”
I have enjoyed hearing Matthews excoriate both Spitzer and especially Weiner about being untrustworthy and kind of gross. But Maher has a very good point here. Two of Matthews’ heroes, Bill Clinton and John Kennedy, both engaged in activity that was just as lewd and equally disgusting. However, Clinton and Kennedy did these things while occupying the White House, which arguably makes things even worse.
It’s nice to see Maher calling out his fellow leftists for once. And you know what? He has a couple of really good points here. But, Spitzer and Weiner are still gross, horrible excuses for human beings.