Bill Maher made another genius career move in insulting the Boston Police Department’s work in apprehending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I guess being on pay cable to an audience of only two hundred thousand viewers (per Nielson) is just too much to handle for this serial misogynist and general creep.
On friday Maher decried the massive show of force seen on Boston area streets during last week’s manhunt for the remaining marathon bombing suspect, declaring that the U.S. is turning into a “police state.”
Speaking on his HBO show “Real Time,” Maher flashed images of police officers riding down the street in assault vehicles during the search.
“This country is becoming a police state and it is very troubling to me,” Maher said, later adding, “The British police don’t even carry guns, let alone have tanks.”
MSNBC contributor Robert Traynham noted that the heavy police presence was far from typical. “What we saw was a federal response after a horrific bombing,” he said.
ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said, “We have cameras and our phones are being tracked and our cars are being tracked. We must want this, this must be something we want.”
Maher played eyewitness footage of the major police shootout in Watertown, Mass. just before 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev was taken alive.
“To me that’s out of hand,” he said. “I agree we shouldn’t have given this kid his Miranda rights because he probably had information. We wanted to take him alive…if you agree with that then what the cops did there was unprofessional. That’s called contagious fire.
Maher continued, “He has information and he was just lying in the boat, they knew that, they put that grenade up there. He wasn’t moving. It’s ridiculous. It’s out of control.”
As I wrote In my “Weird Kid” piece over at Pocket Full Of Liberty, it’s healthy and actually vital that conservatives break out of insular lifestyles of only consuming right wing conservative news, talk radio and blogs. However, watching the Bill Maher Friday night clown show isn’t approaching the culture, it’s like watching the monkeys at the zoo throw their own feces at each other.
The very “bubble” Maher contends all conservatives live in is ironically the environment Bill never leaves, albeit far left winged but and grossly lacking in accuracy as evidenced just three weeks ago by his Senate gerrymandering goof. When I wrote about “approaching the culture” I meant good music and good movies like “Argo” directed by people like Ben Afleck with whom I don’t agree with ideologically but respect his work. And if you want to take a Sun Tzu approach and peek into the mind of what the other side thinks network news programming will suffice as well as guests on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Bill Maher’s show is more like the bar scene in Star Wars where you never know what freak will show you’ll encounter and what he or she will say. But you may be like me and enjoy watching monkeys throw their own feces at each other, very low brow mind goo. If that’s the case, Real Time is definitely for you.