The guilty party: serial traitor Bill Maher:
Lawmaker: Maher treads near treason
Comedian Bill Maher's mouth has landed him in hot water--again.
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) says Maher's comment on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" May 13, that the U.S. military has already recruited all the "low-lying fruit," is possibly treasonous and at least grounds to cancel the show.
"More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club," Maher said of the Army's low recruitment numbers for April. "We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies."
England was accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
"I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country."
In a statement released Monday, Maher defended his support for the U.S. armed forces.
"Anyone who knows anything about my views and has watched my show knows that I have nothing but the highest regard for the men and women serving this country around the world," he said in the statement.
Have you wingnuts ever heard the story of the boy who cried wolf?
I can't imagine that HBO would actually cancel his show due to right-wing pressure, but if it even looks like it's going to happen, we need to come to Maher's defense big time. Maher isn't perfect--his commentary is usually a bit hit-and-miss--but he has been a pretty relentless critic of Bush since 9/11/01. Plus, we simply can't afford to let the right have yet another 'scalp' to add to its collection; if this keeps happening, no one in the mainstream media is going to be willing to speak out against the GOP for fear of losing their job, and that would be a very bad thing indeed.