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Bill Maher: We’re Not In ‘Dull Times’ for Our 20th Season

Maher spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.

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“Real Time with Bill Maher” is entering its 20th season on HBO, and the comedian/late-night host spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.

One of the aspects that Maher mentions that the show has changed since his first season hosting the program is the politics. He goes into specifics regarding how the two parties have altered from the first years George W. Bush to the present day. 

“Now, since about I don’t know 2015 or so there’s been a real sea change in what’s going on, on the left,” Maher said. “Now, I always will maintain that the right is the more dangerous faction in this country, especially since they don’t believe in elections — I mean, you have to keep that in perspective.”

“One side does not believe in the form of government we have. What do you do about people who are in the government who don’t believe in your form of government?”

Maher then transitioned to discussing how he sees the United States entering his 20th season and covering politics in this country. 

“Not a great place. It could’ve been worse if the election went the other way,” Maher said. “And I, again, per the prediction you were talking about, think the real day of reckoning is going to be between election day 2024 and Inauguration Day 2025, because that’s when the rubber really hits the road.”

Finally, Maher reflected on where he sees the show now that it’s running on two decades, saying that they’re not living in ‘dull times’ and reveals what some of the talking points will be for them this year. 

“I mean, I’ll say this, we don’t live in dull times. It’s frightening in many ways, sometimes depressing, but not uninteresting,” Maher said. “I feel like Covid is still the dominate issue of our lives right now, and it should not be anymore. And I think the big discussion on our show Friday night when we go on is that is should we continue with the Covid policies we’ve had in the past?”

“Or do we have to do a reset and just say this thing is never going away and we can’t always be living in a state of emergency? And of course, the other thing is, as we’ve been talking about also, Trump and what’s going to happen with our democracy.”

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Mehdi Hasan: ‘Liberal Media’ Downplayed New Italian Prime Minister’s ‘Ties to Fascism’

“How about in the year 2022 we stop playing down, minimizing, whitewashing people who literally say or do fascist things?”

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MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan took aim at the “quote unquote liberal media” for its lack of criticism of new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her ties to fascism.

The Mehdi Hasan Show host began Sunday’s show by defending a recent tweet discussing Meloni’s victory in Italy’s election, and the problematic nature of some of her comments.

He mentioned he expected Republicans to embrace the new Italian Prime Minister, saying they are “at best, to quote the President, semi-fascist themselves”.

Hasan continued by saying “what has been so depressing, is just how much of the quote unquote liberal media — the mainstream media — are giving her a pass or playing down her and her party’s fascist roots, focusing more on the fact that she is female, and less on the fact that she is a fascist. That has been deeply, deeply depressing to see.”

He concluded by equating headlines from The Washington Post and The New York Times, among others, to those surrounding the 2020 election that said Donald Trump wouldn’t participate in a coup attempt.

“Look, I have a humble suggestion for many of my colleagues in the quote unquote liberal media,” Hasan said while he ended his monologue. “How about in the year 2022 we stop playing down, minimizing, whitewashing people who literally say or do fascist things? People who want to overturn elections and ban Muslims. People who, as in the case of Italy’s next Prime Minister, spout great replacement theory, while running a political party that has a direct connection back to Benito Mussolini himself? Can we try doing that? Please?”

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Natalie Morales Joining CBS News

“It’s a privilege to contribute to the CBS News programs and I’m hoping to tell the stories that matter and to talk about issues many of us face,” said Morales.

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Former NBC News anchor Natalie Morales is joining CBS News as a correspondent.

Morales left NBC News in October of last year, joining The Talk on CBS with Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. She will continue on the show, in addition to her new duties.

Morales, who will begin with CBS News on November 1st, will contribute to 48 Hours, as well as CBS Sunday Morning, and CBS Mornings.

“It’s a privilege to contribute to the CBS News programs and I’m hoping to tell the stories that matter and to talk about issues many of us face,” said Morales. “48 Hours pioneered true crime television and I’m looking forward to working with the great team of producers and correspondents to bring the best stories to CBS viewers on Saturday nights.”

Morales spent 23 years at NBC, most notably working on Dateline and The Today Show.

“Natalie is one of the best in the business and a welcome addition to CBS News,” said President and co-head of CBS News and Stations Neeraj Khemlani. “She has excelled at the highest levels – from network morning shows to longform storytelling – and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our team. She will be doing stories for 48 Hours, CBS Mornings, CBS Sunday Morning and others. She knows how to get to the heart of a tough story with compassion and grace.”

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Greg Gutfeld Questions How Media Covers Acts of Violence

Gutfeld expressed outrage at the way some media outlets cover stories of random violence being carried out against innocent people.

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld expressed outrage at the way some media outlets cover stories of random violence being carried out against innocent people. 

During “The Five” on Friday, Gutfeld said that he believed the viewing public is becoming numb to stories in which innocent people are hurt. 

“These things are happening with such mundane patterns or activity that we’ve gotten used to it,” he said. “Also, the media is not interested in [covering] it. We are doing it, but I don’t think this is on MSNBC or CNN, but I don’t know that because I don’t watch them.” 

Gutfeld was referencing the story of a New York City Emergency Medical Service, Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, who was stabbed to death by a random stranger. Russo-Elling was heralded for her service during 9/11. She worked for the city for 25 years.  

“It seems like the mainstream media is too interested in racism, activism, and pronouns and then when they do their stories, they just go onto Twitter to see how clever they can be.” 

“This woman survived 9/11 but couldn’t survive a trip to the bodega,” he said. “The crazy person aspect is becoming this thing with every story.” 

Gutfeld added that elected officials care about stories like this when their job is up. 

“They don’t care about people in marginal populations like the drug addicted or homeless,” he added. “The people that are committing a lot of these crimes are complete cowards.”

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