Hitchens Give Finger to Maher's Audience

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    I wish I could have been there to see this:

    Hitchens Gives the Finger to Maher's Audience for 'Frivolous' Jeering of Bush
    Posted by Brent Baker on August 26, 2006 - 01:13.
    Writer/author Christopher Hitchens on Friday night gave the finger to the Los Angeles audience of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. As he laid out the case for how it's Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who wants World War Three, not George W. Bush, Hitchens cited how Ahmadinejad “says the Messiah is about to come back.” Maher quipped: "So does George Bush, by the way.” That caused a loud eruption of audience applause and cheering, which led Maher to clarify: “That's not facetious.” The crowd continued to applaud as Hitchens remarked, about those in attendance who had earlier cheered and laughed as Maher called Bush an “idiot” repeatedly: "That's not facetious. Your audience, which will clap at apparently anything, is frivolous.” Loud oohs and groans emanated from the audience, prompting Hitchens to give them the finger as he castigated them, “Fuck you, fuck you,” while the groans continued. (Transcript follows)

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    Joining Hitchens (Wikipedia profile, a list of his articles) on the panel, Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival, and former Democratic Senator Max Cleland.

    Transcript of the relevant portion of the discussion about Iran on the August 25 season premiere of the weekly HBO show aired live Friday nights at 11pm EDT/10pm CDT:


    Christopher Hitchens: “Who wants a Third Word War? The Iranian President says that one member state of the United Nations should be wiped physically from the map with all its people. He says the United States is a Satanic power. Members of his government, named members of his government have been caught sponsoring deaths squads. He's lied, he's lied to the European Union about his nuclear program-”

    Bill Maher: “But you know that a lot-”

    Hitchens: “He says the Messiah is about to come back. Who's looking for a war here?”

    Maher: “So does George Bush, by the way [audience applause]. That's not facetious [audience applause continues].”

    Hitchens: “That's not facetious. Your audience, which will clap at apparently anything, is frivolous. [oohs and groans from audience, Hitchens gives them the finger] Fuck you, fuck you. [groans continue]”

    Maher: “I was just saying what the President of Iran and the President of America have in common is that they both are a little too comfortable with the idea of the world coming to an end.”

    Hitchens: “Cheer yourself up like that. The President has said, quite a great contrast before the podium of the Senate, I think applauded by most present, in his State of the Union address, that we support the democratic movement of the Iranian people to be free of theocracy -- not that we will impose ourselves on them, but that if they fight for it we're on their side. That seems to be the right position to take, jeer all you like.”
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    I saw it. It was despicable. Conservatives have always held the moral high ground. That is changing with assholes like Hitchens and Ann Coulter.
     
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    Hitchens did the right thing. He stood up to the arrogrant Maher, who goes out of his way to smear Pres Bush and conservatives.

    Libs would prefer conservative to shut up, take the insults, and do nothing to counter the smear attacks
     
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    The "moral high ground" is only such in the eyes of the beholder.
     
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    It will be the last time anyone who supports Pres Bush will ever be invited on Maher's show.

    It is rare anyone ever fires back to him and his Bush hating buddies

    Hitchens was right - libs value their hate for Bush over the security of the US
     
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    If the Republicans ever held any moral highground, though I doubt any party ever held it, they lost that position when they compared a man who lost three limbs in Vietnam to Saddam Hussien simply because he wanted to ensure that the bill establishing the Department of Homeland Security carried out that mandate effectively.
     
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    You obviously don't watch this show very often. Maher almost always has a conservative on the show. Sometimes two. I can think of only one instance last season that he didn't have a consevative on his show. Also, Maher is one of the only liberals that I can think of that doesn'y "bash Bush." He disagrees with the President 99.9% of the time, but most of his "Bush bashing" is simply him telling jokes. Hell, he is a comedian.
     
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    Well, Hitchens is NOT a Conservative. Anyone who says he is doesn't know much about Christopher Hitchens. Just because he supports the Iraq War and other WOT, doesn't make him a Conservative.

    This shows how one sided most of the populace is. Hitchens, in terms of domestic policy and nearly every other issue, is very liberal. However, the Conservatives love him, and Liberals hate him, based completely on one issue. It's actually kind of pathetic if you ask me.
     
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    So basically, conservatives should act more like the liberals that you hate. If you respond to insults, then you validate them.
     
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    We train people how to treat us by what we allow them to say and do without consequences.

    Conservatives have allowed the "say anything" liberals to get away for far too long with talking smack. I'm not advocating lowering ourselves to their level and flipping them off on national television, however, I do believe we need to start being more vocal about our views. Just do it with more class and reason than we see from the liberals.
     

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