Friday, September 2, 2011
After 5 days, I've finally managed to make my way through New York Magazine's double issue commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The fact that I was so engaged and moved by the "Encyclopedia of 9/11" entries may be further proof that Irony is in fact dead. Despite the exhaustive nature of the list, I was inspired to add one more entry that I think was unfortunately left out.
Maher, Bill On September 17th, 2001 Politically Incorrect returned to the airwaves and host Bill Maher did not shy away from engaging his panel on the politics of the tragic events from six days earlier. Maher wholeheartedly agreed with panelist Dinesh D'Souza, who refuted President Bush's statement that the 9/11 hijackers were "cowards." In Maher's own words, "We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly." Many believe that these statements in a time of ultra-Patriotism and deference to Bush led directly to ABC canceling Politically Incorrect. This paved the way for Bill Maher's resurgence as the host of HBO's Real Time and his progressively stronger anti-religion views, both on that show and in his documentary Religulous . Because of his statements on that show back in 2001, the 9/11 "Truther" conspiracy theorists tried to adopt Maher as their spokesperson, but he never bit, practically chasing a protester who interrupted a Real Time episode in 2007 from the studio.You can watch the clips from Politically Incorrect and Real Time below.