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Phony Reaction to Maher’s Bigotry

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way critics are reacting to Bill Maher’s “N-word” remark:

Bill Maher has apologized for using a racial slur on his Friday night HBO show, and all of a sudden TV critics are trotting out his previous “controversial” remarks. Not one cited his filthy remarks about popes, priests, and the sacraments, though we have listed over 60 such examples.

The problem goes way beyond Maher: it’s the phonies in the media who are horrified by some expressions of bigotry, but are perfectly fine with his anti-Catholic material.

Here’s an example of the headlines on Maher’s apology:

  • “Don’t Be Shocked, Bill Maher Has a History of Bigoted Comments” (Huffington Post)
  • “Five Times Bill Maher Said Something Controversial” (
  • “Bill Maher Is No Stranger to Controversial Statements” (New York Daily News)

Here’s what upsets these critics: anti-black remarks; anti-Muslim remarks; making light of 9/11; making fun of Hillary Clinton; “legitimizing” Ann Coulter; “normalizing” Milo Yiannopoulus; using the word “retarded”; defending statutory rape; stereotyping St. Patrick’s Day; and implying that P

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