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After Delivering a Tidy Spanking, WeAreChangeLA Keeps the Heat on Bill Maher outside of CBS Studios

Last friday, a week and a half after the delivering a you tube response to Bill Maher's assertion that 9-11 truthers needed Paxil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoJJIYWMZlY), a small group of LA WeAreChangers brought the heat to Maher's place of work, CBS Studios. They held signs, handed out info to people coming in and made some interesting contacts along the way. It remains to be seen who will give out first in this war of wit and attrition. John Edwards is gonna be on the show this friday. Who knows, maybe he'll have done his building 7 homework by then and come out on live TV as a proponent of controlled demolition. Dubious huh? Anything could happen. I heard Cheney said pigs were flying down in Wyoming. And anyone could be in that audience.

Apologies for the cell phone video quality.

Looks like fun

Bill has painted himself into a corner . . . he could have been a hero . . . . still time Bill

Love the Effort.

Something as small as this effort in our movement, could easily be the key to breaking this story. You just never know what will be the last break in the dam or whatever the saying is. Let's keep up the pressure. Don't forget his shows message boards too at HBO.com. Peace.

Um, yall do realize that

Um, yall do realize that Maher's show is on HBO, not CBS....right....?
He left CBS yeeeeaaaarssss ago.
Unless there's some ownership over HBO from CBS that I'm not aware of...this kind of makes them look stupid - by extension reflecting poorly on the 9/11 truth movement.

Don't worry

We know what we're doing. We don't want to make the movement look stupid. Though he's on HBO, he still tapes at CBS. I've been in the studio audience there twice now. Both times yelling out, once successfully interrupting. You never know what might happen.
“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.” –Plato

"We must speak the truth about terror." --George W. Bush

Thanks

I appreciate the clarification about where he records. I didn't know it was still in connection with CBS studios.

No doubt

Are you in the LA area?

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.” –Plato

"We must speak the truth about terror." --George W. Bush

Thank you...

...for what you have done and are doing! Especially expressing disagreement in the audience. We need more people like you in the taping of Real Time and other shows in order to put arrogant sell-outs like Maher in their place. Can you imagine after another idiodic 9-11 comment a third of the audience booing him? Or better yet -- bursting into hysterical laughter. That would give him a pause!

It was really, really stupid of Maher to come so proactively to the defense of the official theory so late in the game when more and more people are actually beginning to talk about it's many faults. He could have just been quiet if he didn't want to deal with the issue, big pussy! I think this will be his downfall, because it makes him look like an obvious coward and sell-out.

Speaking of cowardess, wasn't that telling when, after your yell-out, he promised to come down and deal with you personally? Ha, what a joke! I don't see much strength in those narrow shoulders!

Bill picked the wrong battle

Thank you for your support. Don't worry, there's many more where I came from. And Bill will continue to hear from us. Maybe something good can come of all this. Watch on friday if you can.

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.” –Plato

"We must speak the truth about terror." --George W. Bush

The L.A. Area.

Anyone not in the L.A. area can keep forwarding this video around on blogs etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoJJIYWMZlY to raise awareness.

Also make your voice heard on the HBO Overtime and Message Boards for the remainder of the Bill Maher show season. www.hbo.com

This should provide the backup that Shumonik and the others will need and benefit from while in the L.A. area.

Here's my two cents

I can fully appreciate Maher not coming out -- certainly not coming out blatantly -- for 9/11 truth. He'd lose his show, lose his high-paying job. I can relate to that.

What's harder to get a handle on is why he goes out of his way to lash out at the 9/11 truth movement. He could, after all, just bypass the issue. (For example, if one's only source of current events information was The Charlie Rose Show, one -- so far as I'm aware -- would have no idea that such a thing as the 9/11 movement or the 9/11 false flag thesis even existed.)

But since Maher's show is taped live and as some of his guests tend to be loose cannons -- the show is supposed to humorous and spontaneous, after all -- it's much harder for him to be the complete gatekeeper than it is for Rose. (Also, Maher's audience is much bigger than Rose's, and much less Establishment.)

So, as a practical matter, Maher has two choices:

He could just leave 9/11 truth alone, perhaps rolling his eyes humorously a la David Letterman should a guest ever bring it up.

Or, he could attack and ridicule it.

For some unknown reason he's chosen the latter. This might reassure nervous network executives, but it probably hurts his ratings a tad. There's little if any net benefit to taking this course.

At this point Maher's motivation is highly speculative. A fool dares to tread there, I reckon.

But, however rashly, I offer my gut sense.

Maher, like more than a few media people, prides himself on being a brash and courageous spokesman for truth and against the power of elites. Of course it's generally untrue: Maher, loathe as he'd be to admit it, works for The Man, and every element of his show is heavily constrained by sponsors, network executives, the FCC etc. But it's an image he still promotes, and, like so many others in analogous positions, he believes his own hype and prides himself as this brave, brash guy with loads of integrity.

So here's this guy who delights in thinking of and presenting himself as the outspoken voice of truth and justice, and here comes this growing movement whose very existence implicitly exposes Maher's self-image as the ruse it really is. He can't openly sympathize with it or his national television career would be torpedoed. But if he sidesteps it, he knows he looks like an opportunistic twit.

So how does he save face under these circumstances?

He lashes out against the 9/11 truth movement.

And since there aren't any good substantive arguments against 9/11 truth -- certainly none easily mastered -- he brings humor, his specialty, into the equation and tries to portray truthers as crazies. In doing so, he gets his audience laughing and sounds as though he's brave enough to "speak out" on this controversial topic.

The next question might be: Is Maher conscious or unconscious of what he's doing and why he's doing it?

That I won't say. My speculation ends here.