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#1 Posted on 25.5.05 1543.46
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A congressman says comedian Bill Maher's joke about the U.S. military already recruiting all the "low-lying fruit" is possibly treasonous and at should be enough to cancel the show.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., took issue with remarks on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, aired May 13, in which Maher joked about the Army missing its recruiting goal by 42 percent in April.

"More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club," Maher said. "We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies."

"I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country."

In a statement Monday night, Maher defended his support for the American military.

"Anyone who knows anything about my views and has watched my show knows that I have nothing but the highest regard for the men and women serving this country around the world," Maher said in the statement.

Bachus said he was angered after watching a repeat of the show shortly after returning from a visit to Germany, in which he met with a paralyzed American soldier in the hospital.

"I don't want (Maher) prosecuted," Bachus said. "I want him off the air."

Numerous television stations pulled Maher's previous show, "Politically Incorrect," from the air in September 2001 after he said terrorists weren't cowards when they flew airplanes into the World Trade Center a week earlier.

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#2 Posted on 25.5.05 1602.50
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    Originally posted by LionJeetSingh
    Numerous television stations pulled Maher's previous show, "Politically Incorrect," from the air in September 2001 after he said terrorists weren't cowards when they flew airplanes into the World Trade Center a week earlier.

    Credit: Yahoo/AP


Good luck getting HBO to cave like that.
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#3 Posted on 25.5.05 1633.39
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"I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country."

One very easy-to-stretch definition. I'd be curious as to what the soldier he met thought of the comment. Assuming he was watching, of course.
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#4 Posted on 28.5.05 1409.15
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He doesn't want Maher prosecuted, he just wants to take away what he does for a living. What a guy!

I don't always agree with Maher's views but I think his opening stand-up and "New Rules" sgement on Real Time are hilarious. The middle part depends on who he can land as a guest.

If a person was somehow swayed from joining the military by a throwaway joke from Bill Maher than I don't think they were going to join anyways.
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#5 Posted on 28.5.05 1420.20
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    Originally posted by LionJeetSingh
    "I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country."


This ridiculous idea is no different than Ann Coulter's assinine assertion that ALL liberals should be tried and prosecuted for treason. I really don't think Maher has anything to worry about here.

And if by some small chance his show does get yanked, he could have a nice book deal waiting for him.
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#6 Posted on 28.5.05 1539.54
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    Originally posted by LionJeetSingh
    "I don't want (Maher) prosecuted," Bachus said. "I want him off the air."


Someone needs to tell Rep. Bachus it doesn't work this way. You can't just accuse someone of a crime and then pick and choose how to punish him. That'd be like convicting Michael Jackson of child molestation, then letting him go on the condition that he stops making albums.

If Bachus doesn't want Maher prosecuted for treason, there's no reason to bring it up. If he wants Maher's show cancelled, he should ask the public to complain to HBO.
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#7 Posted on 28.5.05 1720.11
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By the way, this looks like another hysterical and exaggerated thread title. This is, perhaps, becoming a pattern amongst threads started by Canadians (and Grimis of course). I will try to keep a closer watch.
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