Bill Maher Takes MSNBC And Rachel Maddow To Task

By: Daryl Nelson - February 23, 2014

MSNBC and talk show host Bill Maher have been on pretty good terms in the past, and for the most part the liberal cable network has stayed on his good side, unlike their competitors Fox News.

But now, Maher is criticizing MSNBC for its coverage of the Chris Christie scandal, “Bridgegate,” and he said the network is mustering up fake outrage, just like the folks at Fox News tend to do.

When MSNBC host Rachel Maddow appeared on Maher’s show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the 58 year old talk show host let her have it and said the coverage of “Bridgegate” is way over the top and unnecessary.

“He’s not the president,” he told her. “He’s not even a guy who ever, himself, said he was going to be running for president. He’s a New Jersey governor who did something bad. He closed lanes on a bridge; bad. But is it really that bad? If it was a Democratic governor not close to New York City, the media capital, would we be covering this?

Maher also said MSNBC is using “Bridgegate” in the exact same way that Fox News uses Benghazi, in terms of trying to get people riled up.

“This is your Benghazi,” he said. “Benghazi is nothing. There is no scandal there. This is an actual scandal. It’s just that it’s not Watergate.”

However, Maddow disagreed and said the main reason that MSNBC is talking about Christie so much is because he’s yet to reveal what really happened. Plus, it’s a major news story in a big state, she said, so it would be irresponsible for the network not to talk about what’s happening.

“When there are gonzo political corruption stories, you cover them,” she said. “The most interesting thing about the Christie one is that we still don’t know what happened. It’s still not resolved. We still don’t have an explanation.”

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  • Jose Montana

    Rachel Madcow even said she was proud of this foolishness. She truly is a clown.
    Thanks for the outing Bill! You are truly the most provocative of the political commenters!

  • GW

    Benghazi is not a scandal? I hate Bill Maher.

    • Joey Brenner

      No. It is not a scandal. Where was this outrage when our diplomatic posts were attacked from 2001-2008?

      • guest

        Can you provide an example of a post that was attacked from 2001-2008 where the president not only lied to the American people, but also sent out his national security advisor to lie on each and ever TV network?

        • drerasmusdoorjammer

          yes every one was swept under the rug like it didn’t exist so please stop the false outrage it makes you look anti American and foolish but then you are republican and anti American and foolish is your brand

        • mr fair

          would bush, cheney, and powell lying to get us in iraq count?

          • guest

            THat would not count as an example for Joey Brenner: He stated that: “Where was this outrage when our diplomatic posts were attacked from 2001-2008″.

        • Joey Brenner

          Guest, I do not deal in supposition. I deal in facts. Saying the President “lied” is supposition and not fact. Saying the National Security Advisor “lied” again is supposition. As much as I would like to make a claim that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell “lied” about WMD, “we will be viewed as liberators”, Iraq poses “an eminent threat” I can not make that assertion. There is no conclusive evidence of lying. If you can cite something, please let me know. Otherwise, try to stick to the facts. I know trying to equate the deaths of 4 people vs. the over 3,000 killed in towers is the ultimate goal, unfortunately it does not fly.

          • guest

            Now you are talking about the twin towers? You are all over the place. Twin towers, WOD, diplomatic outpost attacked, Bush, etc…. Al I am saying is that either Obama and his adinstration lied or it takes them months to figure out that an attack was not the result of a video…. If they did not know the cause of the attack, why did they blame it on a video? Why not simply say that we don’t have a clue why this happened? Amatuers!

          • Joey Brenner

            I don’t believe I am “all over the place.” I am simply making the comparison between the conservative “outrage” at how this attack could happen and the lack of the same outrage during the prior decade. I don’t need to call people liars, amateurs or murderers. I simply point out facts and differences.

      • GW

        The big deal is these people called for help and were denied for hours while the assault went on. The Bush attacks were the results of car bombs, suicide bombers and rpg’s. They were instant attacks, you really couldn’t defend against. If someone shoots a rocket at you no time to call for help. They didn’t call for help in these situations and were denied. They were denied help in Benghazi and we should be told why. They also blamed it on a stupid movie, not true they lied. Look it up and don’t believe everything Maher or MSM tells you, Please.

        • drerasmusdoorjammer

          yeah you could have defended against them but Bush was the coward in chief and you are a liar …typical right wing anti American response anything to defend that little coward Bush

          • Guest

            Who has run up the debt to a record high even though this country can’t afford it? Obama. Which President has had our credit rating downgraded? Obama. Which President had an Ambassador killed on his watch? Obama. Which President has the highest welfare roll in history? OBAMA. Which President has the highest number of unemployment and social security disability recipients on the dole? OBAMA. Which President expanded government and escalated the federal government debt? OBAMA. Which President continues to print FIAT MONEY and devalues the US dollar? OBAMA.
            What has Obama given the US besides Obamacare which knocked 6 Million people out of their insurance plan and many more to come when the business mandate takes effect. Oh, but wait, Obama doesn’t want it to go into effect until AFTER he is out of office. WHY? Because he knows that it is going to be a bigger disaster than what has already transpired.
            By the way, WHY is Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats giving waivers to their cronies for Obamacare? If it is so great, NO ONE needs a waiver.
            WHY is this Administration trying to put government monitors in News Rooms? That is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, but they are going to do it anyway. WHY?
            This is the US where EVERYONE can be heard, yet YOU and YOUR KING are trying to shut down the OPPOSITION’s VOICE. WHY????

          • mr fair

            Who left Obama the biggest shit pile any president ever had to deal with?

          • guest

            When you liberals are unable to defend Obama, you start talking about Bush. I love it!

          • guest

            Barney Frank and Bill Clinton did.

      • Guest

        Four men died, one of them was our Ambassador and there was NO Scandal? Seriously? The video that Obama tried to pass off as outrageous was nothing more than a very juvenile 10 minute video of moronic acting that was so bad you couldn’t even follow it (saw it Youtube, stupid video, very stupid!). Ambassador Stevens begs for more security a month beforehand, but he is turned by Hilary Clinton even though he had proof that he needed more help. 60 Minutes runs an expose on Benghazi but is coerced by the White House to retract it even though the main source is THE security director in Benghazi who knew what happened. He is silenced. You are telling me there is NO scandal? HOGWASH!!!
        And please provide the information for our diplomatic posts from 2001-2008. The media hated George W. Bush and would have happily jumped on the bandwagon to cover any impropriety during his tenure as President.
        PLEASE FURNISH THE FACTS, JOEY BRENNER. THANK YOU.

        • Joey Brenner

          I just wanted to be sure you saw below AngelQ. I don’t know if you noticed more people died in those attacks. I don’t know that the families of those victims would take comfort in your assertions that because an “Ambassador died” as if his life were more valuable than the “brave Americans” who died between 2001-2008.

          • AngelQ

            Don’t put words in my mouth, Joey. The truth is the truth and there is a cover up of Benghazi and everyone knows it. The rest of the world sees our government what it is and they laugh at us, the American citizen, because we are stupid, ignorant, complacent sheep that aren’t paying attention.

          • Joey Brenner

            I am not putting words in anyone’s mouth. The point I am making is not a single conservative has a word to say about the people who died in similar attacks in the last decade. Perhaps you can say why these 4 people seem to be more important to conservatives than the folks from the past decade. I believe we are still at war and we still have people in very dangerous places. Not everyone knows there is a cover up. Please let us know if there are facts not available to Congressional committees.

      • KDitty

        Bush never lied and tried to cover up any of the attacks with a fake youtube video lie and then tried to perpetrate that lie on the American public for 3 weeks.

        • Joey Brenner

          Stating that anyone “lied” is not a fact. Please stick to the facts. As much as I would like to follow others down the path of Bush, Cheney and Powell lied (WMD, “we will be greeted as liberators and Iraq poses “an eminent threat,” as a reasonable person, I can not make that claim. Neither can you.

    • regnaD kicN

      Shrub? Is that you???

      • GW

        Idiot

        • drerasmusdoorjammer

          Moron and anti American scum

    • SecularHumanist199

      What exactly is the scandal associated with the attack in Benghazi? It turns out that what the president and Susan Rice had to say about the attack immediately afterwards is totally consistent with what every security agency was saying at the time. It also turns out that the attack was at least in part fueled by the video. Nobody lied, there was no political motive or attempt to cover anything up. This has been investigated in such depth that Darryl Issa’s republican colleagues on his committee have all agreed that there is nothing more to learn.

      What Bill Maher said was totally accurate. Only in the Fox “News” echo chamber does anybody think that Benghazi was any sort of scandal. The same is true of the so-called IRS scandal. It turns out that they also used the terms progressive, occupy, and liberal as search terms when investigating 501(c)(4) organizations. They investigated just as many progressive organizations as conservative. There is NO scandal there, but that doesn’t stop the talking head on Fox “News” and the drug addict on the radio from claiming that there is one.

      • GW

        Bill Maher rarely states anything accurately unless you are a progressive liberal. At first they atrted to say it was a 9/11 anniversary attack and very shortly after it was a movie about the pedo Mohammed.

        • GW

          Started*

        • drerasmusdoorjammer

          You are liar and and typical right wing anti American scum so huit the eff up with your lies …fox new the Nazi propaganda station and you its chief nazi

        • Wesley Stinnett

          Maher is also a atheist!

          • ivanw2@aol.com

            Lot’s of us are, so what?

    • Bobby Wain

      January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

      June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

      October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

      February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

      May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

      July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

      December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

      March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

      September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

      January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

      March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

      July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

      September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had beenmarried for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

      • guest

        Which one of these did Bush try to cover up and blame on a you tube video?

  • dworkin

    Bill Maher is not worth listening to. Anyone who has as many personal axes to grind as Maher should always be taken with a grain of salt.

  • tom johnson

    benghazi is where people died. then our government said it was due to a video. yes, it is a terrible scandal.

    • SecularHumanist199

      Except the latest analysis of what happened determined that it WAS at least in part due to that video. Yes, it’s tragic that people died, but where was the outrage during the Bush administration when more than 50 embassies were attacked? There is NO scandal there. There is nothing new to learn about what happened in Benghazi. What needs to be done is to make sure that ambassadors try to avoid going to areas where they know that security is inadequate.

      • guest

        This was either a scandal or it was once again amatuer hour in the white house. I’ll never forget that fat man Candy Crowley sticking up for Obama when she was supposed to be a mediator. What a joke

        • jeff t

          Candy Crowley simply pointed out a fact ! Something that Mittens was unaware of because no one told him the truth and if you watch nothing but Fox you would not have seen the rose garden statement that the president made 2 days after the attack where he denounced the terrorist attack !

    • Bobby Wain

      13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News:

      January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

      June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

      October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

      February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

      May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

      July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

      December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

      March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

      September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

      January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

      March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

      July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

      September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had beenmarried for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

      • guest

        Which one of these did Bush and the white house try to cover up before a re-election? The entire point is that Obama lied to the american people about it during his re-election and NONE of the media said a word about it.

      • GW

        Which one of these consulates called and pleaded for more help and were denied? None is the answer. Because you keep cutting and pasting this does not change the facts that the President lied to us and continues to do so. Obama and Hillary had the manpower and the time to get those men help and denied them. They may have died anyway, but they could have at least tried instead of lying to us about it.

  • NeveraDemAgain

    Maher’s trying to lighten the load for Obama and Benghazi. 4 people died and the media’s lying about it. I can’t believe Bill Maher’s actually comparing Benghazi to Bridge gate. THAT’S PATHETIC, MAHER.

    • drerasmusdoorjammer

      Over 130 died under shrub 130 …oh that’s right 4 matter because it’s Obama the 130 you don’t effen care about..typical republican anti American scumbag

      • NeveraDemAgain

        I’m not a Republican. Bill Maher’s COMPARING Bridgegate, which killed nobody, to Benghazi, which killed 4. THERE IS NO COMPARISON.

  • jerryray

    Bill Maher is the Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson to come running to get in the lime light of 15 seconds of fame. A thorn in America’s side! USELESS!!!

  • Ryan Sebrasky

    Maddow is one of the best pundits on tv in terms of fairness and due diligence. Hannity is a joke and o’rielly is a close second. The only scandal you should focus on is why the republican led house of reps voted no 4 times in a row to increase embassy spending. Yet try to indict the state department because the security was inadequate??? Really scum all republicans are just scum at this point. Probably why you aren’t running anything anymore come 2014.

    • Pecos_Drifter

      You are more like a foxbot than you know……you just like the pablum being fed to you from msnbc….both fox and msnbc are lying, you just believe one of the lies, it why this country sucks now…..stupid people

      • drerasmusdoorjammer

        and dumbest MF is you …so effen stupid they are filming the next Star Trek film inside your head …..space the final frontier

    • TheChronicsmoka .

      “Media Bias: The press has given the “Bridgegate” scandal a mountain of attention, as it should, since it’s the case of a gross abuse of power. The same media, however, behaves as if Democrats’ scandals don’t exist.

      The story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff shutting down a bridge to create a traffic nightmare is a legitimate news item. We covered it in an editorial because it is an example of a government official using raw power for political purposes and hurting thousands of innocents in the process.

      We have also editorialized about the Obama scandal in which Internal Revenue Service officials tried to silence the Tea Party movement and minimize right-of-center groups’ influence on the 2012 elections.

      And that’s where the difference lies: The mainstream media that jumped all over Republican Christie have virtually ignored the Democrats’ IRS trouble.

      The Media Research Center, which keeps up with such things, reported Thursday that “in less than 24 hours, the three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service controversy.”

      MRC says that since the story broke Wednesday about Christie aides punishing a local mayor’s lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Yet since July 1, the networks have “managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.”

      This isn’t the first IRS scandal the media haven’t wanted to cover. There are many more. At the Independent Review Journal, Kyle Becker compiled “24 Underreported Democrat Scandals That Make News Media’s ‘Bridgegate Mania’ Look Like a Joke.”

      Included are Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, the media phone records story, NSA spying, Solyndra/green energy, Rep. Maxine Waters’ shady family banking ties, Obama’s association with Tony Rezko, Jon Corzine’s MF Global debacle and former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s tax evasion.

      The limitless hypocrisy of America’s media wouldn’t be an issue if it were harmless. But it’s not. Elections, and consequently public policy, are affected by the media’s hard-left slant. It’s going to be difficult for us to retain our heritage of liberty and principle as long as our press operates as a wing of the Democratic National Committee.”

      http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/011014-686049-bridgegate-is-big-story-while-democrat-troubles-arent-covered.htm

      • dave

        Were you NOT paying attention to the irs investigation done by others besides issa ?? NO repub organization lost its tax exempt status,NONE !!!! If you WERE paying attention to the truth,you’d have seen that others besides them WERE denied tax exemptions.

    • NeveraDemAgain

      FOX News told the American people that “everybody would not be able to keep their current doctors under Obama Care” and all you FOX haters did was accuse them of being racist. AND SO WHAT HAPPEN! PEOPLE LOST THEIR DOCTORS, not to mention sky rocketing premiums. and all you FOX news haters do is accuse them of “lying” and being “racists”. All Rachel Maddow did was cover for the president who lied about it.

  • FRANKOK

    … and no explanation about Benghazi – no assests sent during the 11-hour attack – a destroyer near by as well as SEALS in Italy. The worst commander-in-chif: O-BUM-mer

    • FRANKOK

      Chief – Chief of socialism in the USA

  • TheChronicsmoka .

    “Media Bias: The press has given the “Bridgegate” scandal a mountain of attention, as it should, since it’s the case of a gross abuse of power. The same media, however, behaves as if Democrats’ scandals don’t exist.

    The story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff shutting down a bridge to create a traffic nightmare is a legitimate news item. We covered it in an editorial because it is an example of a government official using raw power for political purposes and hurting thousands of innocents in the process.

    We have also editorialized about the Obama scandal in which Internal Revenue Service officials tried to silence the Tea Party movement and minimize right-of-center groups’ influence on the 2012 elections.

    And that’s where the difference lies: The mainstream media that jumped all over Republican Christie have virtually ignored the Democrats’ IRS trouble.

    The Media Research Center, which keeps up with such things, reported Thursday that “in less than 24 hours, the three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service controversy.”

    MRC says that since the story broke Wednesday about Christie aides punishing a local mayor’s lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Yet since July 1, the networks have “managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.”

    This isn’t the first IRS scandal the media haven’t wanted to cover. There are many more. At the Independent Review Journal, Kyle Becker compiled “24 Underreported Democrat Scandals That Make News Media’s ‘Bridgegate Mania’ Look Like a Joke.”

    Included are Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, the media phone records story, NSA spying, Solyndra/green energy, Rep. Maxine Waters’ shady family banking ties, Obama’s association with Tony Rezko, Jon Corzine’s MF Global debacle and former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s tax evasion.

    The limitless hypocrisy of America’s media wouldn’t be an issue if it were harmless. But it’s not. Elections, and consequently public policy, are affected by the media’s hard-left slant. It’s going to be difficult for us to retain our heritage of liberty and principle as long as our press operates as a wing of the Democratic National Committee.”

    Liberals are pathetic….

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/011014-686049-bridgegate-is-big-story-while-democrat-troubles-arent-covered.htm

    • dave

      If you believe your own b.s. i can’t help you.There is media bias,but if you believe ANYTHING you see and hear on faux news you’re beyond sanity and getting close to senility.

  • eve

    Mahr and Madow are a Joke

  • Sailorman

    Agree with Maher..this is a non story..who cares outside of political types in the bi-state are..maybe not many of those care either..

  • Wild_Bird

    As I have come to expect from Yahoo! “journalists,” they always slant Left.

    You Daryl Nelson, are a fraud. You are nothing more than a leftwing hack sycophant for the DemocRats. Nothing more.

    You Daryl Nelson are part of the leftwing lynchmob of phony “journalists.”

    Bill Maher engaged in historical revisionism by claiming that Mr. Christie had advance knowledge of the closing of bridge lanes in New Jersey.
    Daryl Nelson, if you were a serious journalist as opposed to the liberal hack that you clearly are, you would have stated the following:

    There is ZERO evidence that Governor Christie ordered, or had advance knowledge of, the closing of bridge lanes. Zero evidence.

  • rocketman4peace

    you people ALL need to get lives!!!??!!

  • sewardcamp

    maher is right on the christie matter as msnbc goes bonkers on a state matter and they will come up with zilch. it is funny and sad to see the stiffs kornacki comes up with on his small viewed show. rachel should get away from the mediocre boobs at that station, like for instance sharpton.

  • dcpost

    Benghazi is a scandal and Chris Christy’s staff is not a big deal. Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC is not real news. They are a total manipulation of the truth and a push for the left wing agenda. Obama will be impeached after the 2014 November elections for his executive orders, and other treason acts against the American people and the constitution.

  • rocketman4peace

    with all the serious issues we have in this country is this really a serious discussion or just a bunch of idiots on keyboards waiting to see responses to their diatribe?