Color of Change has done a good job of moving sleazebag Andrew Breitbart out of the mainstream of acceptable discourse, but now Bill Maher’s having him on as a guest tonight and they’re asking people to register their opposition.
I like their work. This kind of thing is important, because the constant stream of crazy in our media is what makes the right-wing positions seem “reasonable” to so many people who aren’t really informed.
I’m sure Bill thinks this is a noble protection of Breitbart’s free speech; I don’t agree. There’s a big difference between featuring dissenting opinions (which doesn’t bother me in the least) and helping an amoral prick sell his fabricated PROPAGANDA. What else would you call someone whose “scoops” always feature later-debunked, deceptively edited video?
Can you make a quick phone call to Maher’s show? The script below makes it easy (or you can come up with your own).
(323) 575-7700 – Real Time with Bill Maher
Our suggested script:
Hi, I’m calling because I’m outraged that your show is hosting Andrew Breitbart. He has been exposed over and over again as a race-baiter and a liar, and now he’s trying to repair his reputation. Breitbart has been considered a fraud by most of the media since he smeared Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP using deceptively edited video. But in September, Bill Maher had him on the show and referred to him as a journalist and publisher. Bill Maher shouldn’t help sanitize Breitbart’s image. If he still plans to have Breitbart on tonight, he needs to make it very clear that Breitbart is someone who uses lies to stoke racial fear and conflict, for personal and political gain. Anything less would be irresponsible and shameful.
Once you’ve called, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.