Before I get into the actual "meat" of this story, I should probably offer a word of explanation as to why I am covering a Larry King broadcast that first aired ten days ago. The answer is very simple: I almost never watch television. Especially when said television is CNN. With the advent of the internet, whenever a talking-head show is scheduled to appear with a guest I'm actually interested in, I'll just either tune in on the web or (more often) snatch a transcript off the internet a couple hours after the fact.
This particular story slipped under my radar because the guest on the Larry King show in question was Bill Maher, piece of human filth extraordinaire, who generally has all the moral compass of your average member of the Khmer Rouge, as evidenced by statements like this from the very Larry King show in question:
I am more sympathetic on the abortion issue than I am on most right wing socially conservative issues, because you know, you don't have to be religious to be against abortion.
I do sort of understand what they're saying. If you've ever seen a sonogram, you know, you could see something that's emerging as a human being in there. And we are sort of reaching in and killing it. I'm just not against that.
That's pretty much standard fare for Maher, and not really all that shocking when you consider that Maher sold his soul to the devil for his brief stint on network television. We're still unsure what he pays his studio audience with, in order to get them to laugh at his completely humorless tripe, but suffice it to say that we've come to expect nothing less from HBO's "funniest" "serious" "political commentator."
What IS interesting about this interview was something that Larry King himself actually did. Which, not surprisingly, didn't make it into this transcript of the show and therefore eluded my notice. However, whilst driving home from Jack-in-the-Box tonight, with Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger in hand, the local FM talker was replaying an old Laura Ingraham show in which she played several audio clips of Maher's appearance on Larry King. (A video of the segement in question is avialable here to RealPass subscribers). In one of these clips, Ingraham captured this line from Maher (also available in the transcript:
So, at least he has a shot, I think. We don't know what he'd do if he had to rule on Roe versus Wade, but at least he has a shot, I think, at becoming the kind of justice that is not in the hip pocket of the right wing. Having said that, ladies, get your abortions now. If you need one, go now!
Again, standard fare for Maher. What is not standard fare for supposedly objective television is the fact that Larry King actually laughed in response to this excuse for a "joke"! I was (and am) utterly flabbergasted at this phenomenon, and I long ago thought that I was past the point of amazement at anything Larry King might presume to do.
What kind of contemptible person, in any occupation, would find a "joke" of this sort humorous? What's more, what supposedly objective news anchor would have such a stunning lapse of judgment as to laugh at a joke about women rushing out to get abortions before John Roberts gets confirmed?
This kind of unwarranted and calloused garbage is only funny to those who have such a low regard not only for human life, but also for anyone who does value human life, that they sneeringly view anyone of the pro-life position as such an embarrassing buffoon that their very existence is humorous. Maher here is like the kid in elementary school seeking a few cheap laughs by mimicking the kid with the cleft palate, and King is the buffoon egging him on with laughter.
This behavior is inexcusable for a news anchor, and is further evidence of why viewers continue to flock away from the contemptible liberal shills they find on CNN toward a venue where conservatism is, at the very least, given a fair shake at FoxNews. This particular show, however, represents a brand new low for even CNN, in my view, and should justifiably be met with a further thinning of their already decimated audience.