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Bill Maher takes credit for Milo’s downfall

Milo Yiannopoulos went on Real Time with Bill Maher and found more in common than anyone would have expected. (Photo via HBO)

Milo Yiannopoulos went on Real Time with Bill Maher and found more in common than anyone would have expected. (Photo via HBO)

After inviting conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos onto his HBO show “Real Time,” Bill Maher is trying to have his cake and eat it too.

Maher has been under attack by the left for his “chummy” conversation with Milo on the February 17th episode of “Real Time.” Now, Maher is claiming in the New York Times that he meant to “expose” Milo the whole time:

We had Milo on, despite the fact that many people said, “Oh, how dare you give a platform to this man.” What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.
When pressed by the New York Times as to whether he thought Milo’s appearance on “Real Time” helped lead to his downfall, Maher replied, “That’s what I was just saying.”

Maher has plenty of reason to worry about the left’s reaction to his show. Maher’s show has already been boycotted by one journalist, Jeremy Scahill, who said that hosting Milo was “many bridges too far” for him. Maher has much to lose by alienating his own base by catering too much to conservative guests, which may have motivated these remarks.

But Maher’s claims may also be too many bridges- the remarks that have gotten Milo such negative attention were actually attributed to reporting work originally done by The Reagan Batallion, a conservative anti-Trump news source that released a video of Milo appearing to defend pedophilia. The group also seems to refute Maher’s claims, linking to a video where Maher defends a similar situation to what Milo described:

The clip links to the story of Mary Kay Latourneau, a schoolteacher charged with the statutory rape of a 12-year old boy. Maher is at odds with the rest of his panel, asking “How can a woman rape a man?”

So while Maher may think of himself as a great defender of leftist values for his “exposure” of Milo, he may find himself being the one exposed.

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