The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill announced he will forego appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday because so-called alt-right leader and controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos will be there.
Scahill has been a regular guest on Bill Maher’s highly rated political satire show and explained his upcoming absence in a lengthy message on Twitter:
"Appearing on 'Real Time' will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda. Yiannopoulos’s appearance could also be used to incite violence against immigrants, transgender people, and others at a time when the Trump administration is already seeking to formalize a war against some of the most vulnerable people in our society."
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Maher and HBO are however sticking to Yiannopoulos’s booking and have replaced Scahill with retired intelligence officer Malcolm Nance. Maher has been a longtime and fierce critic of Donald Trump – who Yiannopoulos calls his “Daddy” – but continues to insist he would gladly have Trump on “Real Time.”
“Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech,” wrote Maher in a statement, reported by Entertainment Weekly. “If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims, and he might be, nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.”