February 20, 2003 | On Sept. 17, 2001, six days after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Bill Maher made this now-infamous remark: “We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building? Say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”
Those words ran afoul of Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. They also aggravated ABC and Disney, which insisted that Maher’s comment and some sponsors’ cancellations had nothing to do with his show’s eventual cancellation.
“Politically Incorrect,” which Maher created in 1993, won four Cable Ace Awards at Comedy Central; after it moved to ABC in ’97, it was nominated for several Emmy Awards. His newest book is “When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden.” His new show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” will debut on HBO at 11:30pm on Friday, Feb. 21.
Maher recently had the following conversation with Terrence McNally, host of the radio show, Free Forum.
November 19, 2002 | Mark Hertsgaard is the author of the highly acclaimed study of the media during the Reagan years, “On Bended Knee” and “Earth Odyssey; Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future.” On Sept. 11, 2001, Hertsgaard was traveling around the world asking people questions about America. Interviewer Terrence McNally recently spoke with him about his new book, “The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World.”