Campus progressives might freak out any time Shapiro is scheduled to speak, but those who actually sit and listen rather than protest hear anything but “far-right” trolling. So we’re wondering just what The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern was watching Friday night — it certainly wasn’t Shapiro’s appearance with Bill Maher.
Bill Maher once again gets played by a far-right troll https://t.co/16kFB7QI69
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 30, 2018
Stern reserves most of his disgust for Maher, whom he claims allows “these rank opportunists to exploit his HBO platform for personal gain, casting them as thought leaders instead of the Trump-era trolls that they are.”
In other words, Maher needs to stop booking people who think differently, like Bari Weiss and Colion Noir:
On Friday, Maher welcomed another delusive dimwit onto his Real Time program: Ben Shapiro, the former Breitbart editor whose preferred shtick is complaining about leftist “identity politics” and “victimhood”—even though the guy will not shut up about that time some teenagers protested his talk at Berkeley.
After some very light prodding by Maher, his guest conceded that he may someday vote for a Democrat if the Dems would “stop being insane” and “present a face that doesn’t look like people shouting down people at gas stations or entering restaurants and trying to throw them out”—a classic bit of intellectual dishonesty, striking a false balance between tepid protest (politely refusing to serve an administration official at a restaurant, some booing) and the systematic separation and imprisonment of brown immigrant children in order to gain political concessions.
OK, so how does any of that even put Shapiro in the ballpark of the “far right”? Seriously, dude, settle down or just change the channel if you can’t handle an adult discussion.
SO, the only guests and/or the only people you would like to hear are those that agree with you/your views?? Very open minded
— KevinIvey (@KevinPIvey) June 30, 2018
Yes, it’s called “no-platforming” and practiced daily on college campuses
— Actual Patriot (@carlofduty99) June 30, 2018
This is idiotic. Don’t you all see how foolish you look? He’s not a troll, he’s a relevant thinker and speaker. You’re actively participating in your fall into irrelevance with this garbage. People don’t buy it anymore.
— Chris Paul (@iamthearbiter) June 30, 2018
Ben is super sharp and always on point.
— Tim Smith (@tesmith2112) July 1, 2018
And The Daily Beast? Oh yeah, tons of credibility there.
Ben Shapiro isn't far right. That's a ridiculous assertion. Learn something about political theory and history. Be better at your job.
— Mark Collard (@profmarkcollard) June 30, 2018
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) June 30, 2018
Calling Shapiro a troll is the more nonsensical part.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) July 1, 2018
If Shapiro is far right, we are more desperately in need of conversations between people of different ideologies than we know.
— Alex Buchanan (@MitchMedic15) June 30, 2018
So, you guys are not Shapiro fans? Wasn’t really clear in the article
— News With Bud Dillahunty (@newswithbud) June 30, 2018
This is ridiculous. Maher is actually trying to present his audience with other points of view. Even if they don’t agree with those views, at least they are being exposed to what the other side thinks. Bill Maher wasn’t played.
— Kristen Harris (@kellenw1981) June 30, 2018
Congrats daily beast on an article that does nothing but exemplify @billmaher ‘s point about the safe space left’s collective whining, and how if you don’t agree 100% you’re shunned. Did you watch the rest of the show? Anything about fascism? Slow moving coup? Wake up, grow up.
— Zach Kruk (@zachkruk1) June 30, 2018
I watched the show live. No one got played, they had open dialogue and shared points of view. And in the end, we’re gracious to each other and actually AGREED on the last point made!
— Walking man (@cjbardi) June 30, 2018
Is it really trolling when you're basing your arguments and opinions off of proven fact? No wonder we don't trust you people….
— Hawkeye (@HawkEye0791) July 1, 2018
— Aaron (@lol_u_wut) July 1, 2018
Never read a DB article before. Didn’t realize they employed idiots to produce such incoherent content. Would love to see anyone at the DB last 2 minutes in a debate with Shapiro.
— ⭐️⭐️⭐️Birdman ‘66 (@unsafespaced) July 1, 2018
Troll…you wouldn't know a troll if it bit you on the butt. @benshapiro is a rational, informed and effective debater. He can't help it if @billmaher was so far out of his league that he looked the fool he is.
— Judith Lankau (@judith_lankau) July 1, 2018
Bill Maher got played by a man who was a bestseller before 20 and graduated Harvard Law – with honors. Maher isn't smart enough to play with @benshapiro whether you like Ben or not – but give Maher points for trying.
— Reacherfan Marmot??❌ (@umbalite) July 1, 2018
Wow! And you call this journalism?
I urge you to try and get a refund on your "journalism education".
— ❌Michael S❌ (@MichaelS1966ms) June 30, 2018
Whoever wrote this article should go into comedy as I could only laugh while reading it and picturing them typing away in a puddle of tears. Shapiro is a mainstream conservative. Oh no, your echo chamber was momentarily disturbed, how awful.
— GrajonTx (@grajoncreative) June 30, 2018
I'm reading the article.
And now I've got cancer.
Thanks daily beast.
— gallows laughter (@GallowsLaughter) June 30, 2018
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 27, 2018