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Bill Maher defends Alex Jones, surprises his audience, guests

Bill Maher recently defended Alex Jones, the Info Wars host and conspiracy theorist, on a recent episode of his HBO program, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” In the clip, Maher’s panel is discussing free speech when Alex Jones’ name comes up.  Jones, as you may remember, has been kicked off several social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Spotify and the Apple Store.

Before going into his statement about Jones, Maher reiterates that Jones was recently kicked off those sites, much to the delight of his audience who begin cheering wildly. Also, former Democratic Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm can be heard saying “Thanks God.”

However, Maher states that while he doesn’t like Jones and that Jones has even said somethings against him, Jones still has the right to free speech and that “If you’re a liberal, you’re supposed to care about free speech.”

Check out the clip below:

Alex Jones Suspended from Twitter

 

Well that didn’t take long.

Just a few days after Twitter CEO  Jack Dorsey said Alex Jones hadn’t violated their terms of service and would not be suspending Alex Jones, they suspended him.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNBC, “I can confirm that a tweet was reported to us which contained a link to a video on Periscope. Upon review we determined it violated our rules and required the account to delete the tweet and video.”

Jones will be suspended for seven days and his account has  “limited functionality.” He won’t be able to Tweet or re-Tweet but can still use the account to read other people’s content.

Twitter Hasn’t Suspended Alex Jones and Here’s Why

Social media giants Facebook, Spotify, Apple and YouTube have all banned Alex Jones, the conspiracy therorist behind InfoWars, for hate speech. Facebook claims Jones repeatedly violated community standards and an Apple spokesperson told Buzzfeed, “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users.”

YouTube and Spotify also cite hate speech as their reason behind pulling the plug on Jones’ accounts.

However, Twitter has not followed suit and today caused outrage in the liberal community. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey explained why on his personal account today.

Dorsey will also reportedly be on Hannity’s radio show to discuss their decision.

This may come as a surprise to conservatives who have been accusing the Twitter platform of shadow banning their Tweets.

Comedian Samantha Bee Calls Ivanka Trump Words Not Fit to Print

Samantha Bee is one of the most vile comedians out there and has said some pretty eyebrow raising things on her TBS show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Now, in the wake of Rosanne’s racist tweet which led to ABC canceling her show, Bee is facing backlash from conservatives after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***”.

Here’s the full quote, which was pretty gross without the profanity.

“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said. “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***!”
“He listens to you,” she added. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

You can also watch the segment below, but be advised, there is some VERY strong language/content and you should definitely NOT listen to this at work.

According to CNN, TBS has not commented or returned messages left for representatives of their network.

So here we are, yet again. Someone from the left says something abhorrent against someone on the right and the network doesn’t seem to care. Rosanne was rightly fired for that tweet and it would also be right of TBS to pull the plug on Bee’s show. But they probably won’t.

Freedom of speech doesn’t come without consequences – sure you have a right to say (or tweet) whatever you want but if it’s vile and damaging to other people, companies or networks also have the right to fire you for it since you are a representation of their brand.

And as Ben Shapiro points out, this was scripted and planned.

Bee’s producer even seemed excited that the phrase was trending on Twitter.

Not sure what imagine TBS is going for but this isn’t a very good one to align themselves with.

 

NFL Will Fine Teams if Players Kneel During National Anthem

The National Football League has decided to put a stop to players kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement today saying that a new policy has been adapted and players who wish to kneel during the National Anthem will need to remain in the locker room. If they don’t comply, teams will be disciplined.

Read the official statement and new rules here.

More than likely this is just a business decision, as the NFL lost network viewership over the player protests at an alarming rate last year. Fans were critical of the lack of response from the league over what they viewed as an unpatriotic act.

As expected, some people aren’t happy with the decision, though.

If you’re a football fan who stopped watching because you felt kneeling during the National Anthem was unpatriotic, will you tune in when the season kicks off this fall? Or are you done with the NFL altogether?

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