CBS censors Bill Maher

In the video clip to the right, Bill Maher discusses what happened when he was invited to speak on a new CBS Evening News segment called 'Free Speech.' As it turned out, according to Maher, his comments on religion don't fall under their view of free speech.

Bill Maher: "Well, I asked if I could talk about religion, and that was a deal-breaker right from the beginning…. They said, 'We'll send over a list of acceptable topics,' for our segment on free speech."
However, Rome Hartman, executive producer of CBS Evening News, denies that this ever happened:
"Bill Maher was never told that he couldn't discuss religion in a 'Free Speech' segment. In fact, 'Free Speech' has already addressed religion and we expect others will in the future."
We'll have to see how this one plays out. As an interesting side note, the 'Free Speech' segment has thus far been dominated by rightwing views.

Media Matters reports:
"As Media Matters for America has documented, the first nine days of "Free Speech" segments have thus far featured nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), and former Bush aide Michael Gerson, but not a single Democrat or progressive…. CBS' alleged treatment of Maher stands in stark contrast to the network's reported treatment of Limbaugh, who bragged that he agreed to do a 'Free Speech' segment only after CBS acceded to various 'promises and conditions' he set down."
Full transcript of this video on the flip side.

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