On Friday night’s episode of Real Time, Bill Maher sat down with Alex Marlow, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart News.
And despite being on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum, they actually had a civil, intellectual conversation.
They agreed to disagree on how the media covers Russia and the ongoing investigation surrounding President Trump, but they had a lot in common on the subject of free speech.
The conversation began when Maher pointed out that Marlow attended UC Berkeley, a university Maher was invited to speak at a few years back, but then was disinvited after an uproar and was re-invited after another uproar.
Maher then brought up the Julius Caesar production that portrays President Trump’s assassination and conceded to the argument that had that be President Obama, liberals would have been angry. Marlow called that and Kathy Griffin‘s photo shoot not off-limits to free speech but “bad strategy” on behalf of liberals.
They then shifted the conversation to how corporations pull funding from these incidents and Marlow believed it all stems from what happened to Breitbart when there was a campaign of misinformation that put pressure on corporations to pull their ads from their site.
“What’s happened is that corporations are now deciding what’s free and fair speech, who can make a living, what opinions can make a living saying,” Marlow said. “Now you’re seeing the right fight fire with fire and want boycotts of when the left takes it too far.”
He added, “It’s a very dangerous path we’re on and I think… people on the left and the right who are free speech advocates need to come together and say that corporations are not going to define the First Amendment and free speech in this country,” which received an applause from Maher’s audience.
Watch the clip above, via HBO.
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