SEX. Now that I’ve got your attention, Bill Maher has a few words he’d like to say. In his show-ending New Rule tonight, Maher went after the media for pursuing the most titillating details of the Secret Service prostitution scandal instead of something more seriously important. While President Obama went to Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders, it has not matched the media coverage of the Secret Service scandal because, as Maher argued, the media is so obsessed with sex they should be starting all of its coverage of the scandal with “Dear Penthouse.”
Maher explained that while watching the network news evening broadcasts on Monday night, he saw a lot of interesting but ultimately not-too-compelling human interest stories coupled with more sensationalist coverage of the latest details in the Secret Service scandal. He noticed that much of the coverage was just an excuse to show women in bikinis on television and call it “breaking news.” But Maher observed this as a larger pattern of sexual deviance being the only type of scandal Americans can truly get their heads around.
He claimed that despite everything Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain said and did on the campaign trail, the one issue that garnered the most attention for the two men were their sexual indiscretions and rumors and allegations. And Maher even called out the media for its disturbingly in-depth coverage and demand for the facts in the John Edwards trial, but not just for the coverage of his scandalous life. He’s facing charges over some illegal campaign financing, but Maher argued that he was just a scapegoat for bigger fish like the Supreme Court and Citizens United.
But back to the salaciousness of our media landscape, Maher asked the question that many people would probably like an answer to (perhaps during some celebrity-style event where journalists will be hobnobbing with the very people they like reporting on for their salacious coverage).
“Why do we punish sex so much more than anything else? Clinton lied about a blowjob, got impeached. Bush lied about a war, didn’t. I can’t help but think… that if an alien landed in America tomorrow, the first thing he would say would be… ‘Is there no end to your childish fixation with pee-pees and wee-wees?'”
Watch the segment below, courtesy of HBO:
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