Oh sweet baby Jesus on a cute uni-cycle, our tiny anti-intellectual Shaky Isles have finally got Real Time with Bill Maher and a new age of civilisation has begun.
Can I get a hallelujah? Considering Maher’s virulent and hilarious atheism, probably not.
Bill Maher is unashamedly liberal, he doesn’t pretend to be centrist, he calls it like he sees it and because we have so few broadcasters who can actually articulate a counter hegemonic narrative to the right wing bullshit that contaminates all corporate news media, he is a unique and powerful voice for reason.
Soho have brought Real Time over and it plays Monday 11pm right after Last Week Tonight making it the most intelligent and well informed hour of TV in NZ.
Bill starts out with what must be the funniest left wing comedy monologue allowed by law and his digs this week at Trump were as eye wateringly savage as they were hilarious. His first guest was Jelani Cobb who was highlighting the racism and violence of American Police forces. More intelligence was shared in that 5 minutes of TV than has ever been allowed on NZ airwaves.
Where Real Time shines is their Panel discussion section. Unlike NZ TV, the panelists on Real Time are there based on their ability to articulate interesting ideas that furthers the debate. I say, ‘unlike NZ TV’ because the producers in NZ only allow safe opinions or frothing right free market maniacs onto TV. The debate this week on Real Time about Trump firing missiles at Syria provided more insight than The AM Show and The Project has managed on any subject all year.
In NZ we have this to keep the powerful to account…
…and yes, that is a puppet on the far left of the panel debating the political issues of the day.
When these are our 7pm Fourth Estate guard dogs, it’s no wonder this country is a nation of fucking muppets.
It says something about us as a culture that the only media we can rely on to hold the powerful to account are from another country behind a paywall.
We could do Real Time in NZ, the decision to not fund it is a political one.
Real Time with Bill Maher
Soho Sky 10