Journalist Jeremy Scahill a co-founder and editor of the news site The Intercept, announced on his Twitter feed that he has turned down his invite to appear on “Real Time with Bill Maher” this Friday following the right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos’ invitation to sit on the same panel. He posted: “Why I will not appear this week on Real Time with Bill Maher,” followed by a statement.
Mr. Scahill bluntly said in his statement that he will not participate in giving Yiannopoulos the opportunity to spread his alt-right agenda.
“He has ample venues to spew his hateful diatribes,” Mr. Scahill said about the Greek-born Brit Yiannopoulos, who is an editor at Breitbart News, in his statement regarding canceling his own appearance, adding, “There is no value in ‘debating’ him. Appearing on ‘Real Time’ will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda.”
Bill Maher defended his choice in inviting Yiannopoulos saying that: “Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.”