April 10, 2018

Conservatives often ask me why I appear on liberal shows like “The View” or “Real Time with Bill Maher.” But how can I possibly hope to win people over to my view if I don’t engage with them? That doesn’t mean both sides yelling at once, but actually holding a civil conversation. You might be surprised to hear that some of the people who disagree with me the most are quite friendly and cordial about having me on their shows, and we do occasionally find common ground. Besides, I’ll take whatever forum I can get to reach their audiences, because some of those folks desperately need to hear a different point of view.

I’m glad to see that one of my points of agreement with Bill Maher is on condemning the “Twitter mob” mentality that seeks to gin up Internet pressure on corporations to pull their ads from TV hosts who don’t toe a particular political line. In this case, Bill actually defended Fox News host Laura Ingraham from the exodus of advertisers drummed up by teenage anti-gun activist David Hogg, who was upset that Ingraham talked about his alleged difficulties at getting into college (of course, Bill first had to exercise the standard virtue-signal of assuring everyone he thinks Ingraham is a horrible person before defending her right to free speech.) He noted that Hogg chose to put himself in the public arena, and when you do that, you risk being criticized.

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The most chilling aspect of this is the way his studio audience cheered and clapped when he first mentioned the campaign to silence her – he had to lecture his own fans that that’s “un-American,” and that he had also been the target of advertiser pressure when he said things some people disagreed with. Some of his liberal guests later tried to argue that the Twitter mobs are just exercising free speech and Ingraham would still have free speech even if she were fired (she could talk, she just couldn’t be heard – reminds me of a friend who always says, “God save me from having to depend on liberals to defend my civil rights”). Thankfully, Bill would have none of that.

This isn’t the old-style justified boycott to force firms to make needed change, such as desegregating lunch counters. This is abusing social media to gin up fake outrage and threaten and panic companies into destroying people’s careers, just for holding an “unapproved” opinion. That’s not democracy, it’s mobocracy. Kudos to Bill Maher for having the guts to stand up against it, even when it means defending the rights of someone he disagrees with. Believe it or not, that used to be considered a standard liberal virtue.


PS – Fox News refused to be cowed, and Laura Ingraham is now back from vacation, as planned.



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  • Jay

    04/14/2018 10:13 PM

    Bill is still a world class a-hole.

  • Betty McGill

    04/11/2018 03:57 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    I am always pleased to read your remarks and opinions that are always common-sense and courteous. Happy to see Laura Ingraham's return on Fox, and disturbed by Facebook's treatment of Diamond and Silk. That got me to thinking, and it's true Diamond and Silk have been missing from my FB feed, but they are not the only ones. I have not been getting feeds from most of the conservative FB pages I have "liked," including yours and that of Glen Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Franklin Graham, Gary Sinise, and Dr. Alveda King. Nor have I been seeing the Southern Gospel artists I have "liked." I checked the pages individually, and they are still posting. You can be sure, however, that I have continued to see many liberal-leaning posts. Makes me wonder.... Thank you for being true to your values and commitment to honesty. And we love your show on TBN!!

  • Tom Atkinson

    04/10/2018 07:55 PM

    It's hard to believe that advertisers would abandon Laura for the things she said, as they pale in compareson to what the likes of uber-liberals such as Joy Behar and Rachel Maddow spit out on their shows, particularly about the President. DOUBLE STANDARD IN SPADES.

  • David Bevil

    04/10/2018 05:36 PM

    For some time there has been a movement for only one point of view and one set of "rights". I am not sure this can ever be stopped. A few years ago a college student from an Ivy League school wrote a letter listing a division of states between liberals and conservatives. I lost my copy but think it should be resurrected often and published. It was wonderful.

  • Robert McFate

    04/10/2018 02:18 PM

    Bill is wrong in one way. In this day and age if you publicly state a political opinion on a very hot issue you will, not may be, attack especially if you do not a basic understanding of the issue. It seems he, Hogg, does not even have a basic knowledge of history as to why this particular, the 2nd, came into being in the first place. It seems to be carrying more weight today then even when it was originally written!

  • David dwinell

    04/10/2018 02:10 PM

    Laura Ingraham is without a doubt one of the most articulate people on TV. She should be Trumps next Nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy. She is beyond qualified having clerked for one of the most famous Supreme Court Justices. If you agree, let’s start a “ draft Laura” website and get her out front of any of the political hacks that are always appointed. Let freedom reign, when get her new job. Of course she will have to take a 3000% Pay cut. She is up to it, because the woman lives on pure principle, and is devoted to the American people.

  • Joseph Trokey

    04/10/2018 12:41 PM

    It amazes me the amount of attention given to a high boy who knows as much about life as I do flying a space shuttle (which is none at all). I realize he went through something he shouldn't have had to go through, but like so many, he has let his emotions take the wheel and poor choices step on the gas pedal. So many events happened to cause a young man to go into that school and murder 17 people that I believe it would be more rational for him to stand back and take a deep breath before doing the things he has done. He isn't using a gun, but his words and actions are attempting to murder the lives of people he doesn't know. Not only is he attacking Laura Ingram but he is also is trying to cut the head off every law abiding firearm owner who has never pointed a gun at anyone in anger. This is very foolish indeed and not only done by a very immature boy but a lot of very immature adults as well, many of whom are in Congress.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    04/10/2018 12:08 PM

    Thank you for standing up. Seems nothing can put good people down.


    04/10/2018 11:57 AM

    OMG! You are SO right, "even when it means defending the rights of someone he disagrees with. Believe it or not, that used to be considered a standard liberal virtue." That DID USED to be what Liberals stood up for. My, how they've done a 180 degree turn. Idealogues.


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  • Tavane Gerber

    04/10/2018 11:20 AM

    Bill Maher deserves kudos for using his platform of free speech to defend free speech. We admire that.