Last week, Bill Maher made an appearance on Larry King. On his show, he discussed his plans to out certain prominent Republicans. As King sat there dumbfounded, over the fact that a GOP leader could possibly be homosexual, Maher blurted out that one of the people he was referring to was Ken Mehlman. King, who apparently has been living in a cave for the last half-dozen years seemed dumbstruck by the revelation.
So CNN got out the bleach.
When the West Coast aired the show, the outing of Ken Mehlman was cut from the feed.
To make matters worse, CNN excised the comment from the transcripts. From their website:
MAHER: Well, there's a couple of big people who I think everyone in Washington knows who run the Republican...But, CNN is not stopping there. They have issued a cease-and-desist order to You Tube and bloggers who posted the unedited interview.
KING: You will name them?
MAHER: Well, I wouldn't be the first. I'd get sued if I was the first. (A PORTION OF THIS TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN REMOVED)
KING: ... why would someone who is gay take public anti-gay positions? Why would you do that?
MAHER: Because, Larry, hating yourself is the greatest love of all. Self-loathing.
KING: Great way to close out this segment. It's poignant.
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Fortunately, not everyone is so easily cowed. The Huffington Post still has a copy of the video running.
For the before and after video and transcript, point your browser here.
As for Maher's promised outing of GOP operatives on his show...well, that never happened. In fact, he didn't even mention his appearance on King.
Gee, do you suppose that he just forgot?