Angela Rye, I Mean You Complete Disrespect

The September 30, 2016 edition of Real Time with Bill Maher had Sean Penn as the special guest.  The panel consisted of Angela Rye, Steven Moore and Peter Hamby. The panel was joined toward the end by Sarah Silverman.

Donald Trump dominated the conversation, and a curious scene unfolded.  Steven Moore is a Donald Trump supporter, Angela Rye works for CNN, and Peter Hamby is head of news for Snapchat.  As the conversation unfolded Steven Moore continuously talked over Angela Rye, and later Sarah Silverman.  By contrast, he showed Hamby and Maher a modicum of respect, making only background comments as they spoke.

Moore’s lack of civility was most pronounced with Angela Rye.  It became obvious that it was not a matter of political bent: it was a matter of gender and race.  Moore ranted on about how bad things were in America, repeating the campaign rhetoric about crime in black neighborhoods, unemployment of blacks – especially black teens – and tried to tie all of this failure to the Obama administration, and was completely deaf to all of the facts showing that unemployment was down across the board, and crime was down everywhere except in a couple of large cities like Chicago where violent crime is related to gang on gang violence.

At one point Steve Moore asked the panel, “Where are the black success stories?”, to which Angela responded, “Hello? Exhibit ‘A’.”  Moore obviously did not consider her a success, because in the Trump universe only success as a business person is deemed success.

Moore did not run over Silverman as much as Rye.  Silverman is female, but she is only Jewish, not black.

Moore is a great surrogate for Trump; a misogynistic racist.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on October 3, 2016 at 6:39pm

Maher likes to have at least one conservative on the show.  It takes a certain type of conservative to endure his profanity, vulgarity, and in-you-face atheism.  He does hold that all religion is not created equal, that Islam is particularly evil.  

A week or two ago, Alisen Camerota (CNN) had James Davis, Cleveland pastor and Trump apologist, and Kasim Reed, Atlanta mayor on with the intent of talking about Trump's assertion that everything was going south for blacks; crime in black neighborhoods was up, unemployment was worse, and that all of this happened during the Obama administration.  Davis doubled down on Trump's claims and when Reed tried to counter the claims Davis screamed over him not allowing him to talk.  Camerota then threw up some figures to back Reed and finally terminated the interview because Davis screamed over both of them.

There is a pattern of behavior, perhaps not started by Kellyanne Conway, but certainly fine-tuned since she became the campaign manager of this behavior.  Trump surrogates don't have to know anything but the talking points from the Trump bubble and how to deny any counterargument. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 3, 2016 at 7:07pm

Maui surfer, your assessment of Angela Rye is spot on. I would imagine that her dance card is full. ;-)

Comment by nerd cred on October 3, 2016 at 7:20pm

Well, I admired Angela Rye a lot, too and I don't even want to date her.

It's especially interesting to watch the reactions of liberal women politicians to Maher. They can't quite join in the profanity etc even when they agree and they can look pretty uncomfortable. Of course, I don't think I've ever seen a guest go full on Maher style - except Silverman, I suppose.

Did you ever watch Politically Incorrect, his first show, years ago? It started on ABC, got dumped and then picked up by HBO, I think. I don't remember what specific "scandal" ended him there the first go-round. Maybe it was 9/11.

The panel was regularly 50-50 and it's where I first encountered the blond bimbo squad of conservatives - Kellyanne, Laura Ingraham and Coulter are the ones I remember. He claims still to be friends with them but I've seen him let both Kellyanne and Coulter have it recently. He does have a good way of smiling while pounding on someone. (I, of course, am not the least put off by vulgarity and/or profanity. It has its place and sometimes is the thing that fits the best.)

I never l liked Ben Afflek more than when he fought Maher on Islam. I don't agree with Maher on that. Strongly.


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