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Bill Maher blames right-wing media for Charleston killer: "I bet you I know where he got his news"

The host suggested sites like The Daily Caller and The Drudge Report fostered killer Dylann Roof's racist ideology


Anna Silman
June 20, 2015 6:35PM (UTC)

On “Real Time with Bill Maher” last night, the provocative host weighed in on this week's tragic shootings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, suggesting that right-wing media contributed to shaping the twisted beliefs espoused by killer Dylann Roof.

“We can never know why someone snaps, but I bet you I know where he got his news,” said Maher to panelist Matt Lewis, a "Daily Caller" contributor. “I looked at your website last week, it was a lot of stories about black people. Same with Matt Drudge. I think they present a really twisted view. I’m not surprised this guy thought they’re ‘taking over the country.’ Obviously, he has a warped mind, that’s going into it, but I don’t think it was video games. And I do think the media is responsible to a degree. I wouldn’t say we should be droning Fox News, but we did drone Anwar al-Awlaki because he inspired people. He didn’t do terrorist acts, he just inspired them.”

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Maher also discussed how Fox News pundits and Republican politicians are reticent to use the word “racism,” even though Roof reportedly spoke openly about segregation and wanting to start a race war.

“The Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, said, ‘We’ll never understand,’” mused Maher. "Jeb Bush: ‘We can’t know.’ Jindal, Lindsay Graham, all of them said some version of, ‘It’s incomprehensible. There’s no way to know what motivated a racist to kill black people,’ Fellas, you know what? When a guy like this talks about, ‘The South will rise again,’ he’s not talking about IQ levels. This guy openly said he was trying to ‘start a race war,’ which is delusional, because if Donald Trump’s speech didn’t do it the day before, nothing will.”

Watch Bill Maher and his panel hashing it out below:


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