Bill Maher Blasts ‘Traitors to Journalism’

Real Time host breaks down his recent Zayn Malik gag: "They look alike. That's it!"

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It’s from last night’s fun bit on Real Time with Bill Maher during which the host mockingly broke down, for benefit of “the PC police,” a recent Overtime “New Rules” rant about One Direction member Zayn Malik. Following Maher’s original March 27 riff, there was plenty of media coverage of the resulting  social media blowback. The comedian’s message for the pictured outlets:

“But for all the respectable media outlets who covered this story, when you could have spent time and space on real news that needs reporting… You are not only traitors to journalism. You are, in the truest sense of the word, 12-year-old girls.”

Part of the reason One Direction fans were incensed over Maher’s closing comparison of the exiting band member to Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is that Malik is Muslim. But as the host explained, not only was he blissfully unaware of that detail, his staff was equally in the One Direction dark. During rehearsals for the March 27 episode, Zayn was spelled on the teleprompter as “Zyan.”