Bill Maher Fans Support Yasser Arafat

Monday, November 08, 2004

Here is the part from the complete transcript of Friday night's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that I was referring to in this post:

Now, someone else who apparently is leaving office: Yasser Arafat. [audience reacts] I know, he was such a great guy. [laughter] But apparently the PLO is in anarchy because Arafat never named a successor. And the problem is, there are very few people who have experience running a hated political organization. [laughter] Although Tom Daschle is available. [laughter] [applause]
Unfortunately the transcript doesn't specifically say how the "audience reacts" but having seen the episode myself I can assure you that it was a sympathizing coo. You'd think the transcript would have read, "audience hoots and hollers," but that is reserved for jokes about President Bush and anyone right-of-center.