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George Will Smacks Down Maher

Posted on May 3 2010 11:04 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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By Noel Sheppard (BioArchive)
Sun, 05/02/2010 – 16:04 ET

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Bill Maher was clearly out of his league Sunday when he made an absurd claim about Brazil being off oil for decades only to be corrected by a significantly more knowledgeable George Will.

As the Roundtable discussion of ABC’s “This Week” turned to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, host Jake Tapper mentioned — without the vulgarity — what Maher said on HBO’s “Real Time” about President Obama not “getting more shall we say guff” for this crisis.

Maher concluded his answer by erroneously saying, “I mean, Brazil got off oil in the last 30 years, we certainly could have.”

When Will got his chance to respond, Maher was left looking rather foolish (video embedded below the fold with transcript, commentary, and oil data to further embarrass the “Real Time” host, relevant section at 2:48):
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