Bill Maher's file


Independent from California

Bill Maher is a comedian and host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. He also works as a comedian and actor.

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Recent stories featuring Bill Maher

How much do we know about climate change and hurricanes?

Bill Maher and conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp clashed over the certainty in the scientific community about the relationship between climate change and hurricanes as Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and later in Florida.

Fact-checking claims on climate change

President Barack Obama traveled to Alaska this week to highlight the impact of climate change. We look at a few claims about Obama's hypocrisy on the issue and by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a noted climate skeptic. 

Giving thanks for True statements

As you prepare to break bread, we break down 10 statements from the past year that we found to be topical, entertaining or both. They all earned a True rating on the Truth-O-Meter.

Limbaugh v. Maher

Rush Limbaugh’s mischaracterizations of a law student made waves, prompting some critics to say that comedian Bill Maher’s descriptions of Sarah Palin and others were made in a similarly rebukable vein.

In Context: Bill Maher on women

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Conservatives are trying to paint liberal comedian Bill Maher as the same kind of public relations hazard for Democrats that Rush Limbaugh has become for Republicans.

Limbaugh ignited a firestorm when he called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified in Congress about health insurance and birth control. (To see her complete comments, read "In Context:
In Context: Sandra Fluke on contraceptives and women's health

Essentially, Limbaugh used misogynistic terms to attack a woman whose political view he opposes.

Conservatives point out that at least one politician's daughter has not been off-limits to Maher.

How similar are Maher’s and Limbaugh’s comments? We thought this would be a good subject for PolitiFact’s "In Context" series, where we publish controversial statements in their original context.