Maher: Mehlman's a homo
[UPDATE: CNN, via YouTube, sent John Aravosis (who posted this clip) a cease and desist letter, if you can believe it. John’s planning to load up a 10-second version of the video, which is fair use. CNN also edited the transcript (see what was removed below.]
I must post the screeching headline exactly as it appears on WingNutDaily this AM:
Appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, Maher said it’s an open secret in Washington that RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is a homosexual and that he has “never denied” it.
Maher added that he plans to out at least three other closeted Republican officials â€“ including “chiefs of staff” â€“ on his HBO political show Friday night to show their hypocrisy in supporting traditional family values. He is host of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
King asked Maher if the charges have appeared “in print,” and Maher responded affirmatively.
Rumors of Mehlman’s sexual orientation first appeared last year in GQ magazine. The RNC denied the charge. “Ken Mehlman is not gay,” said then-RNC official Steve Schmidt. However, when asked directly by “gay” publications, Mehlman has dodged the question.
Here is the portion of the transcript that CNN later excised (via HuffPost, which still has the video):
Partial transcript of Bill Maher’s Live appearance on Larry King Live:
BM: A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican Party, are gay. I don’t want to mention names, but I will Friday night…
LK:You will Friday night?
BM: Well, there’s a couple of big people who I think everyone in Washington knows who run the Republican…
LK: You will name them?
BM: Well, I wouldn’t be the first. I’d get sued if I was the first. Ken Mehlman. Ok, there’s one I think people have talked about. I don’t think he’s denied it when he’s been, people have suggested, he doesn’t say…
LK: I never heard that. I’m walking around in a fog. I never…Ken Mehlman? I never heard that. But the question is…
BM: Maybe you don’t go to the same bathhouse I do, Larry.