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Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo Allegations

Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo AllegationsPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty & HBONeil deGrasse Tyson, the fun-lovin’ astrophysicist and TV personality, has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct by four women—one of whom, Thchiya Amet El Maat, alleged that he drugged and raped her while the two were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.  Bill Maher, the boundary-pushing comedian, has branded the MeToo movement “scary” and aspects of  it “MeCarthyism” whilst downplaying women’s accounts of inappropriate touching at the hands of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and the allegations against former congressman Al Franken. On Friday night, Maher welcomed pal Tyson to his long-running HBO program Real Time. Tyson, who’s managed to weather any professional ramifications from the sexual-misconduct allegations—keeping his gigs with National Geographic’s StarTalk, Fox’s Cosmos and Hayden Planetarium—joined Maher and his panel, which included The Daily Beast’s politics editor Sam Stein, for an interview toward the end of the program. And sure enough, Maher joked about Tyson’s planets tie; let him hawk his new book of published letters to and from his fans; debated the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) supporting the existence of God, as is the outspoken atheist’s wont; talked flat-earthers; and acted generally chummy with one another. Bill Maher Fails to Challenge The Federalist Publisher (and Mr. Meghan McCain) Ben DomenechJohn Oliver Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is Totally Screwed: ‘Trump Will Abandon Him’What Maher failed to do was even remotely probe the disturbing allegations against Tyson—something that most interviewers of Tyson have failed to properly reckon with during his recent book tour (CBS This Morning sort of did, albeit via a soft line of questioning, asking what he’s “learned” since the allegations surfaced.) In addition to soft-pedaling the allegations against Biden, Maher voiced objections to the public outrage surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault allegation against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (now justice), Brett Kavanaugh. “There are social justice warriors who are crazy enough in this country, I fight with them all the time, who… they lend enough credence to this to make people think, ‘Oh, you know what? They’re going to go after my high school record. That’s fair game now.’ And it becomes sort of a privacy thing,” offered Maher. Later on, the comedian added, “It does seem like things morphed from ‘listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged,’ which is the right thing to do, to ‘automatically believe.’ That’s what’s scary.” What’s frustrating about Maher’s attitude toward MeToo is that he appears to consistently downplay allegations of inappropriate touching or attempted sexual assault levied against certain men of power (usually Democrats), while regularly railing against those said to have been committed by President Trump, who’s been accused of varying acts of sexual misconduct by over 22 women. While the attitude shouldn’t be to “automatically believe” women, it shouldn’t take nearly two dozen accusers—or hating the man’s politics—to either. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Turkey ignores US warnings over Russian S-400 missile deployment

Turkey ignores US warnings over Russian S-400 missile deploymentTurkey ignored US warnings as it continued Saturday to take delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system near Ankara, a defence minstry statement indicated. “Delivery of S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defence Systems resumed today,” the statement said. “The fourth Russian plane carrying S-400 parts landed at Murted Airport outside Ankara,” it added.



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Trump’s NAFTA Revision Ignores Climate Change, Bolsters Oil And Gas Industries

Trump’s NAFTA Revision Ignores Climate Change, Bolsters Oil And Gas IndustriesPresident Donald Trump's deal to tweak the trade agreement among the United



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The Catholic Church Ignores This Child Sexual Abuse Law

The Catholic Church Ignores This Child Sexual Abuse LawOne of the most damning findings from the recent grand jury investigation into



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Melania Trump Called Out For Anti-Bullying Campaign That Ignores Her Husband's Actions

Melania Trump Called Out For Anti-Bullying Campaign That Ignores Her Husband's ActionsFirst lady Melania Trump unveiled her "Be Best" campaign on Monday to



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Students March For Their Lives As Trump Chills At Golf Course, Largely Ignores Them

Students March For Their Lives As Trump Chills At Golf Course, Largely Ignores ThemHundreds of thousands of protesters nationwide took to the streets Saturday to



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Kenya government ignores court order suspending shutdown of three TV stations

Kenya government ignores court order suspending shutdown of three TV stationsBy Maggie Fick and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) – Three private Kenyan television channels remained off air despite a court order on Thursday that they be allowed to resume broadcasting, overturning a government-ordered shut down. Authorities turned off the three channels as they began to cover opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic presidential inauguration on Tuesday. NTV Kenya, three of whose journalists said they had spent the night in their newsroom in fear of arrest, said on its Twitter feed that the privately owned broadcasters were expected back on air after the High Court ruling.



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Trump Ignores Journalist's 'Are You A Racist?' Question After Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump Ignores Journalist's 'Are You A Racist?' Question After Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.President Donald Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and civil rights work on Friday, just a day after reportedly making racist remarks toward Haiti and African countries.



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Trump's ‘Pocahontas’ Punchline Ignores The Violence Native Women Face Every Day

Trump's ‘Pocahontas’ Punchline Ignores The Violence Native Women Face Every DayMost people are horrified when President Donald Trump uses “Pocahontas” as a racial slur to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachment

Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachmentHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans mobilized Monday for a major push to oust President Robert Mugabe, an increasingly isolated figure who faces impeachment proceedings and more street demonstrations even as he ignores calls to resign.



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