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Bill Maher
Like and dislike in these polarizing times
Like and dislike in these polarizing times

This is for Gigi, who can't figure out why I don't like Bill Maher. Gigi, a reader in West Palm Beach, wrote me last week noting that I agree with the star of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on most political issues. Yet I have, on previous occasions in this space, expressed distaste for him. "I just don't understand," wrote Gigi, "why you profess to dislike someone who is so like-minded. It baffles me." Me, I don't see the contradiction. To whatever admittedly imperfect degree you can judge character from a television performance, I find Mr. Maher smarmy, self-satisfied, condescending and just plain nasty. Besides which, his use...

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