It is reprehensible to decide that the alt-right white supremacist provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is a suitable guest for your program, but Bill Maher went one step ignobly further by bringing him on and then staging a bromance in prime time. Coming on during the post-monologue, pre-panel part of Maher's HBO "Real Time" show, the host treated Yiannopoulos as a fellow martyr to the cause of free speech. Maher's current claim, that Yiannopoulos' appearance on Maher's program hastened his downfall, rings hollow to this longtime viewer. What I took away from Maher's conversation with Yiannopoulos was Maher sympathizing with Yiannopoulos over the rowdy reception he received on the UC Berkeley campus, which caused his appearance to be cancelled. Read more.
French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thébault publicly chided Australia on Saturday for canceling a multibillion-euro submarine contract with Paris after striking up a strategic partnership with the U.S. and the U.K. Read more .