Bill Maher has an unlikely supporter: Sinclair Broadcasting.
The "Real Time with Bill Maher" host took some heat from the left after his remarks on Friday night, when he said on his show that boycotts are "the modern way of cutting off free speech."
Maher was (surprisingly) defending embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Now Chris Ripley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sinclair, through their rep Ronn Torossian of 5wpr is taking Maher's side, saying in a statement:
The ongoing effort to damage free speech in this country, and to extort businesses by pursuing advertisers is wrong and fundamentally un-American. The right, left and center should debate in the arena of free speech, and not engage with threats of extortion.
While the left-wing and right-wing can both threaten boycotts, ultimately American businesses need to communicate effectively to all audiences. We commend Mr. Maher for his statements, and urge more people on all parts of the political fence to stand up and say the same thing.
It is wrong to repress freedom of speech and discourse that does not fit ones’ world view.
Watch Maher's comments below.