Real Time with Bill Maher will feature a blend of journalists, analysts, and academics on tonight’s episode.
Opening the show is professor Michael Eric Dyson, booked as the top-of-show interview guest.
Dyson wears many hats. He’s an ordained minister, book author, motivational speaker for hire and a professor who is a regular on Real Time.
His latest book is What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America, and he will likely discuss racial issues, Kim Kardashian’s recent Trump summit and her husband Kanye West’s fondness for POTUS.
Fareed Zakaria is the mid-show interview guest. Zakaria is a producer on VICE news for HBO with Maher and he, too, is a frequent Real Timer.
Zakaria recently penned an op/ed for the Washington Post excoriating Trump for his constant criticisms of previous president Obama and his lack of deal-making, citing: “It is nearly 500 days into the Trump administration. Where are the deals?
“Where is the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, the bilateral trade agreements that were going to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the new and improved Iran nuclear pact, the China trade deal?
“Trump’s record in working with Congress is even less impressive. He has not been able to strike an accord with Democrats on anything, from immigration to infrastructure.”
The roundtable guests are columnist Linda Chavez, national affairs analyst John Heilemann, and political strategist Shermichael Singleton.
Chavez authored a telling opinion piece where she discussed Trump’s ability to coin phrases and gloss over glaringly awful policy.
She wrote: “Trump has used this widespread indifference to details and facts to his advantage. He comes up with memorable words and phrases that substitute for knowledge in describing complex issues — drain the swamp, build the wall, no collusion, the Russia witch hunt, make America great again.”
Heilemann recently remarked on Trump’s usage of FOX TV personality Sean Hannity as a constant sounding board. He said: “He [Trump] needs that base, and Sean Hannity channels that base better than anyone. So I don’t think it’s good for him [Trump] to take advice from Hannity. I wish he talked to other people.
“But if Trump sees his survival in being in touch with those people, there aren’t a lot of better people to talk to than Sean Hannity because he reaches more of them than anyone.”
Republican strategist and conservative analyst Shermichael Singleton is an African American pro-GOP pundit who regularly appears on CNN and other news networks defending conservative values. Last year on CNN, Singleton had a shootout with conservative Paris Dennard about being a “sellout”.
Real Time with Bill Maher airs Friday at 10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at midnight, on HBO.