Bill Ma­her hits Berke­ley over Ann Coul­ter speech flap

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION / AMERICAN SCENE - — An­drew Blake

Bill Ma­her blasted the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia-Berke­ley on Fri­day as “the cra­dle for [ex­ple­tive] babies” af­ter the school re­scinded an in­vi­ta­tion to con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter.

The left-lean­ing host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Ma­her” un­leashed on the in­sti­tu­tion dur­ing Fri­day’s broad­cast af­ter Berke­ley had dis­in­vited, then rein­vited Ms. Coul­ter over fears that a speak­ing en­gage­ment would at­tract pro­test­ers.

“Berke­ley, you know, used to be the cra­dle of free speech,” said Mr. Ma­her. “And now it’s just the cra­dle for [ex­ple­tive] babies.”

“They in­vite some­one to speak who’s not ex­actly what lib­er­als want to hear and they want to shutter it,” he said. “I feel like this is the lib­eral’s ver­sion of book burn­ing. And it’s got to stop.”

Ms. Coul­ter had been slated to speak at Berke­ley on April 27, but the event was can­celed Wed­nes­day due to sup­posed safety con­cerns.

The school had a change of heart and said Thurs­day the event has been resched­uled for May 2, though Ms. Coul­ter has in­di­cated she in­tends to speak on the orig­i­nal date as planned.

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