Bill Maher ended Friday's episode of "Real Time" with a rant echoing a common theme throughout this election season: Why are so many high-profile figures and groups allowed to distort the truth or outright lie with little to no punishment?
He began by laying into Focus on the Family, which he calls a "anti-gay lobbying group disguised as a church" -- in other words, the Westboro Baptist Church "crossed with Bain Capital." Specifically, he touted their 2008 list of predictions for the future under an Obama presidency, none of which actually came to fruition when Obama was elected.
The famously atheist Maher saw their scare tactics as a symptom of a larger issue: "If you're doing God's work, and God is perfect, how come you're always wrong?"
"Is there no penalty anymore for just being wrong?" Maher asked later in the segment. In an election when fact checking has suddenly come back into style, perhaps that penalty will come sooner rather than later.
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A Common Misconception
"Up next, the tragic story of a cat who just wants a cheeseburger, but is denied by Obamacare." Via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/fox-news-continues-asking-all-the-hard-questions" target="_hplink">Buzzfeed</a>
A Vote Of Confidence
Fox News, a leader in bi-partisan coverage. Via <a href="http://hotair.com/archives/2008/02/07/unfortunate-error-of-the-day/" target="_hplink">Hot Air</a>
Maps? We Don't Need Maps!
The Nile River is much smaller than we remember. Via <a href="http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907270040" target="_hplink">Media Matters</a>
Sounds like leaving congress wasn't his only life change. Via <a href="http://crooksandliars.com/logan-murphy/media-matters-another-bad-week-fox-ne" target="_hplink">Crooks and Liars</a>
Looks like they already have. Via <a href="http://thegallopingbeaver.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html" target="_hplink">The Galloping Beaver</a>
Fox News Asks The Hard Questions
We're guessing the top guy has a very strong opinion on the matter. Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2011/03/11/tv-screenshots-youre-doing-it-wr-right-33-photos/funny-tv-screenshots-30/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>
Survivor Is Such A Depressing Term
He got the high score. Via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/holocaust-winner" target="_hplink">Buzzfeed</a>
Fox Supports Nuclear Power
The "SHIBUYAEGGMAN" nuclear power plant doesn't exist. Eggman is a music venue in Shibuya that has been a Tokyo staple for 30 years. Just a minor detail, right? Via <a href="http://kotaku.com/#!5783880/japan-doesnt-have-an-eggman-nuclear-plant" target="_hplink">Kotaku</a>
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/russiansergey19"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/russiansergey19">russiansergey19</a>:<br />Did Fox News falsify research to support their own theory on scientists falsifying research to support their own theories on Global Warming?
This Guy Seems Important
What nationality is that name? Dutch? Via <a href="http://failuremag.com/index.php/failure_analysis/article/fox_news_graphics_fail/" target="_hplink">Failure Mag</a>
New picture of Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klossm"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klossm">klossm</a>:<br />Great place for kids to spend their summer. Fox 5 news in Las Vegas, NV; showed people what the new place will look like.
Every Single Day
This was intentional and not a mistake, but we had to share it with you anyway. Via <a href="http://www.worldoddities.com/when-closed-captioning-goes-wrong-tv-goes-right/" target="_hplink">World Oddities</a>
This Sounds Biased
Adding "AIN" is just too much work. Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2011/03/11/tv-screenshots-youre-doing-it-wr-right-33-photos/funny-tv-screenshots-5/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>