I can only stomach watching Bill Maher about a couple of times a year (if that much), but every once in a while something he says makes national headlines, and then when you read or watch it you discover that he was actually spot-on about an issue for a change.
Such was the case Friday night after the latest episode of his “Real Time” program aired. During one segment, Maher noted the fact that the liberals who were supposed to be so well-informed about coronavirus facts, in reality, had gotten a lot of things wrong in their rush to blame Republican governors for the outbreak:
Maher then pointed to a Gallup survey that showed the vast majority of Democrats incorrectly overestimate the probability of being hospitalized from COVID, with 41 percent believing it’s at least 50 percent while only 10 percent of Democrats correctly said that the probability is only 1-to-5 percent while 26 percent of Republicans said the same, stressing that Democrats were “wildly off on this key question.”
“[Democrats] also have a greatly exaggerated view of the danger of COVID to — and the mortality rate among — children, all of which explains why today the states with the highest share of schools that are still closed are all blue states,” Maher lamented. “So if the right-wing media bubble has to own things like climate change denial, shouldn’t liberal media have to answer for ‘How did your audience wind up believing such a bunch of crap about COVID?'”
Maher also talked about the media’s bizarre obsession with shaming beachgoers (mostly in the south) during the pandemic, “even though it’s increasingly looking like the beach is the best place to avoid it” because people were leaving their stuffy houses and heading to the beach to get fresh air and lots of sunlight (vitamin D), which is good for the immune system.
He then went on to point out that maybe there was something to be learned about the way red states like Texas and Florida had managed the coronavirus crisis:
“Texas lifted its COVID restrictions recently and their infection rates went down in part because of people getting outside to let the sun and wind do their thing. But to many liberals, ‘That can’t be right because Texas and beach-loving Florida have Republican governors,’ but life is complicated!”
Maher then praised Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for being “a voracious consumer of the scientific literature.”
“And maybe that’s why he protected his most vulnerable population, the elderly, way better than did the governor of New York,” Maher said, knocking Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Those are just facts, I know it’s irresponsible of me to say them.”
The moral of Maher’s story was that politics shouldn’t be mixed in with the medical decisions people make, which is something I think most people (outside of radical leftists) would agree on.
Watch (video will be available just as soon as Twitter is back up and running!):
“If the right wing media bubble has to own things like climate change denial, shouldn’t liberal media have to answer for how did your audience wind up believing such a bunch of crap about COVID?” @BillMaher also defends @GovRonDeSantis compared to Cuomo #RealTime pic.twitter.com/gO1zdqkCT5
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) April 17, 2021
Maher stating his views about liberal media misinformation on COVID, his praise of DeSantis, as well as his interview with reality show star Sharon Osbourne after she was “canceled” for defending Piers Morgan over his Meghan Markle comments greatly fauxfended the Usual Suspects, and as a result “Bill Maher” trended for a few hours on the Twitter machine as the left logged on to express their disappointment.
Though Maher typically spends most of his time yapping about how evil and dumb Republicans supposedly are, this was not his first time taking his side to task during the pandemic. A year ago, he thoroughly ripped Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and other Democrats for melting down over President Trump’s use of the term “China virus” to describe the coronavirus. He also condemned the reopening of some of China’s wet markets, which was believed by many at the time to be the source of COVID-19.