Before dealing with Bill Maher's latest MJ-induced brain farts from Friday night: E.g. "There's little difference between Biden and Trump, if he'd been re-elected", "Left media are only slightly more factual than right media", etc, I must confess Janice has finally given up on him. His verbal lunacy has now reached the point of becoming unbearable for her, and unwatchable - and nearly so for me.
What gives? All I know is we're not the only ones, and this was after seeing a piece in Daily Kos by Marty Essen:
Who wrote, summing up most of 0ur objections as well:
Recall I had - in several earlier posts- roasted Maher for his too cute by half nonsense about the virus, e.g.
as well as heaping scorn on the Left for misrepresentation but ignoring the Right's far more egregious transgressions, e.g
In the first, Maher actually questioned the severity of the virus by comparing it to the frequency of medical errors in our health system, as well as to the earlier Hong Kong flu in 1968. I noted I had that flu in 1968 and was ill for a good 3 weeks. But I never had to be hospitalized or put on a ventilator. As for medical errors, that's a false comparison. The reason is that as devastating as medical errors are, they do not occur in waves - inundating hospital ICUs- and consuming vast hospital resources.
In the case of the second post, I noted how Maher made much ado about one poll that found a majority of progressives who believed 50 percent of Covid patients were hospitalized when the actual fraction was 5%. As I pointed out:
"The first is simply an error of magnitude in estimating ICU impacts and is essentially innocuous. Believing it does not make people less safe or prevent herd immunity from being reached. "
That is unlike the Right media's belief that Covid is no more serious than the seasonal flu and vaccines don't work. It is these false assumptions that kill, unlike the progressives' exaggerations of hospitalizaton - which do not.
In March this year, Maher had featured a known quack, David Katz, to whom he allotted nearly 12 minutes to bloviate his bullshit- best encapsulated in this Daily Beast piece at the time:
On Friday night, instead of opting for a despicably racist rant against China over the novel coronavirus or blaming the media, Bill Maher welcomed Dr. David Katz, a doctor and ex-instructor at the Yale School of Medicine, onto his show Real Time.
Dr. Katz, who consistently flaunts his Yale ties despite the fact that they were severed in 2016, has become something of a right-wing darling after penning a controversial New York Times op-ed on March 20 titled “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?” In it, Katz argues against the self-isolation policies put in place by most of the U.S., instead saying the country should isolate the elderly and infirm, which would thus “allow most of society to return to life as usual and perhaps prevent vast segments of the economy from collapsing.
At least on this past Friday night, a confident guest (Max Rose) was willing to take on Maher in his "house" and shut down his insipid anti-Vaxx rant. According to The Hill, e.g.
"Real Time With Bill Maher is often seen as a show that leans left. That is not, however, necessarily true. The HBO host often platforms toxic right wing personalities like Ben Shapiro, Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos. ...And during a segment on his show this week, Maher decided to go the anti-vax route. Thankfully, he was shut down by former New York Congressman Max Rose.