Bill Maher calls out liberal misinformation and media ‘panic porn’ on COVID-19 pandemic

Liberal comedian and television host Bill Maher has long been a foe of conservatives, once publicly wishing for a recession if it would help defeat former President Donald Trump.

However, as the Daily Caller reported, Maher recently used his nightly monologue to call out much of the left for exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, as he claims the viral outbreak has been used by the media and by politicians to pump ratings and further their agendas. 

The media’s “panic porn”

“Over the past year, the COVID pandemic has prompted the medical establishment, the media and the government to take a ‘scared straight’ approach to getting the public to comply with their recommendations,” Maher said on Friday evening on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, according to the Daily Caller.

“Well, I’m from a different school: Give it to me straight, Doc. Because in the long run that always works better than ‘You can’t handle the truth,'” he added.

Maher went on to target the media’s coverage of the pandemic, charging them with using the pandemic for ratings. “And media? Well, I think we all know, if it bleeds, it leads. The more they can get you to stay inside and watch their panic porn, the higher their ratings,” the comedian suggested.

“When all of our sources for medical information have an agenda to spin us, yeah, you wind up with a badly misinformed population, including on the left,” Maher said.

Misinformation and conspiracies

Maher also pointed out the double standard in the coverage given to conspiracy theories that are popular on the right compared to how exaggerating the danger posed by COVID-19 receives very little criticism, if any.

“Liberals often mock the Republican misinformation bubble, which of course is very real…but what about liberals? You know, the high-information, by-the-science people?” he pressed.

“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 bunch of crap about COVID?'” Maher asked.

Dr. Fauci is confused

While many on the left predicted nothing short of total catastrophe after Texas dropped its statewide mask mandate last month, no deluge of death has since materialized, leaving “experts” scratching their heads in an attempt to justify why the bottom never fell out.

The New York Post reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci was unable to explain why the dire predictions didn’t come to fruition during an MSNBC appearance in early April.

“I’m not really quite sure,” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director admitted when asked about the phenomenon. “It could be they’re doing things outdoors.”

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