The HBO star slammed ‘blue states’ for keeping schools closed despite minimal health risks to children
In his closing monologue Friday night, Maher took aim at the media’s “panic porn” during the pandemic, citing a Dartmouth study showing that “nearly 90 percent” of U.S. national media coverage was negative in comparison to other countries even as conditions were getting better.
Maher also called out politicians who “lie” to “save their own asses.”
“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 told viewers. “Liberals often mock the Republican misinformation bubble … but what about liberals? You know, the high-information, by-the-science people?”
“Liberals often mock the Republican misinformation bubble … but what about liberals? You know, the high-information, behind-the-science people?”—Maher
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.”