Bill Maher delivered a scorching assault on the motion within the U.S. to censor what we are saying … and gotta say, it might be his greatest commentary in a very long time.
The “Real Time” host declared his place from the leap — “Sorting out lies from truth is your job,” including it is ridiculous we deal with everybody like “helpless dumb blondes ready to believe everything … like Donald Trump!”
He makes the purpose … folks residing as we speak aren’t particular — as he says, all ages is the misinformation age. He harkens again to 1858, when the New York Times anxious Americans could not deal with the transatlantic telegraph as a result of it was “superficial and too fast for the truth.”
Go again even additional, Bill says, to 1487, when the Pope cautioned in opposition to the misuse of the printing press, saying it was the supply of pernicious writing — hmmm, appears like pretend information.
And, then there’s radio … in 1938, some listeners freaked out listening to Orson Welles‘ “War of the Worlds,” believing the Martians invaded New Jersey.
As Bill says, lies are in every single place … like germs. He says you’ll be able to’t germproof the world, so develop a greater bull*** meter.
And, then he makes a superb level … “Sometimes misinformation is history’s first draft” — just like the tales that circulated about COVID — that fifty% of those that are unvaccinated develop into hospitalized when it is lower than 1%.
To drive dwelling the purpose, he notes a lot of of us imagine in “an imaginary best friend in the sky who they can talk to to help them with their problems.” Bill asks if there ought to be a warning label on that.
He’s all for banning issues like little one porn, requires revolt, private threats, and so forth, however folks ought to have the ability to categorical their opinions even when they’re repugnant. And, deciding whether or not one thing is true, half-true, 1 / 4 true or false … effectively that is our job, not the job of some writer.
In sum, Bill says folks have the correct to be assholes and categorical ridiculous opinions. That’s referred to as free speech. That’s referred to as democracy — it is as messy as it’s treasured.