Here's an interesting plot twist! HBO host Bill Maher scolded liberal media on Wednesday for "scaring the s--t" out of people when it comes to COVID-19. He told them to stop the fearmongering coverage and take some responsibility.
"I have to cite a survey that was in The New York Times, which is a liberal paper so they weren't looking for this answer," Maher told ABC host Jimmy Kimmel.
"The question was, ‘What do you think the chances are that you would have to go to the hospital if you got COVID?’ And Democrats thought that was way higher than Republicans," he continued. "The answer is between 1% and 5%."
"70% of Democrats thought it was way, way, way higher than it really was," Maher said. "Liberal media has to take a little responsibility for that. For scaring the s--t out of people."
"The reason why I'm bringing this up is because it's much harder for every touring act to sell tickets in blue states. They’re afraid to go out of the house," he added. "In red states, it’s all good to go."
"You did get it," Kimmel pointed out, referring to Maher having COVID.
"I got it after I was vaccinated … and had no symptoms, that’s maybe because I was vaccinated," Maher replied. "I know you and your boyfriend, Howard Stern are very paranoid about this but it's a little weird that I got it after, but now many, many, many people have had the same situation. Bottom line is we know, if you're vaccinated, you almost never die from it."
Another plot twist: Kimmel actually admitted that there is a lot of fear right now and asked if Maher believed it was possible for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum could come together.
"That's a great question. And to me, one of the keys to that is to stop talking about it. Stop talking politics. When I was a kid, you may remember the same thing, people didn't talk politics all the time. There was no Facebook. You know? Facebook should go back to being what it should be, humble brags, cat videos, finding out who from high school is gay, fat, or dead," Maher responded. "But instead it's people arguing with some kid you went to third grade with about Brett Kavanaugh."
"It’s a big country with people who don’t think like you no matter what side you’re on and you’re not going to convince them," he added. "Just accept it."
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