You can’t say he didn’t try.
Bill Maher shares the progressive gospel each week on his HBO talk show.
That typically means “Real Time with Bill Maher” slams anything GOP-related, or more specifically Trump, Trump Trump. His format still includes the occasional conservative guest, even if they’re outnumbered by Maher’s fellow panelists.
Would Jimmy Kimmel invite Ben Shapiro on his show for a fierce but friendly chat? Not a chance.
Maher’s show does more than that, though.
The comedian routinely warns fellow Democrats when they’re steering straight into a ditch. Or, more recently, into oncoming traffic.
He’s been steadfast in critiquing woke culture, a philosophy that exists overwhelmingly on the Left. For example, Maher shredded Amy Schumer’s critics after she made a comedy about a plus-sized woman pining for a supermodel figure.
We’ve reached “peak snowflake,” he cracked.
“The professionally offended have decided that, even though it’s a movie by women filmmakers presenting a pro-women message, it does it the wrong way!” Maher said.
It’s worth noting that few other prominent progressives shared Maher’s assessment of the film. He similarly walked alone after defending Megyn Kelly for, in his opinion, being unfairly canned for her blackface comments.
Last month, Maher slammed MSNBC for forcing longtime host Chris Matthews from his “Hardball” gig for old slights.
“I think this cancel culture is a cancer on progressivism,” Maher said of the exit of Matthews, calling him a friend he would miss. “Liberals always have to fight a two-front war: Republicans only have to fight Democrats, Democrats have to fight Republicans and each other.”
What does Maher get for his troubles? He nearly lost a college speaking gig for speaking bluntly about violence within Islam a few years ago. More recently, the far-Left Daily Beast savaged Maher as “despicably racist” for explaining how calling a virus by the place of its origin is neither inaccurate or bigoted.
The so-called “party of science” is struggling with the real deal these days, and Maher wasn’t having it.
Maher’s virus broadside hit liberals hard, especially when he noted that media outlets routinely used similar phrasing … until they realized they could weaponize the verbiage against Trump.
“You can’t yell at someone for breaking a rule you just made up,” he said, adding, “So why should China get a pass?”
Count up the number of prominent liberals blaming China for the current crisis. You can probably do it on one hand.
Last night, Maher begged liberal media outlets to cut the gloom and doom shtick. It starts, he said, with reporters seizing and pouncing on worst-case scenarios tied to the pandemic.
“The problem with non-stop doom and gloom is it gives Trump the chance to play the optimist,” Maher noted, before showing a shot of Obama’s iconic 2008 “HOPE” campaign poster. “And optimists tend to win American elections.”
“News sources have to rein it in. Everyone one knows corona is no walk in the park, because you literally can’t walk in the park,” he snarked. “But at some point the daily drumbeat of depression and terror veers into panic porn.”
The HBO host addressed the media directly here, but his message wasn’t meant just for today’s liberal reporters. Peers like Samantha Bee have been mocking Americans, including Trump, for daring to have hope amidst the crisis.
Many liberal commentators insist the nation stay locked down indefinitely, even into 2021 if necessary. Segments of Hollywood are singing the same dispiriting tune, ignoring the cold realities for out of work Americans.
Anne Frank spent 2 years hiding in an attic and we’ve been home for just over a month with Netflix, food delivery & video games and there are people risking viral death by storming state capital buildings & screaming, “Open Fuddruckers!”
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 18, 2020
How does that sound to Joe and Jane Sixpack who need their weekly paychecks to survive?
Heck, Maher even did the unthinkable for fellow liberals. He hinted that Trump’s attacks on the press have a point.
“We need the news to calm down and treat us like adults,” Maher concluded. “Trump calls you ‘fake news,’ don’t make him be right.”
Maher’s lectures matters precisely because it isn’t coming from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. He’s one of them, and he means them no harm. Maher is the curvy cheerleader screaming from the sidelines for a Hail Mary pass.
Are they listening?
Of course, he’s far from a perfect messenger. It’s hard to preach pragmatic political views one week, and then pine for a recession to further your agenda the next.
Still, few liberals have the platform, the gravitas and the ability to call out his peers quite like Maher.
The fact that Maher isn’t afraid to invite conservatives on his show is his sly but strong message all on its own. You can’t demonize fellow Americans and expect to win national elections. It will come back to haunt you.
Just ask Hillary “Deplorable” Clinton.