Bill Maher isn’t a physician, nor does he play one on TV.
He’s only a political satirist who, primarily based on latest clues, is beginning to learn news stories outdoors the corrupt mainstream media bubble.
Days in the past, the host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” praised old-school journalist Bari Weiss for debuting The Free Press, a news outlet devoted to honest reportage.
This week, Maher invited famed biologist Richard Dawkins on his “Club Random” podcast. Their pleasant, wide-ranging dialogue touched on science and, extra particularly, the COVID-19 pandemic.
The podcaster appeared way more up to the mark on fundamental pandemic truths than the biologist. At occasions, it wasn’t even shut.
Maher kicked off the pandemic portion of the chat by calling himself a “medical skeptic” with a caveat.
“I just question everything,” the comic mentioned. “I’m not an anti-vaxxer. I believe vaccines are a medical intervention like every other drug which has some drawbacks, benefits. I don’t believe that everybody has the same health profile so every medical intervention just like any other drug isn’t appropriate for everybody.”
That sane strategy might need gotten him banned on Twitter simply months in the past. It nonetheless may get him in hassle on platforms like YouTube or Facebook, websites that haven’t been given a transparency improve a la Elon Musk’s Twitter.
That line of pondering suggests Maher is perusing websites past CNN.com and The Washington Post, which principally regurgitate CDC info.
Dawkins countered that vaccinations are sometimes about extra than simply particular person recipients. They profit society as an entire in countering the unfold of an sickness.
“That’s not right with COVID because we found out the vaccine does not prevent transmission or getting it. That argument is, at best, out of date,” mentioned Maher.
“Well, it’s certainly right for measles, mumps and rubella,” mentioned Dawkins, altering the topic.
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“I’m not an anti-measles vaccine crusader,” Maher mentioned, steering the dialog again on matter. “The issue now is COVID, and that is an outdated argument. [The vaccination] is only for you.”
Maher then introduced up how “16,000 doctors and scientists” signed the Great Barrington Declaration in 2020 disputing the government-imposed lockdowns to battle the pandemic.
“Did you hear about this?” Maher requested.
“No,” Dawkins admitted.
“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grace concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of prevailing COVID 19 policies,” the GBD reads.
The Great Barrington Declaration addressed insurance policies now seen by many as a failure on many ranges, from mental health woes to economic disparities. Meanwhile, Sweden’s lockdown-free strategy led to among the best results.
We simply discovered by means of the Twitter Files investigation that Twitter “intentionally blacklisted, censored, suppressed, and targeted the GBD and its signers” to assist Dr. Anthony Fauci’s lockdown suggestions.
Thanks to Musk releasing the #TwitterFiles to Weiss and Taibbi, we’ve extra perception into Twitter’s inner censorship insurance policies. Until the NIH releases extra info, the Twitter Files increase extra questions than solutions.@PhilWMagness @davidmwaugh01https://t.co/rOzyQLszjT
— Independent Institute (@IndependentInst) December 13, 2022
That helps clarify why Dawkins hadn’t heard of it, regardless of his mental prowess. And, because of Twitter censorship, he’s not alone.
Maher defined that specialists who didn’t toe the CDC line to the letter confronted punishment over the previous two-plus years, be it from Big Tech censors or Dr. Fauci.
We later discovered Dr. Fauci allegedly used his power and influence to snuff out the Declaration.
“Now look, the vaccine obviously saved a lot of lives but they were wrong about the transmission,” Maher mentioned.
Dawkins basically ignored him.
“I don’t know about the 16,000 doctors. I just know that the COVID pandemic has been a triumph of science in the speed with which these vaccines were developed, and it’s a beautiful story.” Dawkins mentioned.
“Agreed, but only a part of the story,” Maher mentioned.
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Dawkins mentioned the vaccine replicates what the physique’s immunity techniques create however “in a harmless way.”
Again, Maher wasn’t having it.
“At best yes, that’s how it’s supposed to work… but as we know, every medical intervention, including vaccines, you can read the literature for all of them, will say they have side effects, so it’s not exactly mimicking what your body does,” Maher mentioned. “It should be anyone’s personal right to say, ‘You know what I know has always worked for me? My immune system.’”
Other nations have banned the COVID-19 vaccines as a result of they’re too harmful for youngsters.
Why does the mainstream media not speak about this?
Dr. Ranata Moon: “We are being asked to inject this product into our nation’s kids who have essentially a 0% risk of harm.” pic.twitter.com/OVA2XKG3TM
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) December 9, 2022
Maher added Americans have a proper to find out their very own well being plans primarily based on their wants, citing how most COVID-19 deaths have been among the many aged and overweight.
Later, Dawkins argued on behalf of the now doubtful hope of herd immunity. Once once more, Maher shot him down.
“The idea that provided enough people get vaccinated, then the epidemic has nowhere to go,” Dawkins mentioned.
“But it didn’t work that way,” Maher mentioned. Countries around the globe discovered that lesson the arduous approach, inoculating massive swathes of the inhabitants with out eradicating the virus.
Maher famous that he acquired COVID-19 a month after getting his vaccine. He added CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky contracted the virus after a number of boosters.
NEW: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has examined constructive for COVID-19, the CDC says. https://t.co/eJxOS3Gp3n
— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2022
Dawkins dismissed each examples as mere anecdotes, despite the fact that we’ve heard many related tales.
“It’s an anecdote that is very typical,” Maher mentioned.
Later, Maher talked about a Boston lab experiment that created an much more highly effective, and doubtlessly deadly, version of the virus. Once once more, it caught Dawkins napping.
“It’s this, you know, gain of function. Is that what they call it where they think that’s maybe how COVID started in the lab in Wuhan to begin with where this was this gain of function,” Maher mentioned.
“I haven’t heard that phrase,” Dawkins mentioned.
“Gain of function” has been an alarming a part of the pandemic narrative. Some say that pressure of analysis led to the unique COVID-19 virus which killed tens of millions throughout the globe. Fauci critics counsel he helped fund that research.