Liberal television host Bill Maher accused the liberal media of overreacting to the conservatives and former President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, saying that Republicans in states like Florida and Texas have done a better job on the issue than blue states.
"And media, well, I think we all know, if it bleeds, it leads. The more — the more they can get you to stay inside and watch their panic porn, the higher the ratings," said Maher.
Maher did complain about how conservative media pushed misinformation on some issues, but then returned to bashing the left-wing media, saying they had misinformed the public.
"But what about liberals? In a recent Gallup survey, Democrats did much worse than Republicans in getting the right answer to the fundamental question: What are the chances that someone who gets COVID will need to be hospitalized? The answer is between one and five percent — 41 percent of Democrats thought it was over 50 percent. Another 28 percent put the chances at 20 to 49 (percent)," Maher said. "So if the right-wing media bubble has to own things like climate change denial, shouldn't liberal media have to answer for 'How did your audience end up believing such a bunch of crap about COVID?'"
Maher said that Republican-run states have turned out better than those run by Democrats.
"But, to many liberals, ‘That can't be right because Texas and beach-loving Florida have Republican governors.' But life is complicated," said Maher. "I've read that the governor of Florida reads. I know we like to think of Florida as only middle school teachers on bath salts having sex with their students in front of an alligator. But apparently the governor is also a voracious consumer of the scientific literature, and maybe that's why he protected his most vulnerable population — the elderly — way better than did the governor of New York."