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Fully vaccinated Bill Maher tests positive for COVID-19. And then leftists — whom the liberal ‘Real Time’ host has ripped of late — react with glee.

“Real Time with Bill Maher”
announced Thursday that its host — who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — has tested positive for the virus and that his Friday show has been canceled.

The tweet from the HBO show added that Maher “is asymptomatic and feels fine.”

“‘Real Time’ production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines,” the tweet added. “No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time.”

Maher issued
his own tweet on the situation:

“Thanks to all wishing me get well — hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it! Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode,” he wrote. “Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point.”

How did leftists react?

Given that Maher is an atheist and a liberal who regularly skewers conservatives, Republicans, and those who ascribe to religious faith, one might assume that those on the left would be in his corner and wishing him the best.

But Maher of late has been criticizing leftists for their dangerous and misguided behavior and self-inflicted injuries. In fact, on his program just
last Friday, Maher went after Democrats for being “fun-suckers” and even compared them to the Republicans of the 1980s and ’90s.

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And so, with their familiar brutality on full display, more than a few leftists were quite happy to hear that Maher contracted COVID-19 — and wished him nothing but the worst.

Imani Gandy — an editor for Rewire News Group who boasts over 230,000 Twitter followers —
posted the following:

Brianna Wu — executive director of Rebellion PAC — seemed to wish Maher well at the beginning of her tweet. But the sentiment was short lived:

Barbara Malmet — an artist and activist with nearly 250,000 followers — said in her
tweet about Maher’s positive COVID-19 result: “Karma is a bitch.”

Blue-check marked writer Alicia Lutes got cute with her
tweet:

Others shared similar sentiments:

  • A Democrat-supporting Twitter user with about 104,000 followers said, “Bill Maher testing positive for Covid is the only thing positive about him!”
  • Artist and writer Tony Posnanski, who boasts nearly 225,000 Twitter followers, wrote the following: “I don’t believe Bill Maher got vaccinated. I feel that he is a conceited asshole who thought he was smarter than Coronavirus. F*** him.”
  • A blogger offered that Maher “got the vaccine, so odds are he’ll be fine… …unfortunately.”
  • “You should probably just retire. As a leftist I thought I should let you know you’re not who you think you are, you’re actually just the other side of the Tucker Carlson coin,” another commenter said. “You do as much damage to the country as he does.”

Anything else?

The following are a few other examples of Maher pulling no punches with his left-leaning brethren:

  • He mocked attempts to erase the names of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: “Memo to social justice warriors: When what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop.”
  • He observed that the U.S. is falling behind on the world stage because Americans are far too focused on a “never-ending woke competition.”
  • He ripped progressive attempts to “sacrifice merit for equity” in U.S. education.
  • He blasted social justice warrior “brats” who “control the media.”
  • He even offered praise for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts during the pandemic while attacking the media’s “panic porn.”
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Katie Couric wants to know how we will ‘deprogram people who signed up for the cult of Trump’

During her appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Katie Couric attacked Republican members of Congress and President Donald Trump. Couric went so far as to ask, “How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

The former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show besieged Republican lawmakers who are friendly toward Trump. Couric appeared to assail Republicans such as Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who vowed to carry her gun into work in Washington, D.C.

Following the riots at the Capitol, metal detectors were installed in the building. Several Republican Congress members, including Boebert, objected to the metal detectors and searches.

“It is so shocking. … Not only are they not conceding, Bill, but their thoughts – that there might have been some collusion among members of Congress, some are refusing to go through magnetometers … to check for weapons, they’re not wearing masks during this siege,” Couric told Bill Maher.

Earlier this week, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also slammed GOP Congress members for not wearing face masks during the chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Pressley proclaimed that Republicans not wearing face masks was “criminal behavior,” and argued that the maskless politicians were engaging in “chemical warfare.”

Couric continued her condemnation of Republicans, “I mean, it’s really bizarre, isn’t it, when you think about how AWOL so many of these members of Congress have gotten. But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie.”

Couric declared, “And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”

Couric then called for the impeachment of Trump.

“But Bill, if you commit a crime and then you move, does that means we’re not going to charge you with a crime because you’re moving out of the neighborhood? I mean, it’s ludicrous,” Couric argued. “I think there have to be guardrails on presidential power. He incited violence. … He was really, really inciting violence.”

Couric fantasized about a “Hollywood ending” to Trump’s administration where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “comes out as the hero” to convict the president.

Couric celebrated Trump being banned from social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.

“You’re not allowed to yell fire at a crowded theater, so if you’re inciting violence and you’re spreading lies that are getting people fired up, encouraging violence, I think there should be some standard,” Couric said of the banning of Trump on social media.

The career talk show host gleefully welcomed Joe Biden as the next president, calling his inauguration an “important symbol of closing the chapter on Donald Trump.”

Maher cautioned that the 78-year-old Biden should hold a small, indoor inauguration ceremony to protect against a potential coronavirus risk.

“Joe Biden – he’s a friggin’ tragedy magnet,” Maher remarked. “He broke his foot playing with his dog. I mean, his eye exploded from blinking. We have got to treat this guy like the baby in ‘Children of Men.'”

Couric downplayed Biden’s previous health issues, while at the same time maligning Trump’s physique.

“I think he’s pretty vibrant and in good shape,” Couric defended Biden. “You saw him run across the stage when he made that speech. … I mean, compare his physical fitness to Donald Trump, hello!”

Couric will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!,” attempting to fill in for the late Alex Trebek.

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Bill Maher confronts Adam Schiff about mass exodus from California, cites Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro

Because of exorbitant taxes and draconian coronavirus restrictions, people and businesses have been moving out of California. The exodus out of California has been happening for years as the cost of living has become too expensive for many. On this week’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host complained about the mass departure.

Jordan Levine, a Senior Economist with the California Association of Realtors, noted that people are mostly moving to nearby states with lower taxes such as Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. In 2018, more than 86,000 people moved from California to Texas, and nearly 70,000 migrated to Arizona.

A 2019 University of California, Berkeley poll found that 71% of registered voters who left were leaving California over the high cost of living, while 58% cited high taxes, and 46% said they were departing the Golden State over political culture.

California’s large-scale egress was punctuated in the middle of 2020 when several big names proclaimed that they were moving out of the state.

In May, Elon Musk was frustrated by California’s stringent COVID-19 restrictions and declared that Tesla would move its headquarters to Texas or Nevada. Musk decided to build a new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, that should open in May 2021.

Massively popular podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan announced in July that he was moving from California to Texas.

Last month, Ben Shapiro announced that The Daily Wire would relocate its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville, Tennessee.

Two weeks ago, ultra-successful bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach suggested that he would leave California over the state’s tax increases. Gundlach has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, and he manages a hedge fund with assets adding up to $123 billion.

On Friday night, Bill Maher wanted to “b**** a little bit” about the mass exodus out of California. He did so during his “Real Time” interview with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

“California businesses are leaving the state in droves. In just 2018 and 19, which were economic boom years, 765 commercial facilities left, 13,000 between 2009 and 2016,” said Maher, who lives in California.

“Look, I came out here in 1983. I found paradise. I love California. I do. I don’t want to leave, but I feel like I’m living in Italy in the 70s or something,” said Maher, who is a liberal Democrat. “Super high taxes, potholes in the road, fires. I don’t know what I’m getting for my super-high taxes.”

Maher cited the departure of well-known names, “People talk about this a lot now and people are leaving. Like in my industry, Joe Rogan left, Ben Shapiro … Elon Musk talks about leaving.”

“What do you say about that as a California representative?” Maher asked Schiff, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“Well, I think we have to make every effort to make this a more business-friendly state,” Schiff replied. “And I don’t think that there’s anything incompatible with being progressive and also wanting to make sure that this is a place that businesses can survive and thrive.”

California has voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in every general election dating back to 1992, and has had a Democratic governor since 2011.

Also during this week’s episode of “Real Time,” Schiff said that he supports abolishing the Electoral College.

“I think we’re better off focusing on discrete amendments to the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and make sure that we can have elections untampered or uninfluenced by excessive expenditures and dark money,” Schiff told Maher. “And I would favor doing away with the Electoral College system.”

Eliminating the Electoral College system would require a constitutional amendment, a process that would involve approval by two-thirds of the House, two-thirds of the Senate, and three-fourths of all states to agree upon. Schiff acknowledged that this is very unlikely to happen any time soon.

“[The Founders] were great back then, but they were not Nostradamus, they couldn’t see a lot of s*** that was going to happen,” Maher said. “This is a tough sell in a lot of America, where there’s people who believe that the Constitution was literally delivered by Jesus.”

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Former New York Times opinion editor blasts cancel culture as ‘social murder’ on Bill Maher’s show

Former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss ripped cancel culture and had some parting shots at her former employer during her appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday.

“We’re used to criticism. Criticism is kosher in the work that we do,” Weiss told Bill Maher. “Criticism is great. What cancel culture is about is not criticism. It is about punishment. It is about making a person radioactive. It is about taking away their job.”

“The writer Jonathan Rauch [of The Atlantic] called it social murder. And I think that’s right,” she said.

“It’s not just about punishing the sinner. It’s not just about punishing the person for being insufficiently pure,” Weiss explained. “It’s about this sort of secondary boycott of people who would deign to speak to that person or appear on a platform with that person.”

“And we see just very obviously where that kind of politics gets us,” she continued. “If conversation with people that we disagree with becomes impossible, what is the way that we solve conflict? It’s violence.”

“That’s an enormous problem because what it’s meant is the collapse of moderates,” the former Times writer said. “It’s meant the collapse of the center and the retribalization of this country and the whole deal with this country, the reason that it’s exceptional with all of its flaws is because we depart from history.”

“We say that clannishness, tribalism, that we can overcome that, that there’s something bigger than lineage or kin or the political tribe we belong to,” she said on the HBO talk show. “And I think what we’re seeing right now, and it’s a very scary moment, is a kind of returning to the mean of history. And I think it is up to us to defend the ideas that made this country unique and a departure of history.”

Weiss said that “politics has come to supplant religion,” where people on the right see President Donald Trump as a “deity,” and people on the left who believe “anything less than defunding the police or abolish the police to choose the issue of the day, makes you something like a heretic.”

Weiss resigned from The New York Times last month with a scathing public letter to publisher A.G. Sulzberger. Weiss wrote that her “forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views.” She alleges that coworkers called her a “Nazi and a racist,” making for a “hostile work environment.”

“Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action,” she wrote. “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.”

Weiss also talked about her fiery departure from the New York Times, and provided some criticisms of the newspaper of record.

“The reason that Twitter is the assigning editor of The New York Times is because the printing press isn’t the printing press anymore. It’s because the printing press is in each one of our pockets,” Weiss said.

“To do our job well, writers and editors, we need to have a level of bravery and thick skin and fearlessness,” she said. “And when you’re living in fear of an online mob, you know, all it takes is a dozen people to repeat a lie about you — that you’re a racist, that you’re a transphobe, that you’re a bigot — for that lie to become true and that’s extremely dangerous.”

This week’s episode of “Real Time” also featured Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams, who was one of 150 liberal writers, journalists, and academics who signed an open letter calling for an end to cancel culture. Others who signed the open letter include Weiss, “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling, philosopher Noam Chomsky, and feminist Gloria Steinem.

“What strikes me about it is the pushback is coming from liberals and almost everyone who signs this letter … is a liberal!” Maher said. “Bari, the fact that you — they call you a centrist or right-winger! I mean, if a hip, millennial, Jewish bisexual girl living in San Francisco is not a liberal … who is these days?”

“What we’re trying to say with the letter – and what Thomas did in forming it – was saying what’s happening now with this growing culture of illiberalism is different from criticism,” Weiss stated.

Williams said that “cancellation” isn’t about “bringing down elites back to Earth” but instead causes an “onlooker effect” that has “a chilling and stifling and narrowing influence on all of our behaviors.”

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