HBO talk show host Bill Maher took aim at Anthony Fauci and other medical experts over their ever-changing COVID guidance during the pandemic.
‘Don’t sit there in your white coat and tell me “just do what we say,”‘ Maher told Deadline in an interview on Friday of the medical community’s response to the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 860,000 lives since 2020.
‘That’s not a criticism of them like they’re being corrupt, although there certainly is plenty of corruption in the medical establishment,’ said the politically-minded comedian, who kicked off the 20th season of his hit HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday.
Maher did not express much confidence when asked if he felt that the medical establishment, or Dr. Fauci – the Chief Medical Advisor to the President of United States and nation’s leading infectious disease doctor – ‘really know what they are doing.’
‘But I’ve always maintained that the big overarching theme should be that people look back and say, “Oh, look how far we’ve come medically.”‘
Bill Maher (left) took at Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical experts over their guidance during the pandemic as the comedian kicked off the 20th season of his hit HBO show Friday
‘Yes, that’s true. We’re not putting wooden teeth in our mouth like in the George Washington era, and of course we have antibiotics and lots of vaccines and lots of other things that have been miraculous.’
‘But in general, we still don’t understand too much about how the human body works,’ Maher said.
Maher said that the virus is a still a ‘dominant issue’ in our lives right now despite the advice from Fauci and fellow medical experts, and shouldn’t be such an issue anymore.
‘I feel like Covid is still the dominant issue of our lives right now and it should not be anymore,’ said Maher before kicking off his show’s 20th season Friday.
The 66-year-old comedian, who tested positive for COVID-19 last May, added that the thus far, medical experts have been wrong about ‘a lot’ over the years.
‘They drilled mercury into my teeth when I was a child. Now, of course, we don’t do that anymore, but do you really think in 50 years people will look back and say, “Oh, yeah, we had it all figured out in 2022?” No, they will be appalled at things we’re doing right now.’
The 66-year-old comedian, who tested positive for COVID-19 last May, said Fauci and the medical community don’t ‘really know what they are doing’
Maher interviewed New York Rep. Ritchie Torres (left) and conservative journalist Bari Weiss (center) on his show
Despite the ongoing spread of the virus and emerging variants such as the Delta and Omicron strains, Maher told Deadline that he was ‘never scared’ of the pandemic.
‘I was always scared of the reaction to it, and as this has played out that only proved to be more true for me,’ he said.
‘It was never that virulent a threat, I thought, to people who were in good health,’ he continued.
‘Now, some people can’t help that they’re not in good health. We should, of course, protect the vulnerable, but it was mostly a disease of the very old, which every disease is a threat to, and people who have comorbidities, which mostly is due to lifestyle.’
Meanwhile, Maher did commend the success of the coronavirus vaccine, however he added that while it does prevent one from dying, it does not stop the transmission of the virus.
‘They just prevent you from dying, which is a great part of it, let’s not undercount that.’
‘But if they don’t prevent you from transmitting it and they don’t prevent you from getting it why are we still treating this disease the way we always have?’