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Bill Maher criticizes the government for censoring “dissenting views” on the COVID-19 pandemic that were “right.”

“Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday criticized the government, medical authorities and social media platforms for suppressing “dissent” on COVID-19 opinions.

“Over the years, we’ve seen that the dissenting opinions on many of these things have been entirely correct,” the HBO host told his guest, author and journalist Kara Swisher.

The conversation began when Maher brought up Murthy V. Missouri, a Supreme Court case that arose from a lawsuit by attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana accusing government officials of colluding with social media companies to filter posts online to censor.

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher recently criticized the government and social media companies for collusion to shut down dissent on COVID-19. (HBO)

This supposedly The censored posts included statements about COVID-19 and Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Swisher disagreed with Maher’s arguments, noting that it’s a confusing time for everyone.

Maher said earlier in the interview that he has “always maintained throughout the pandemic that the debate on medical issues should not be shut down.”

“I was a dissenter on many of these issues,” he said, before noting that there were valuable opinions that were silenced or discouraged at the height of the pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook – now Meta – said last year that “the establishment…kind of waffled on a number of facts and called for censorship of a number of things that in retrospect turned out to be more questionable or more true.”

On “Real Time,” Swisher told Maher that “we won’t know for sure.”

The moderator continued by providing examples of where speeches on this topic were discouraged.

“Okay, but we could have argued about whether it came from a lab, which it didn’t. Things like that,” he said. “Natural immunity – whether it would be better to go to the beach and get some sun and fresh air, as I would have said, rather than sitting at home drinking all day and gaining weight.”

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Maher pointed out that the establishment censored COVID-19 information that was later found to be accurate. ((AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File))

“You never mentioned that obesity was the biggest factor,” Maher continued. “You have a lot to answer for.”

Swisher replied, “They do, but you’re in the middle of a plague and a debate that people don’t know about, and that’s why you’re going to…”

Maher interrupted: “Yes, so you should be able to discuss it – it’s medicine.”

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“Yes, you should,” Swisher replied. “This is not – the moment was not – people make mistakes, and science says they make mistakes.”

Maher provided further background information on the lawsuit.

“There were two doctors, Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff. Coming from Stanford and Harvard, they said, ‘We’ve been shut down. Not always completely, but there are ways to do it.’”

“And they are not radicals,” he said. “They said that we were going too far with school closures – and I think that has been confirmed. My question has always been, ‘Why are your doctors more important than my doctors that I want to listen to?’ “

“And the social media companies have been at odds with the government,” Maher said.

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