In a softball interview that aired on Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Bill Maher claimed the problem with Obamacare is “too much capitalism.”
“The problem with ObamaCare is not too much socialism,” he told Harry Smith. “It’s still too much capitalism. The reason why it’s so screwed up is because we have to have this Rube Goldberg plan that allows for pharmaceutical companies to get their cut and insurance companies to get their cut and hospitals to enrich themselves and doctors to get rich. It should be a non-profit thing.”
Sunday’s interview came on the heels of controversial remarks in which Maher called the Christian God a “psychotic mass murderer” and said America is stupid because 60 percent of the country believes the biblical story of Noah.
NBC’s Harry Smith didn’t press Maher on his comment about Obamacare, nor did he ask Maher about any of his outrageous comments during the interview.
Newsbusters‘ Jeffrey Meyer observed:
The interview began with Smith commenting how Maher is “reliably funny and reliably liberal” and allowed Maher to openly argue that the Republican Party “drove the short bus to crazy town at a certain point.” Not once did Smith ask Maher about his past comments, such as when he called President Reagan a “anti-government, union-busting, race-baiting, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, who cut rich people’s taxes in half, had an incurable case of the military-industrial complex, and said Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom.”
Maher has said and done much worse than this, as we have reported.
In 2011, for example, he smeared Christians as people who “love killing,” and called Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann “mentally retarded.”
He also claimed that GOP opposition to Obama’s economic initiatives is treason.
Maher is also well known for using profane and misogynistic slurs against conservative women like Sarah Palin.
He also allowed gay sex columnist Dan Savage to declare his desire to see all Republicans dead.
Meyer said the face that Smith didn’t mention any of Maher’s brutally outrageous comments reveals a lack of journalistic integrity at NBC.
“The fact that Harry Smith would sit down and laughed with a man with this track record of ugliness is astonishing and shows the lack of journalistic integrity at NBC News. Instead of condemning Maher for his nasty rhetoric, Smith and Gregory both promoted Maher as having a unique perspective on American politics rather than exposing him for what he truly is,” Meyer wrote.
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