Keith Kloor on Bill Maher, vaccines and GMOs: “Nobody makes liberals look like asses more than Maher”

| | February 9, 2015
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Bill Maher, the comedian and host of his own HBO show, is God’s gift to conservatives. Nobody makes liberals look likes asses more than Maher. You think I’m kidding? Try watching Maher’s latest show without banging your head against the wall (if you’re an evidence-based, science-minded-liberal).

Maher, towards the end of his opening rant, starts blathering about the dangers of Monsanto and GMOs. Mark Hoofnagle observes at his Denialist blog what ensued:

There is a moment then when the conservative John McCormack butts in and points out there is no evidence that GMOs are harmful, and Maher and his panel of ignoramuses are shocked into silence, and one panelist gives this weighty sigh and covers her face in horror and Maher simply sighs. No, Bill Maher, it is we that should be asking you to justify your foolishness here, McCormack, the conservative who should supposedly be the one without the liberal bias of reality asked the right question. Where is your data? Where is the proof? There is no evidence, and worse, no even plausible mechanism by which he can describe the current GMO foods on the market to be harmful to humans.

Look, we’ve been here before with Maher. He’s been saying asinine things about vaccines and GMOs for years. Science bloggers and writers have taken him to task for the former; in recent years they have started paying attention to the latter.

Read full, original blog: Bill Maher and his Unscientific Beliefs

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