On Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher called for a new slogan for these wild times: ‘Make America Learn Again.’ Pointing out the proliferation of fake news and rampant skepticism on our social media feeds, Maher remarked that “we don’t seem to want smart people in our lives any more.”
“Smart presidents? Can’t have that. Scientists? What do they know? Newspaper editors? Liars, fake news!” he said. Even the president of the United States has launched a continuous attack on the news media for stating facts about his administration.
Maher lamented that most people now get their news through Facebook “by sharing, or as it used to be called, hearsay.” And while Facebook can be a good place to follow respectable news outlets, the abundance of fake articles has turned it into a minefield. So, Maher asks, “This Valentine’s Day, can we please fall in love with knowledge again?”