As we observed yesterday in the lie about Peter Boghassion, James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose (PZ always seems to forget she was an integral part of the team), if you stray at all from PZ Myers’s evangelical progressive dogma, you’re branded a right-winger.
Bill Maher – a comedian – has in the past said some contrarian things that violate the sacred dogmas of PZ’s tightly held ideology. Most people on the left, we think, would find him generally amenable to their worldview. Few, if any, on the right would think the same. But, for PZ, it doesn’t matter if Maher is on the left, what matters is where he is on the left. And if he’s not saying the things PZ wants him to say all the time, well, there’s a problem. A big one.
And if we’ve learned nothing else about PZ, we know that when he senses an ideological enemy, that gives him free reign to lie with impunity.
PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:
When did “liberal” become a slur? It wasn’t when the Republicans started sneering at the word. That was a mark of honor. I was happy to call myself a liberal during Reagan’s term.https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/10/04/when-did-liberal-become-a-slur/
It really started going rancid when Bill Maher adopted the label. “Liberal” now meant sexist hack and apologist for war and racism.
In this snippet, PZ claims Maher is a “sexist hack and apologist for war and racism.” On it’s face, it sounds like a fantastic claim. Maher is employed by a relatively progressive company – HBO – and makes at least eight figures a year hosting a popular comedic news and analysis program. Why would HBO employ a sexist and an apologist for racism? That would be something, one would think, in which the network would be interested.
If it were true. But it’s not.
PZ could, if asked, produce plenty of evidence supporting his claim that Maher is sexist. We’ve heard him tell jokes that could be construed as sexist and, regardless of whether or not the interpretation would be valid, we’re not going to call that claim a lie.
We will, however, slap the label on the other two claims.
Maher can in no way be seen as an “apologist for war” writ large. PZ cites an ironically named “Truthdig” post as evidence of his claims about Maher, but the most they could produce on this front is a clip of him arguing, years ago, that Vietnam was necessary to demonstrate American resolve in the face of Communist aggression. They also cite another video from 2013 where Maher claims Iraq, by nature of its continued existence, is doing better than he thought it would.
Does that sound like someone who is an “apologist for war”?
The evidence for the claim of “apologist for racism” is even more flimsy. PZ, via Truthdig, offers the following evidence:
“I would be a Republican if they would. Which means that I like the Barry Goldwater Republican Party, even the Reagan Republican Party.” His choice in naming the two figures whose mission was to upend the liberal order, often through appeals to racism and white nationalism, is telling.https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-phony-liberalism-of-bill-maher/
We don’t fact-check Truthdig – although it looks like someone should start – but the idea that either Goldwater or Reagan appealed to racism and white nationalism is also a lie. The evidence Truthdig cites links to a Salon.com piece that is similarly confused and untruthful, and in the end offers up no evidence.
A skeptic, or just someone interested in the truth, would do a bit of deep, unbiased research before slinging slurs around the interwebs. PZ Myers has exposed himself in recent years to be neither a skeptic nor a truth seeker.
For him, it’s all about the ideology. Is it a biased source who says what he wants to hear? It must be the truth! No further inquiries needed.
He used to make fun of people who did this. He used to expose them as frauds.
He’s now become one.
Today: 1 science-related post, 3 posts on other stuff
Since 30 May 19: 114 science-related posts, 433 non-science posts.
21% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science.
Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie
Since 30 May 19: 133 PZ Myers Lies
Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.