Joe Rogan is back to vaccine-bashing.
The podcasting provocateur interviewed premium cable pundit Bill Maher on “The Joe Rogan Experience” this week, and the two critics apparently found common ground on the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t trust them to tell me the truth about what they put in there,” said Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time.”
“Most people are giving us too much credit for where we are medically,” he said. “My point of view is we are still at the infancy of understanding how the human body works. So don’t tell me things like, ‘Just do what we say, don’t question it. When have we ever been wrong?’ A LOT,” he concluded.
“All the time!” echoed Rogan, who infamously inspired hundreds of medical experts to release a public statement decrying Spotify for disseminating Rogan’s dangerous “misinformation,” which subsequently prompted a high-profile boycott of the streaming platform, including by artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
Their accord may come as no surprise amid Rogan’s media portrayal as an agent of “misinformation”; Maher, meanwhile, has steadily alienated himself from the liberal audiences who once counted on “Real Time” as a voice of reason. On his show earlier this year, the 65-year-old former comedian slammed the “medical-industrial complex” for spreading “misinformation” about COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic, during a time when little was understood about the novel coronavirus.
In this week’s conversation with Rogan, Maher also pretended to be a healthcare expert, mockingly saying: “ ’We are perfectly certain that this vaccine is safe!’ You don’t f—king know that!”
Rogan, meanwhile, added to Maher’s point, noting that pharmaceutical companies which manufacture vaccines bring in an “insane” payoff. He also suggested there is less thorough testing on drugs than some have received in the past.
“They’ve taken hundreds of drugs off the market,” Maher said.
“All the time,” Rogan responded. “They do it every year.”