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Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman fired back at liberals who criticized her last week after Silverman told MSNBC host Joy Reid that she should read articles before commenting on them.
What is the background?
Early in December, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced plans to revive the Florida State Guard, a civilian force over which he would have total control. Democrats and media members, including Reid, immediately responded by raising hysteria, claiming it proved DeSantis has authoritarian impulses.
"So… y’all know this is fascisty bananas, right…?" Reid responded on Twitter, linking to a CNN story detailing DeSantis' plan.
However, the CNN story that Reid shared plainly stated that Florida would become the 23rd state in the United States to have such a force activated, thus disproving any notion of fascistic behavior from DeSantis. Silverman used the opportunity to make a point.
"Please read the article before you post this stuff you’re a news outlet," Silverman told Reid. "The truth has to matter."
What happened now?
Silverman responded to the incident on her podcast last week. Specifically, Silverman pushed back against criticism that she received from the liberals.
"We're so divided we can't even criticize, critique the people [on] our own side. We can’t even critique anyone in your own party without punishment,” Silverman explained on her podcast.
“One of the hosts of 'The View' was like, ‘What hubris for Sarah Silverman to accuse a black woman of not reading,’ Oy! Jesus H— What the f— I f***ing— I surrender! Good grief!" Silverman continued. "I cannot believe I need to say this, but I did not criticize Joy Ann because she’s black, but because she’s a Harvard-educated journalist with the responsibility ideally of showing the whole picture and not just a piece of a picture."
After noting the complexities of political journalism — that opinions are often mixed together with news — Silverman lamented that most news is tainted with bias.
"Where do I get just the plain old news?” Silverman asked. “I need a news outlet that’s just the facts, something that I can draw my own opinion. It’s just facts, and then I draw my own opinion on it. That’d be so nice. I’d like to draw my own conclusions sometimes. I mean, I’m interested in other people’s thoughts, but, um, it can’t only be that.”
“And good grief!” she continued. “You dare criticize anything in your own party, you’re the enemy. And that kind of black and white thinking on both sides...it’s such a turn-off to me: That ‘you’re either with us or against us’ kind of vibe with no room for questions or critique — it feels very not liberal to me."
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News