The modern media seems to love making accusations and having melt downs on the air.
But this recent exchange showed that a politician and journalist can have a decent conversation and even find common ground.
This was just shown when Ted Cruz talks about a major security issue with Bill Maher in a surprisingly friendly exchange.
A throwback to a time when the Left and Right could engage in civil debate
Bill Maher is not, never was, and probably never will be a conservative.
What he is, is a throwback to the 1990s when liberals were keen to engage in political debate.
Now, that sort of dialogue is, to put it mildly, out of vogue on the political Left.
As prominent conservative speakers are habitually shouted down and chased off of college campuses and professors are fired for simply voicing disagreement with prevailing leftist orthodoxy on matters of gender and race, it is fair to say that in many “institutions of higher learning” free speech is under assault.
Given this unfortunate reality, it’s refreshing to see when this is not the case.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared as a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.
The two got along surprisingly well and found some agreement on matters of free speech.
Cruz was featured in a one-on-one segment with Maher, and he also participated in a panel discussion.
Cruz said, “You have a show where the Right and Left talk to each other. I don’t know of another show on TV that does that. We live in these separate echo chambers.”
"This is a terrible place for America to be, where half the people hate it that we're just talking."
— Real Time with Bill Maher (@RealTimers) November 11, 2023
Maher said, “I feel so bad about all the jokes I have done about you” and described their conversations on the program as “a good time.”
Cruz was at his best when he broke down everything wrong with the Biden Administration’s approach to border security and illegal immigration.
He said, “It’s actually very simple. Secure the border, and when you apprehend someone send them home. When Joe Biden started, we had the lowest illegal immigration in 45 years. And he came in and he immediately reimposed catch and release and now we have the worst rate of illegal immigration in our nation’s history.”
Cruz later appeared with host Dan Dakich of Outkick on Don’t @ Me, and recounted his earlier conversation with Maher.
Cruz: “I believe if our country is going to survive, we have to talk to each other”
Cruz said, “I had a blast on the show with Bill Maher. I’ve watched it for a long time. First time I’ve ever been on the show. I respect Bill Maher. He’s an old school liberal. So, him and I disagree on a lot of issues, but he believes in things like free speech, and he actually has the courage to stand up and defend them.”
He continued, “One of the real problems we have in America is we live in separate universes. The right listens to right wing media. The left listens to left wing media. We don’t talk to each other, and we live…The worlds are so different, if someone disagrees with you on social media, you unfriend them and everyone is in an echo chamber. And, I believe if our country is going to survive, we have to talk to each other.”
Cruz has recently released his book, Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America and promoted it in the episode with Maher.
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.