Exactly - the notion that opinions deserve "equal time" seems pervasive. If 99.9% of credible scientists believe something and 3% of people with no education "think" something (with nothing to back them up) they demand that their "opinion" be respected.
Without any sense of irony, @mattm16 acknowledges that he "thinks" certain things but cannot justify them. He actually said the following - could there possibly be a more anit-intellectual admission?
"I don't have facts to back up what I think. I just think certain ways." @mattm16 2021
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov
I know four that have died, two in the last 10 days. How many people do you know that have had small pox? Polio? The answer is none because we’ve eliminated it with vaccines. People survived those diseases too, but it killed millions.