Nellie Bowles
On Friday's broadcast of HBO's "Real Time," former New York Times reporter and current reporter and Head of Strategy at the Free Press Nellie Bowles argued that a full reversal of the left-wing excesses of 2020 should include "apologies to the people who got in a lot of trouble when they opposed those MIT DEI statements, let's say, or maybe some people would get their jobs back" but that hasn't happened.

Host Bill Maher said, "[W]e just had the fourth anniversary of the George Floyd murder, which, obviously changed a lot in this country. I think the big headline there should always be that it was a good thing that more of America got more impatient with racism, that's the main thing. But, like with everything in America โ€” like with everything, we never just react, we overreact. And now some of these things seem to โ€” that came out right after that seem to be being rolled back. For example, defund the police, that was a big thing, people aren't doing that anymore. And candidates who are for it aren't winning. DEI, that seems to have fizzled out a little bit and people said we did too much of that.

Forcing diversity statements, MIT said they're not going to do that anymore. That's where, when you โ€” to get the job, you had to write out, here's what I would do to help the cause. It's like, okay, just be a good human being, we don't have to get the statement like we're in the Soviet Union."

Bowles responded, "I don't think that we're in a point where this is being walked back or this is being totally reversed until we see maybe like some apologies to the people who got in a lot of trouble when they opposed those MIT DEI statements, let's say, or maybe some people would get their jobs back, a lot of people lost their jobs in the kind of spasms of cancellations over the last few years. You don't see any of that happening."