- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Liberal talk show host Bill Maher went after the mainstream media during an interview with CNN Monday night, saying he doesn’t trust them to cover the 2020 presidential election fairly.

“No, I don’t trust the media,” Mr. Maher told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time” when asked whether the media can fairly “police” the election.

“I don’t have a lot of faith,” Mr. Maher said. “We don’t live in the era of news divisions as loss leaders like we used to. The news division didn’t used to have to make a profit. Then that changed and now you have to report to the board like everybody else and show your earnings, and in that atmosphere, they’re always going to be looking for eyeballs.

“That’s going to be the most important thing is getting people to click, getting people to watch,” he said. “Look at how much they over-covered Hillary’s emails in 2016.”

Mr. Cuomo added that in the current political environment, where “people want confirmation and echo,” he often has to take heat from the left for “going after the Democrats” on CNN.

“Welcome to my world,” Mr. Maher noted, “because I’m one of the few people out there also that has no team. Even though I think I have a team — I certainly caucus with the Democrats and as long as Donald Trump is president, I am down-the-line Democrat.

“I go after them because they need going after. They need some tough love, and I’m not going to stop,” he added. “But yes, their stuff is raggedy, too. They have some they have to answer for. And they don’t help themselves a lot. I think a lot of this far-left political correctness is a cancer on progressivism.

“When you talk to Trump supporters, they’re not blind to his myriad flaws but they always say is, ‘He’s not politically correct,’” he continued. “I don’t think you can overestimate how much people have been choking on political correctness and hate it. There were two studies about this recently. … The vast majority of liberals in this country hate it. They think political correctness has gone way too far. No one likes to be living on eggshells.”

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