There is little doubt that comedian and long-time host of HBO’s “Real Time” weekly program is a liberal, but he’s a liberal in the 1960s-1970s sense of the word.
He’s not a hard-left lunatic like an increasing number of people in the party he routinely votes for, so it makes sense that, in recent months, he has been increasingly critical of Democratic politics, policymakers, and constituencies, the latter to include the ‘mainstream media.’
On his Friday program, Maher took the so-called “mainstream media” to task for failing to report the stunning (and damning) revelations contained on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden that he abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware in 2019 — revelations that were first unearthed by the New York Post, which was quickly censored by the big tech platforms and falsely accused of publishing “Russian disinformation” by 51 members of the U.S. intelligence community.
“I remember reading about this a couple of years ago, the New York Post came across… Hunter Biden’s computer, which he apparently left at a computer repair store,” Maher recalled.
During his panel discussion on Friday night, Maher noted that in “John Adams’ day” young America had “different newspapers for different parties” and what “brought it home to me” was how The Washington Post, as well as The New York Times, recently authenticated both the laptop and, in essence, all of the materials on it that were uncovered by The Post roughly two weeks before the November 2020 election.
Maher noted that Hunter Biden should never have left his computer with other people “just for the personal stuff” that was reportedly found on it.
“I remember reading about this a couple of years ago, the New York Post came across… Hunter Biden’s computer, which he apparently left at a computer repair store. I didn’t even know they existed. And if anyone should not leave his computer with other people, it would be Hunter Biden just for the personal stuff,” Maher said. “But it also had stuff about how, you know, c’mon, he’s a ne’er-do-well. I’m sorry, Hunter Biden, but you are… You made a living being ne’er-do-well who was taking money just because you were the vice president’s son and you had influence.”
“He got, I think $4.8, yes, million from Chinese energy companies to sit on the board and consult. Yeah, that was his passion in life,” Maher quipped. “His exploration, hooker exploration, was his passion.”
He added: “So the New York Post got a hold of what was in the computer. And, you know, because the New York Post is a Republican paper, and The New York Times and The Washington Post are the Democratic paper[s]… And the Republican paper, Twitter… canceled their account! They can’t even report on this story. And now two years later, The New York Times and The Washington Post have come around and say, ‘Okay, there was something there.'”
He went on to say that the initial Post reporting should have been taken with a “giant thing of salt” since the paper was given a copy of the hard drive Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon, but “not two years.”
“It looks like the left-wing media just buried the story because it wasn’t part of their narrative and that’s why people don’t trust the media,” Maher said.
Maher is wrong about the ‘giant grain of salt’ thing — after all, the same news outlets lapped up the Clinton campaign’s Russian dossier fakery like it was gospel, just before the 2016 election, but he’s right about why fewer and fewer Americans trust the legacy media.