Even a broken clock gets things right twice a day. Friday on his HBO show Real Time, comedian Bill Maher correctly noted that after the recent Virginia gun rally ended peacefully, “You could see how disappointed the media was that the Civil War didn’t break out.”
After his guest, former FNC and NBC host Megyn Kelly, argued that there is political bias in the news media, Maher countered that the media is really biased towards “money and conflict. Because that’s what sells.”
“I was watching the Virginia rally this week. There was a gun rally. It was peaceful,” he continued. “And you could see how disappointed the media was that the Civil War didn’t break out. That’s what I think the media bias is, more than politics.”
Maher was right about the disappointment but wrong about the bias. Yes, conflict sells, but the news media unquestionably leans hard left and is heavily invested in promoting a progressive agenda and portraying gun control opponents as dangerous radicals — hence their disappointment at the peaceful assembly.