Comedian and podcast host Bill Maher and legendary director Oliver Stone slammed CNN for its reporting.
The duo discussed the 2020 election on Maher’s podcast “Club Random,” with Stone saying he didn’t fully believe that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election.
“We believed all the east coast, the media, the elite that he was going to fail and both, yes, they were wrong. We would love to see them being wrong. Don’t we. The media elite, because they really went too far in hating and dumping on Trump. And people don’t like that in America,” Stone said. “They did it too much.”
“Well, yes, I was actually having this discussion about the CNN network recently,” Maher said, “and you know, I want there to be a CNN in the world. You know, something that I couldn’t, I used to be able to count on them. And I still do–”
“What a joke,” Stone chimed in. (RELATED: ‘There’s A Little Racism In There’: Bill Maher Calls Out Donna Brazil For Mispronouncing Vivek Ramaswamy’s Name)
“– Some of it, just give it to me straight doc, just give me the news. And, you know, they had this town hall with Trump about six months ago and it was, they kind of took a lot of flack for it,” Maher continued. “But he was adored by the audience who were Republicans, I guess, and independents, I think they said both, but whoever it was, they fucking loved him. And then the panel comes on after and they do nothing but shit on Trump and what a liar he is.”
“And as a viewer, I’m thinking, ‘You know what? I fucking hate Trump. I know he’s a liar, but this is boring. First of all, we know it and you’re not trying to get at what I think would get a better audience for you, which is putting forward just the notion ‘why’. Why do these people, this entire audience of people, can we just – why do they like him so much?'”
“What are you doing that is so off-putting if even if they don’t like him that much that they prefer him to you!” Maher said.
Stone agreed, arguing that CNN’s coverage of Trump drove people to like Trump more.