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Maher to media: ‘Get serious again’

HBO host Bill Maher on Friday implored the news media to "get serious again" about the stories it covers after two recent polls showed the American public trusts President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE more than the press. 

On "Real Time," Maher specifically referenced a Feb. 17 Fox News poll showing by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin, more voters say they trust the Trump administration to “tell the public the truth” than journalists who cover the White House.

"For the press to be effective, these numbers have to change," Maher said. "Could you imagine how this must make a reporter feel? To be losing a truthfulness contest to Donald Trump? It's like losing a rap battle to Mitt Romney." 

Maher slammed the media for only focusing on Trump during the campaign while ignoring the other 16 candidates running against him. 

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"They covered every Trump rally like we put a game show host on the moon. They made him look like he was president before he was," said Maher. "During the primaries, Trump got three times the coverage of everyone else in the primaries." 

Maher added that Trump got twice as much coverage as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers McConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama MORE combined as well, but didn't cite any sources for any of the data presented. 

“For the sake of the republic, you gotta get serious again. You have to get your respect back, so Trump can't say, 'The people don't believe you, you're a joke,'" Maher said.

"The news media lost trust because they became eyeball-chasing clickbait whores.”

A Feb. 8 Emerson College poll also showed Trump was seen as more trustworthy than the news media by 49 percent of respondents, with one 39 percent saying the opposite.