In this photo provided by HBO, host Bill Maher, left, listens to Milo Yiannopoulos, a writer for Breitbart News, on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

Bill Maher sounds off on media in first show since Milo Yiannopoulos interview

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Maher has had his own contentious relationship with the media and was criticized by many outlets for giving a platform to former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos. On Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher pulled out a recent Fox News survey that showed that more people trusted President Donald Trump, who regularly rails against the media for printing negative stories about him, than the media itself.

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“Can you imagine how this must make a reporter feel? To be losing a truthfulness contest to Donald Trump?” Maher joked. “It’s like losing a rap battle to Mitt Romney.”

Maher implored the press to go hard against Trump and to lose some of the lighter stories that receive coverage.

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“You have to win your respect back so Trump can’t say, ‘The people don’t believe you; you’re a joke,’” Maher said.

Maher also criticized members of the press for giving Trump such a platform during the 2016 presidential election.

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“You can be mad at me for 'giving a platform' to Milo, but Donald Trump is the apotheosis of the alt-right, and the media gave him the biggest platform ever,” Maher said. “They covered every rally like we put a game show on the moon. They made him look like he was president before he was.”

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Though he was critical of some coverage, Maher took time to praise several journalists, including Scott Pelley, Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos.

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