“Even the liberals were all over this last night,” he said during his opening monologue Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“Everybody loves this f—— thing. Cable news loves it when they show footage of destroyers firing cruise missiles at night. It’s America’s money shot.”
Trump authorized the strike on a military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians that killed at least 86 people.
News networks looped reel footage provided by the Pentagon of cruise missiles being launched from a ship and streaking into the night sky, complete with commentary.
Reflecting on the strike, Fareed Zakaria opined on CNN: “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States last night. ”
As The Post’s Derek Hawkins reported, Brian Williams seemed so dazzled by the images that he described them as “beautiful” and quoted singer Leonard Cohen: “I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.”
Maher wasn’t the only one appalled by the journalists’ laudatory words.
“The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as ‘presidential’ is concerning,” he wrote. “War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.”