This scene was not directed at the NYT.
Comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO”s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” is clearly not the poster boy for a NYT commercial telling you why the Sunday paper is a must. It’s selfish, really, but the comedian also has a statement to make on Social Media and the lack of grace and timing of the NYT. Maher is miffed because he doesn’t usually get to appear in any of it. The Sunday NYT, he recently learned, gets put to bed way too early to include the comedian’s jokes as his show airs late Friday night. “I can’t really help you, NYT,” he tells CNN’s Larry King Tuesday night.
An interview excerpt:
KING: We had this question posted on the LARRY KING LIVE Facebook page: ‘Can Bill give us his thoughts on how social media is replacing mainstream media?’
MAHER: Mainstream media, it’s funny. I was at Jay Leno’s show last night, and we were talking before the show. He said to me, you know, I don’t understand; in the Sunday New York Times weekend review section, they always print jokes of comedians. And they have me and they have Letterman and they have Kimmel. And no you. Why aren’t you there? I said, I don’t know. The New York Times doesn’t like me. They never report on me, even though it would seem they should, because people who would watch my show tend to be like the same people who would read the New York Times.
KING: One would think.
MAHER: But it’s interesting. We called my publicist in and we found out it wasn’t that. She said, well, you tape your show on Friday night and that paper goes to bed for their Sunday edition well before that. Jay said, that’s probably true, because I noticed never do I get a joke in that I did on Thursday or Friday. It’s always Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. So here’s the New York Times, the paper of record, apparently for their Sunday edition going to bed on Wednesday night. That’s when they place the Gutenberg type, Larry, to make sure that that edition gets out on time. This is why mainstream media is dying. They don’t have to die. But we live in an age where, you know, you get it on your Blackberry immediately. So when they tell me that I can’t print your joke because we print on Sunday and you do it on Friday, I’m like, I can’t really help you, New York Times.