On Tuesday night's Larry King Live, King asked Maher about the "mainstream media," which spurred Maher to complain bitterly that the Times must still be produced in "Gutenberg type" since they don't replay his Friday night jokes in the Sunday newspaper. This is particularly ridiculous, Maher said, since his snark-loving left-wing viewers are obviously ideologically inclined with the New York Times:
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 Week in 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.