Bill Maher unloads on cable newscasters for praising Trump's strike on Syria

Liberal talk-show host Bill Maher laid into Democrats and cable news pundits for their praise of President Trump's military strike on Syria's Shayrat airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 80 people on Tuesday.

The Republicans' positive response to the strike was expected, Maher said. "They got their two favorite things: [Neil Gorsuch] on the Supreme Court and Trump finally blowing some s--- up."

But Maher was angered by the reaction Trump's strike elicited from cable news pundits and journalists. "Even the liberals were all over this last night," he said Friday night. "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."

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers an statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017.

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This action in Syria was appropriate and just. My full statement:
.@POTUS's strikes in #Syria send impt msg US won't stand by as #Assad, aided by #Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians
I support stopping Assad's atrocities, but it's unnerving that Trump changed his position on striking Syria 180 degrees in only 24 hours.
So @POTUS cares enough about the Syrian people to launch 50 Tomahawks but not enough to let the victims of Assad find refuge & freedom here.
My statement in response to U.S. missile strikes in #Syria:
Statement with @SenJohnMcCain on military strikes in Syria.
I guess Trump wasn't "Putin's puppet" after all, he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet. I'm officially OFF the Trump train.
.@POTUS "Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched." (1/2)
(2/2) It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread or use of deadly chemical weapons.
This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session & hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of…
While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.
Today over 500,000 people have watched my videos and streams. 90% are @realDonaldTrump supporters, none want war with Syria. #NoMoreWars
Sen @ChrisCoons on #Syria airstrike: "The President’s actions today generate more questions than answers."
The U.S. made clear tonight that the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians in Syria will not be tolerated.
My full statement on the US airstrikes in Syria:

And cable news did love it. Trump was widely lauded by television media and political commentators in the aftermath of the military strike.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria said Friday morning that Trump "became President of the United States" when he authorized the missile launch Thursday night.

David Ignatius, a columnist for the Washington Post, said on MSNBC Friday morning that, "In terms of the credibility of American power, I think most traditional Washington commentators would say he's put more umph, more credibility back into it."

MSNBC's Brian Williams said he was "guided by the beauty of our weapons, and they are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is, for them, a brief flight over to this [Syrian] airfield..."

Multiple news networks replayed footage of the cruise missiles being launched while commentary continued in the background.

But some took on a more measured tone, urging people to refrain from cheering on military action that could result in injury and death.

Veteran journalist Dan Rather said in a Facebook post after the strike, "There is a tendency to rally around the flag, and a President who takes on a war footing can see a boost of support."

He continued: "The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as 'presidential' is concerning. 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."

Trump's strike on the Shayrat airfield disabled the base for a few hours, before Syrian warplanes again started taking off from the field.

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