Conservative Commentator Andrew Sullivan Accuses MSNBC of Pushing Propaganda on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan engaged in a heated debate during his appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” with MSNBC host Ari Melber. The discussion centered around Sullivan’s claim that the left-leaning network promotes “propaganda all the time.”

On Friday night, host Bill Maher moderated the intense exchange between the two guests. Sullivan argued that the increasing left-leaning stance of the Democratic Party in response to Donald Trump’s presidency has exacerbated America’s political divisions. He expressed concern that when core legitimacy is lost, democracy itself is at risk.

Interrupting Sullivan, Melber acknowledged that there are issues with the Democratic Party’s response to Trump but countered that there was no violent response to the controversial 2000 presidential election, where the Supreme Court ended a recount in Florida and declared George W. Bush the winner.

Melber further cited the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2024, when supporters of Trump stormed the building, as evidence of decay within both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Sullivan fired back at Melber, accusing MSNBC of lacking objectivity. He urged the network to consider and constructively argue against opposing views. Melber defended his show, “The Beat with Ari Melber,” pointing out that he has featured Trump’s lawyer and former White House officials.

Before tensions escalated, Maher intervened, urging the guests to maintain civility and avoid personal attacks.

The lively debate underscored the ongoing polarization within America’s political landscape and the challenges posed by media bias on both sides of the spectrum. As the nation grapples with deep-rooted divisions, the need for respectful dialogue and the fair presentation of ideas becomes increasingly crucial.