Bill Maher Condemns NY Times For Burying Kavanaugh Assassination Plot

Political commentator and comedian Bill Maher condemned The New York Times on Friday night after the paper buried the story of the assassination attempt against conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Maher made the comments during a panel discussion on his show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” featuring former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, left-wing activist Cornel West, and journalist Josh Barro.

“The New York Times buried this,” the comedian said. “If this had been a liberal Supreme Court justice that someone came to kill, it would have been on the front page. And that’s what’s so disappointing about a paper like The New York Times because they just wear their bias on their sleeves, and they — ‘if it’s not part of something that feeds our narrative, f— it. We bury it.’”


Maher’s criticism highlights a glaring problem with the mainstream media, but he failed to see the bigger picture — it wasn’t just The New York Times that buried the story; several other prominent newspapers did as well.

The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today all joined the Times in burying the story, with each of the papers either not highlighting the incident above the fold or not including the story at all.

Both The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune instead decided that the January 6 hearings were more important than an attempted assassination of a Supreme Court justice, putting the story of the committee hearings on their front page. USA Today focused on the families and survivors of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting as its featured story, while the Los Angeles Times chose to highlight President Joe Biden’s trip to Los Angeles.

In small font at the bottom of their front pages, The New York Times wrote “Arrest Near Home Of Justice,” and The Los Angeles Times reported, “Man arrested at home of justice.”

On Wednesday, Nicholas John Roske, 26, was arrested outside of the home of Justice Kavanaugh and was later charged with the attempted murder of a federal judge. The would-be assassin was reportedly motivated by the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade and by Kavanaugh’s stance on the Second Amendment.

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) affidavit, Roske found Kavanaugh’s address online — the addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices were recently doxed by a radical pro-abortion group following the leaking of an early opinion draft indicating the potential overturning of Roe — and brought burglary tools, a handgun, a knife, and pepper spray with him to allegedly kill the justice.

“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court justice after finding the justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” a DOJ affidavit said. “Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the justice’s residence and killing the justice as well as himself.”