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Bill Maher argues with millennials, especially those who occupy the Washington Post newsroom.

Reflecting on the recent Twitter war between WaPo reporter Felicia Sonmez and the other members of that newsroom — a flaming battle that eventually saw Sonmez fired and another reporter given a month of unpaid leave — Maher said the joke tweet that sparked it was something that had been going on for eons. But the ‘unlicensed daycare’ that the editors are, couldn’t see the humor in it.

“Can you imagine a world that allows jokes you don’t like? Sure, the leadership folded like a Miami condo,” he said, recalling the tired trope that the tweet didn’t reflect the institution’s values, “free speech isn’t one of them.”

Maher then expanded the WaPo conflict into a greater removal of the generation that is now coming into its own in the workplace as the baby boomers retire.

“You think my generation is an eyeroll,” Maher said. “Let me tell you something about the younger generation. Your sense of entitlement is legendary,” he said, while also attacking “your attention span and work ethic,” particularly “the unqualified little shit who doesn’t understand why he isn’t a producer yet.” He added that the WaPo story resonated so much because we all know the stereotypical players in it.

Millennials complain they haven’t adopted it yet, Maher said. But that’s because the Boomers are reluctant to turn the world over to them for incidents like the WaPo Wars.

“The crybabies are still winning,” Maher said. “They complain that they haven’t taken over yet. The fact that the Post’s response was to punish one of their top reporters shows that Kindergarten is still in charge.”

In 1972, the Watergate burglary happened, a story actually picked up by the WaPo. ‘I wonder how the editors of the Post would deal with that these days. “All the while blubber tweeting. Do you have nothing better to do? Aren’t you guys supposed to be reporters digging things up? This is why you are not the boss. If someone by the name of Deep Throat called today and wanted to meet him, this group of emotional hemophiliacs would have an anxiety attack and report to HR that they didn’t feel safe.”

Maher did hope that the WaPo eventually fired Sonmez. “Maybe there’s a line. That generation needs to find that line and bring it closer to sanity. Because democracy dies in silence.”

Mahers previously guest-starred with Emmy-winning writer Danny Strong, producer of the Hulu limited series dopessick, about the opioid epidemic. His strongest moment came when he insisted that members of the Sackler family face “absolute” jail time for their production roles and lies in the opioid crisis.

The panel discussion was dominated by podcaster Krystal Ball, an extreme leftist who barely allowed Maher or guest author James Kirchick to speak.

The most interesting moment of the conversation was when Maher was asked if he thought Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would be better than ex-President Donald Trump. “Yes, I do,” he said. “He won’t shit-tweet and feud with Bette Midler.”

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