In an interview with the The Desert Sun, HBO “Real Time’s” Bill Maher talks about the unusual alignment with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) he’s found himself in:

Bill Maher: the media is in the governments pocket

“The weird thing about Syria is it has created so many strange bedfellows. I’m on the same page as Sarah Palin on this issue. That’s a very strange feeling. But I feel like I’m consistent about how I’ve always felt about how we should handle this part of the world. I think it would be a good thing if America put the world on notice that if you use these sort of weapons that are allowed, yes, we will (expletive) you up. But it is outweighed, in my opinion, by a greater need, which is the need to tamp down the inflammatory atmosphere in that part of the world.”

Both Maher and Palin have a history of public sparring.

For her part, Palin’s position has been for the U.S. to refrain from militarily intervening in Syria’s civil war. “Let Allah sort it out,” she wrote in a Facebook message in August.

Maher also says in the interview that “the media is in the government’s pocket.”

“We learned that during Iraq,” he says. “They don’t want to lose their access. They don’t want to lose their seat at the table when the invitations come out for the correspondence dinner.”

Noteworthy:  The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is actually hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association, which is an independent organization. Invites aren’t sent out by the government. Indeed, the president and other government officials appear as guests of the Association.

@eScarry