Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently noted that President Donald Trump is winning his war against the media by using their own narcissism against them.
Comedian Stewart, once the left’s favorite political commentator as host of the Comedy Central political show, spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week and said that the media are their own worst enemy in the fight with Trump.
Stewart noted that Trump has expertly maneuvered reporters into this war by appealing to the media’s narcissism. Trump is able to re-direct the media away from issues and toward “the fight” and force the media to “change the conversation” at will.
Stewart noted that much of this war between Trump and the media is driven by the media’s need to make money. “You gotta’ make money too. You got bills to pay, man, you got electric bills, you got food,” Stewart said about why the media indulges this fighting.
Amanpour tried to push back saying that Stewart may be right where it concerns the back room “bean counters” in the media business but the journalists aren’t like that.
Stewart was not deterred.
“I think that journalists have taken it personally, they are personally wounded and offended by this man. He baits them, and they dive in,” Stewart said. “What he’s done well, I thought, is appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego, because when he [attacks the media], they say, we are noble, we are honorable, how dare you, sir! And they take it personally.”
“Now, he’s changed the conversation to not that his policies are silly or not working or any of those other things, it’s all about the fight and he’s able to tune out everything else and get people just focused on the fight, and he’s going to win that fight,” the comedian added.
Amanpour tired again to defend journalists. But Stewart was dismissive.
“You’re not used to it? Think of the communities of color, think of Muslims, think of the black community, when journalists rise to this outrage of how dare you say that about us, think of the lives that they’ve been leading and what they’ve been put under,” Stewart lectured.
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