Jon Stewart: Trump’s Winning War With Media by Using Their ‘Own Narcissism’ Against Them


Comedian and Daily Show legend Jon Stewart pointed out a chink in a journalists’ armor against President Donald Trump’s anti-media rhetoric: He has exploited the media’s “own narcissism,” forcing them to “change the conversation” to focus on what he wants to talk about.

Stewart began his point by noting that corporate media outlets have focused so much on the Trump phenomenon  because “you gotta’ make money to. You got bills to pay, man, you got electric bills, you got food.”

CNN International host Christiane Amanpour, who was interviewing Stewart along with fellow star comedian Dave Chappelle, pushed back on that statement and said that journalists have a different motivation.

“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 replied. “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.”

He continued by explaining why this hurts the news cycle: “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.”

When Amanpour defended the reaction of journalists, Stewart pointed to communities who have faced worse attacks under the Trump administration.

“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,” he said.

Watch above, via CNN.

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