In an interview with CNN, former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart explained how President Donald Trump is able to bait members of the media into beclowning themselves on a daily basis.
“So do you think — because, obviously, we are all caught up in this sort of daily Trump fest. I mean, every single newspaper, every radio station, every bit of social media…” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour pondered to Stewart.
“You got to make money, too,” Stewart replied. “You’ve got bills to pay, man. You got electric bills, you got food. You know, this guy is … he’s giving you all cash. The cash flow in the Trump era for these TV stations and for these news…”
“Can I say, that might have been an issue — and maybe it still is an issue — for the people who are the bean counters,” Amanpour interjected.
She added that journalists have the belief it is their job to “navigate the truth” and conduct fact-checking on people.
“But I think the journalists have taken it personally,” Stewart replied.
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President Trump has been able to appeal to journalists’ “own narcissism” by attacking them, says Jon Stewart. “They take it personally, and now he’s changed the conversation to, not that his policies are silly or not working … it’s all about the fight.” pic.twitter.com/2N3V5NqZ6Q
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 30, 2018
“They are personally wounded and offended by this man,” he continued. “He baits them, and they dive in. And what he’s done well, I thought, is appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego.”
Stewart said that as long as people in the media continue to “stand up and say, ‘We are noble. We are honorable. How dare you, sir,'” then Trump will be able to keep them off balance.
“And he’s going to win that fight,” he added.