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Jon Stewart on Trump baiting the media

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Jon Stewart
Jon
Stewart said President Donald Trump has been successful in
baiting the media by attacking it, contending this distracts from
the impact of Trump’s policies.

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  • Jon Stewart says President Donald Trump has been successful
    in baiting the press by appealing to journalists’
    narcissism. 
  • Stewart told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Trump has
    been able to steer “the conversation” away from whether his
    policies are “silly” to “the fight” he has with the media. 
  • Stewart said the media should think more about how Trump’s
    administration and its policies affect minorities and
    marginalized groups when they get outraged about his attacks on
    the press. 
  • Trump often refers to major media outlets as “Fake News” or
    the “enemy of the American people.” 
  • Many high-profile reporters have repeatedly challenged the
    Trump administration’s criticism of the press.

In the seemingly never-ending battle between President Donald
Trump and the media, comedian Jon Stewart says Trump has been
successful in baiting the press by appealing to their
narcissism. 

“I think journalists have taken it personally,” Stewart said to
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour of Trump’s habitual
attacks on the media. “They’re personally wounded and offended
this man. He baits them, and they dive in.”

“What [Trump has] done well … is appeal to their own
narcissism, to their own ego,” the former host of “The Daily
Show” added. 

When Trump attacks the press by calling it the “enemy of the
people,” for example, Stewart said the media responds by standing
up and saying, “We are noble. We are honorable. How dare you,
sir!”

Consequently, Stewart said, Trump has been able to steer “the
conversation” away from whether his policies are “silly” or not
working to “the fight” he has with the media. 

Stewart said the media should think more about how Trump’s
administration and its policies affect minorities and
marginalized groups when they get outraged about his attacks on
the press. 

Many high-profile reporters have repeatedly sparred with the
White House over its anti-media rhetoric. 

On Monday, for example, White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders
got into a shouting match with a reporter
who questioned
whether Trump blamed the media for a recent series of violent
events in the US. The briefing-room battle came after Trump made
a number of statements that the media had a large role to play in
reducing the “Anger and Outrage” in the country. 

Trump on Monday tweeted that
“there is great anger in our Country caused in part by
inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news.”

“The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must
stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news
accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame
of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides
together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!” he
wrote. 

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