The Mainstream Media Needs to Hear Jon Stewart Out

Carl Straut-Collard
Mar 4, 2017 · 3 min read
Comedian, political satirist and media critic Jon Stewart shares his thoughts on the mass-media’s coverage of President Donald Trump during The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Monday’s episode of CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert featured a special appearance from comedian Jon Stewart, including a monologue addressing, you guessed it, President Donald J. Trump.

But Stewart’s message was not directed towards the President — it was exclusively written for the eyes, ears and souls of the mainstream media.

“Can I talk to the media for a moment?…Hey guys, hey media. So I heard Donald Trump broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it? Finally thought you’d met your match. A blabbermouth who’s as thin-skinned as narcissistic as you are,” said Stewart. “Well, now it’s over…well good riddance I say! Kick. Him. To. The. Curb.

“It is time for you to get your groove back, media,” proclaimed Stewart. “This break up with Donald Trump has given you — the media — an amazing opportunity for self-reflection and improvement. Instead of worrying about whether Trump is un-American or if he thinks you’re the enemy, or if he’s being mean to you or if he’s going to let you go back into the briefings, do something for yourself. Self improvement! Take up a hobby. I recommend journalism.”

Amidst all the cracked jokes and laughs produced from Stewart’s humor, a more serious note seeped through the noise and onto the surface of the CBS broadcast. He tried to encourage the mainstream media to take a different approach in covering President Trump.

He suggested there needs to be less of the sensationalized and emotion-driven coverage of Donald Trump’s character provided by pundits and political commentators, and more of an unbiased, fair and balanced analysis of the President, his actions and his administration.

He was referring to the media’s tool of journalism and its powerful ability to expose, disseminate, inform and influence. Not its sorry attempts at informing the public with blurred facts, sensationalized headlines and bipartisan pundit debates.

“I recommend journalism,” concluded Stewart.

The New York Times and Washington Post followed suit to Stewart’s “call-to-action” this past week with ground-breaking exposés revealing Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak before denying any communication with Russia under oath during his confirmation.

Both of those renowned newspapers demonstrated why the power of journalism is (and should hopefully always be) a definitive tool for the democratic process in the eyes of liberty.

Stewart hinted that the mainstream media should be doing its job: report the facts without allowing partisanship to blur the line between what really matters and what is seemingly well-crafted noise and distraction.

Report on that.

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