Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart joined his pal Stephen Colbert on Monday’s episode of “The Late Show” to talk about President Donald Trump and his relationship to the media.
While Stewart had plenty of critical things to say about Trump (mostly about his tenuous relationship with facts), he saved his harshest vitriol for the press.
When Colbert asked Stewart what he thought about White House press secretary Sean Spicer excluding outlets like CNN, The New York Times, and Politico from an informal press briefing on Friday, Stewart was entirely unsympathetic.
“Ohhh, it’s un-American not to like the press!” Stewart said, in a mocking tone. “You know what I say? I say stop your whining, press!
“Can I talk to the media for a moment?” Stewart continued, looking directly into the camera. “Hey, guys. Hey, media. So I heard Donald broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it? You finally thought you’d met your match. A blabbermouth who’s as thin-skinned and narcissistic as you are. Well, now it’s over! Well, good riddance, I say! Kick him to the curb.”
After spending a few more minutes criticizing the media for failing to truly hold Trump to the fire during election season, Stewart wrapped up the segment with an “uplifting” message for the press.
“Here’s my point, media,” Stewart concluded. “Here’s my point. This breakup 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.”