Jon Stewart gave a stinging critique of the media during an appearance Monday hosted by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
“The comic-satirist and longtime TV host left no doubt that he’s not softened toward the media, government or the political process since exiting ‘The Daily Show,'” Poynter reports, noting that Stewart portrayed TV news as corrupt and driven to emphasize conflict over clarity.
“More than 1,000 students showed up for an appearance sponsored by the university’s Institute of Politics,” Poynter reports. “David Axelrod, the former political strategist who founded the institute, interviewed Stewart on stage for airing starting Thursday on his ‘The Axe Files’ podcast.”
Commenting on the current campaign coverage, Stewart said: “The media is as usual focused on the wrong things and abdicating responsibility for the general filtration of toxicity.”
Stewart also zeroed in on talk radio, saying the Donald Trump phenomenon “makes sense if you view it through the prism of talk radio.” He described that world as “24/7 of ‘your country is being taken away from you.’ … [They] love America. They just hate 50 percent of the people who live in it.”
Here’s a video of Stewart’s full appearance Monday at the University of Chicago …