Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart returned to some of his favorite targets Monday night, knocking cable news and TV bosses, the political parties–and Donald Trump, whom Stewart described as a “man-baby” and an “unrepentant, narcissistic a–hole.”
“I’m not a constitutional scholar, so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby, or a baby-man,” Stewart asked during a taping in Chicago of David Axelrod’s podcast The Axe Files. “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”
Stewart accused TV news of supporting Trump’s rise because he has given the networks just what they crave: a character, and conflict, comparing the networks to reality shows like Survivor. “The voices that are amplified are those that are conflict-oriented, the most extreme. Those are the guys that get air time…this is reality show 101. I’m going to be an enormous dick at the beginning of the show to get all this attention.”
The problem is the system is incentivized in the way a crack dealer is incentivized. It can do tremendous damage, but as long as people are buying crack, everything’s good on his block. I truly believe it’s that corrosive and corrupt. When you have presidents of networks saying Trump is good for business, when you have the lead anchor of Fox News having to go to Trump’s hotel to make him stop being mean to her, and now he says she’s terrific because they’ve had a detente. That’s f–ked.
In February, CBS boss Les Moonves said the 2016 campaign “may not be good for America, but it’s good for CBS.” Comparing the campaign to a series, Moonves said he would green light it for a second season. “Bring it, Donald.”