It's not as if this is a new theme for Mr. Stewart, who first stepped out of comic character to build a withering assault on the "Crossfire" shouters back in 2004. On Saturday, he returned to media-induced pathology: "The media is like our immune system. If it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker - or perhaps eczema."
"The media is like a big dog. If you feed it, you stay in control. If you don't, they'll get into your trash."
"At top of the pantheon of the media manipulators, of course, sits the late Andrew Brietbart. "Feeding the media is like training a dog," he once said, "You can't throw an entire steak at a dog to train it to sit. You have to give it little bits of steak over and over again until it learns." And learned it did: they followed his lead exactly in the Shirley Sherrod story, and continue to fall for the manipulations of his student, James O'Keefe, who has ravaged NPR, ACORN, and many other liberal organizations."
"The media is like a mirror - it reflects the true nature and values of our societies and cultures "
"The media is like any other commodity, it must give people what they want or it will remain unsold and the business it represents will fail. While this might upset educated men such as E.M. Forster, who revealed his contempt for the media by stating in 1917"
" It's not a conspiracy -- unless you want to call it a conspiracy of stupidity. Left to its own devices, the media is like a pool of hungry carp on a continual, mindless feeding frenzy. When one carp swims after a crumb of bread, all the other carp swarm as fast as they can to get a piece of it. They will attack anything that generates view or clicks, with little regard to its accuracy, importance, or social relevance (unless their masters tell them otherwise)."
"The media is like the rest of the institutions in Syria; it's a soldier to serve the interests of the system, even if it takes the falsification of facts and distortion of reality."
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