When The New Media Became a “War Machine” for the Republican Party
Posted On July 12, 2021
On Friday night, Fox News was among the networks reporting on an upcoming episode of “The Daily Show” when host Jon Stewart took a shot at conservative talk show hosts.
“You know, when we talk about the new media, and they’re the new battleground, they’re gonna get it in there,” Stewart said, referring to the new digital platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
Stewart went on to describe the media’s role in the 2016 presidential election as “tactical,” and “the new media is the battleground, the battleground is the media.”
Stewart then went on a tangent, saying the media has “taken the gloves off” and has “a responsibility to try to help the Republican party, which is, you know, they don’t have the best history, I think, of dealing with this.”
Stewart went through a list of people who have made contributions to the Republican National Committee over the years, including Republican National Chair Reince Priebus, who made $200,000 from the RNC.
He’s the guy that’s got the gloves on. “
He’s not the only one.
He’s the guy that’s got the gloves on.
But I think the media is going to get in the game.
They’ve taken the gloves from the Republican establishment and are now going to play a role in this election, which will determine who wins.”
He went on: “And the new mediums are gonna be like a ‘war machine,’ and they will be able to, you’re going to see more and more of it, and the new outlets will be just like the old media.”
The Trump campaign has also begun using Facebook to promote its own ads.
“The media, I believe, are going to be just as instrumental in the election as the Republican campaign,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal.
“They’re going get their own news cycle, and I believe that they’re going do a very good job.”
But it’s not just the media that Stewart was referencing.
The conservative talk-show host also suggested that he was “trying to help” the GOP.
“I mean, the media have taken the gear off the Republicans and are going be just the battleground in this campaign,” Stewart explained.
“But it’s really the new platforms, the new networks, that’s going to win.
It’s not even the old ones.”
“You’re going see more of this.
You’re going even see some of these things that you saw on the show, you saw last week, and we’ll see them again,” Stewart added.
“It’s all gonna be there.”