Watch: Jon Stewart Slams Media That Fed Donald Trump's Ego Until He Dumped Them
President Trump's feud with the media reached a new low Friday when his press secretary, Sean Spicer, banned reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and Buzzfeed from the press briefing.
“Buzzfeed was excluded because Spicer didn’t like the answer he got for ‘Which Gilmore Girl Are You?’” "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert joked.
Ironically, this was just after Trump proclaimed his great love for the First Amendment, to which Colbert remarked, “If you love the First Amendment, set it free. If it comes back, don’t let it in the press briefing.”
“The root of all this conflict is that Donald Trump calls any story he doesn’t like fake news," Colbert explained, at which point former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart joined the host to weigh in.
“I mean the whole thing is just, it’s just—it makes me so crazy! It makes me crazy. It’s upsetting!” Stewart exclaimed, half-mocking the media's outrage through this past weekend.
"I say, stop your whining," he said of media outlets barred from the press gaggle. "Hey media, I heard Donald broke up with you; stings a little," Stewart began.
Stewart, who has been a frequent critic of Trump over the years, issued a scathing response to those in the media who fed Trump's ego.
"It's time for you to get your groove back, media, because you know, you've kind of let yourself go these past few years," he said. "You put on a few pundits, obsessing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, about this one guy."
"What's Donny up to? Did he say anything about us? You think he's gonna come on? Do you think he likes us? He doesn't even have to come himself, he can just call in! Donny, please! Just let us know you're okay!" Stewart mocked. "And the whole time you're chasing after him, the rest of us are thinking, But can't you see he's an a**hole?"
One of last year's biggest pieces of fake news was the myth that Trump would change.
"'Oh, no, no, that's just Primaries Donald; that's just Election Donald; you'll see. We can change him! He'll get presidential! Yeah, how'd that work out?" Stewart asked. "It didn't. You know why? Because 70-year-old men don't get less cranky or racist as time goes by, unless they happen to be visited by three spirits in the night."
Stewart isn't saying the breakup is going to be easy, especially watching Trump "swiping far right with every Tom, Drudge and Breitbart." But it could be the "best thing that ever happened," he mused.
"This breakup has given you 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 of he's being mean to you or if he's going to let you back in the briefings, do something for yourself," he suggested. "Take up a hobby. I recommend journalism."