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Ben Stein Rails Against Media’s Treatment of Trump!

Former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein told CNN’s Ana Cabera on Sunday that he found Hasan Minhaj’s jokes against President Trump at the White House Correspondents’ dinner to be “sickening.”

Minhaj, a correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central, called Trump the “liar-in-chief,” and joked Russian President Vladimir Putin was the true leader of the U.S.

Stein didn’t find Minhaj’s routine very funny.

“I thought what Mr. Minhaj said was sickening. Frankly, I felt like vomiting, and I couldn’t watch it for very long,” Stein said.

The CNN host was rather shocked to hear Stein’s reaction and asked for him to elaborate.

“I think it’s stunning to belittle and attack and mock a President at such a base and villainous level, and to describe him as a Soviet agent and ‘liar-in-chief,’ especially to the media,” he responded.

In fact, Stein had a bit more to say about the media:

“The media is a joke in this situation. First of all, they’re the ones who built [Trump] up. Without the media, he would still be back running casinos somewhere,” the economist said.

Stein argued that the president played the media so much that if the media fairly covered Trump, he would not be the 45th president of the United States.

“He has played the media fantastically well. The media is not his enemy. He has cleverly made the media his main ally, and the media is laughing as if they think they’re somebody great and holy and neutral and above it all. They’re not above it all,” Stein said.

Stein found it ironic that the media, “a sharp instrument of the left” that “Trump has managed to turn on its head,” took Saturday night off to laugh at the president.

“They’re laughing — they should be laughing at themselves, not laughing at him,” Stein said.

The CNN host interjected in defense of the media. “You know, our job as journalists is to hold their feet to the fire, to hold government — elected officials accountable. And, of course, Presidents and people in power don’t always like that,” Cabera said.

But Stein said the way the media has treated Trump is unprecedented.

“I was a speech writer for President Nixon — I’ve always been a fan of President Nixon. Even Nixon was not held up to the same level of ridicule, mockery, and vicious attacks than Trump is,” he responded.

Stein says he is not a fan of Trump, but even he recognizes the media’s poor treatment of him.

“So I’m not a huge fan of his, but the level of attack on him by the media has been so vicious, I’ve never seen anything like it. And every day’s newspaper has got more stories attacking him, attacking him, attacking him,” he said.

“They just don’t give the guy a break.”