Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Sep 16 02:15:38 UTC 2011

>From the Rolling Stone interview with Jon Stewart:

"[The 24-hour networks] are now the absolute most powerful force
driving the political narrative," he says. "And the picture that they
create is one of conflict, because they're on for 24 hours a day, so
they have to create a compelling reason for you to watch them.
Otherwise, they're just Muzak – newzak."

Stewart has been using the "newzak" blend since Dec. '09:


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