But then, he zeroed on the real enemy: which he termed the "24-hour conflictanator," his favorite target, the 24/7 cable news channels that amplify the loudest and ugliest voices in the culture from the farthest ends of the political spectrum. Easy target, and an old one. A high school student with one course in media literacy can shred a cable news channel critically. But this is Stewart's favorite role to play: media critic. He and Obama and Palin -- they can't stop playing media critic. And now all kinds of politicians are doing it, too. It is actually a very old propaganda technique used by those political leaders who don't have the power to actually shut down the press in favor of a party-controlled house organ.