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The Daily Show's Trevor Noah marvels at the audacity of Donald Trump's post-election honesty
"We're going to drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, DC. Funny how that term caught on, isn't it? I tol- I tell everyo- I hated it! Somebody said, 'Drain the swamp;' I said, 'Oh, that's so hokey, that is so terrible;' I said, "Alright, I'll try it." So, like a month ago I said, 'Drain the swamp.' Place went crazy! I said, 'Woah! What's this?' Then I said it again! Then I started saing it like I *meant* it, right? And then I said it, I started loving it! And the place loved it. It's 'drain the swamp.' I mean, it's true. It's true. It's true, 'drain the swamp.'"
―Donald J. Trump
8 December 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
usa  politics  election:2016  trump  corruption  daily-show 
december 2016 by syskill
Why America isn’t paying attention to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah in 2016.
Noah’s Daily Show has been attracting fewer than 1 million viewers in the all-important 18–49 demo, down more than 30 percent compared with Stewart’s last quarter. (Though not compared with his last year, in which Stewart’s demo ratings were roughly comparable. Stewart’s total viewership was significantly higher than Noah’s.) But if you watch The Daily Show night after night, you get the sense that the writers have adjusted their tactics for a very different kind of host—a Potemkin Jon Stewart, someone smooth and ingratiating who is reaching for unconverted viewers, instead of an inveterate political satirist preaching to the deeply informed.
Stewart turned himself gray trying to rain sanity, silliness, and outrage on the hypocrisy, mendacity, and idiocy that is our political discourse. For his effort and his anger, he was rewarded with trust and love, a fake newsman who became more indispensible than a real one. Where Stewart allowed himself to be a divining rod for the news, to feel it all and lose his cool accordingly, Noah is always smooth and telegenic, easy in his manner and on the eyes, never worked up, never letting things get too dark.
In the runup to Noah’s stewardship, The Daily Show announced that it would be moving away from its staple under Stewart: media criticism and, in particular, the relentless skewering of Stewart’s bête noir and raison d’etre, Fox News. This made sense. Stewart, with an assist from Stephen Colbert, had spent more than a decade slicing and dicing the cable news industry. His eviscerations were still widely popular with The Daily Show audience and the morning-after viral-video crowd, but they were old news, thanks in large part to Stewart’s own work. Now, instead of covering the coverage of the news, Noah covers the news itself, but this straightforward approach places The Daily Show in a crowded field full of people who are more experienced and engaged than Noah, including Colbert, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, and soon enough, Samantha Bee.
article  culture  media  daily-show 
january 2016 by tedder42
Chaos on Bullshit Mountain | Slog
One of the best segments on the Daily Show and Jon Stewart telling it with a straight face.
daily-show  funny  politics  videos 
may 2014 by akombo

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