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Canfield writes: "Tuesday night's Daily Show thus provides an illuminating reminder that as these revelations continue to pile up, it's getting harder and harder - or perhaps a little easier - to make sense of it all."

Trevor Noah on
Trevor Noah on "the Daily Show." (photo: Comedy Central)


Trevor Noah Reveling in Michael Flynn's Resignation Is All of Us

By David Canfield, Slate

15 February 17

 

uesday started off with a bombshell in the political world as Michael Flynn resigned amid swirling scandal, becoming the shortest-serving National Security Advisor in modern American history. It was the latest blow to the Trump Administration, which has seemingly turned terrible decision-making into an art form.

Daily Show host Trevor Noah could barely contain his glee at the irony of it all. “Donald Trump [is] finally draining the swamp of the people he brought to the swamp,” he quipped. “President Trump is a genius, people—he hires a cabinet full of terrible people, fires them one-by-one, looks like he’s a man of action. Drain the swamp—down the previous levels!” The story was big enough for Noah to spend two segments on it, later transitioning to Republicans’ laughably evasive responses to Flynn’s lies and subsequent departure. (On Kellyanne Conway’s starkly contradictory Today Show segment, Noah asked, “How does she say that with a straight face?”)

Yet by the time 11:00 p.m. rolled around, late-night comics were already far behind on the shocking information dumps. The New York Times and CNN broke major news well after Noah’s show-taping that it wasn’t just Flynn talking with the Kremlin—several “high-level officials” of the Trump campaign reportedly engaged in “constant” communication with Russian intelligence officials. In the cycle of the Trump Administration, a delay of even a few hours means you’re bound to be working off of old news. Tuesday night’s Daily Show thus provides an illuminating reminder that as these revelations continue to pile up, it’s getting harder and harder—or perhaps a little easier—to make sense of it all.

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+8 # Howard A. Doughty 2017-02-16 07:42
Tuesday was fine. It's Wednesday that bothered me.

I am a septuagenerian. I am a veteran of Nuclear Disarmament (1959-1960), Civil Rights (1965-1968), anti-Vietnam War (1966-1970), Academic Freedom (1968) and anti-Cambodian bombing (1970) demonstrations.

I am also a trade unionist fighting for workers rights (shop steward in my Local for most of the past 30 years), a (modest) financial contributor to everything from Nelson Mandela's ANC (when it was classed as a "terrorist" organization to the "Occupy" movement in my city), an active supporter of prison reform, and a member of several environmental organizations and aboriginal rights support groups over the past 25 years.

I expect no applause for any of this. If I have helped move the social justice needle a tick, that's all the reward I need.

What I don't need, however, is to listen to Trevor Noah attack Donald J. Trump because he is an "old man."

I am an old man, but I'm no Donald Trump.

Donald Trump was an odious individual in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and remains an odious individual today - emphasis on the word "individual." Not all of us "senior citizens" are necessarily mentally incompetent, nor are we political dinosaurs. In fact, some of us can still construct coherent sentences and use electronic keyboards to some effect.

What's "sad" is that I feel compelled to use this one to criticize Trevor Noah, who's mostly a perceptive and fair-minded TV commentator.
 
 
+3 # mashiguo 2017-02-16 14:22
I'm with you with all that in both age an personal history.

Noah was hired to appeal to the younger viewers.

Since the time of Zeus and Chronos, it has been the duty of the young thrash the old and remake the world.
Without that process having been in place for millennia we would still be hunter gatherers.
Maybe we would have been better off, but that is another discussion.
 
 
+2 # chemtex2611 2017-02-18 00:23
Noah has no need to attack whole groups of humans. Trump, himself alone, has sufficient faults and flaws for at least a 60-minute show.
 

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