Left-wing Daily Show host Trevor Noah was treated to a fawning puff piece on CBS Sunday Morning in which correspondent Jim Axelrod gushed over a YouTube rant from the supposed comedian that justified looting and rioting during Black Lives Matter protests. Rather than be asked to explain his controversial comments, Noah’s radicalism was hailed as “compelling.”
“In a stripped down model of lockdown content...Noah looked directly into his phone and spoke from deep in his soul for 18 minutes,” Axelrod proclaimed early in the segment. After a soundbite ran of Noah claiming “Police in America are looting black bodies,” Axelrod absurdly argued the leftist was “Not chasing laughs, chasing light.”
Sounding like one of the “trained Marxists” who founded Black Lives Matter, Noah declared: “When you are a have and when you are a have-not, you see the world in very different ways.”
Later in interview, Noah made it clear that his far-left activism was more important than comedy:
I’m not afraid to make shows that have no laughs. I’m not afraid to make serious shows that speak to the issues and communicate honestly what I’m feeling and what society may be experiencing. We’ve made some shows of The Daily Show that literally have no jokes. There are some days I’ve come into the office and said to my team, “Hey, guys, there is nothing funny for people. This is not even a moment to try and find the funny.”
That was certainly the philosophy of his predecessor, Jon Stewart, who routinely hid behind the title of “comedian” but lashed out at conservatives whenever it suited him.
Axelrod marveled at Noah being allegedly “less concerned about humor than he is with our humanity.” The reporter then heralded the YouTube tirade as “among the most moving and compelling pieces of content you have put out there.”
What CBS ignored was that “moving” and “compelling” video included Noah repeatedly excusing looting and rioting:
When the riots happened, that for me, was an interesting culmination of everything. I saw so many people online saying, “These riots are disgusting, this is not how a society should be run. You do not loot and you do not burn and you do not – this is not how our society is built.” And that actually triggered something in me, I was like, man, okay, society – but what is society? And fundamentally, when you boil it down, society is a contract. It’s a contract that we sign as human beings amongst each other.
But if you think of being a black person in America who is living in Minneapolis or Minnesota or any place where you’re not having a good time, ask yourself this question when you watch those people, what vested interest do they have in maintaining the contract? Why – like why don’t we all loot? Why doesn’t everybody take? Because we’ve agreed on things.
Think about how many people who don’t have, the have-nots, say, “You know what? I’m still going to play by the rules even though I have nothing because I still wish for the society to work and exist.” And then, some members of that society, namely black American people, watch time and time again how the contract that they have signed with society is not being honored by the society that has forced them to sign it with them.
And a lot of people say, “Well, what good does this do?” Yeah, but what good doesn’t it do? That’s the question people don’t ask the other way around. “What good does it do to loot Target? How does it help you to loot Target?” Yeah, but how does it help you to not loot Target? Answer that question. Because the only reason you didn’t loot Target before was because you were upholding society’s contract. There is no contract if law and people in power don’t uphold their end of it.
And so, if the example law enforcement is setting is that they do not adhere to the laws, then why should the citizens of that society adhere to the laws, when in fact, the law enforcers themselves don’t?
Black Americans have seen their principles completely delegitimized. Because if you’re a black person in America and you’re watching this, if you’re a black American person specifically, and you’re watching this, what principles are you seeing?
When people burn things, they say it’s not – it’s never the right way because there’s never – there is never a right way to protest. And I’ve said this before, there is no right way to protest because that’s what protest is. It cannot be right because you are protesting against a thing that is stopping you. And so, I think what a lot of people don’t realize is the same way you might have experienced even more anger and more just visceral disdain watching those people loot that Target, think to yourselves – or maybe it would help you if you think about that unease that you felt watching that Target being looted, try to imagine how it must feel for black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day. Because that’s fundamentally what’s happening in America. Police in America are looting black bodies. And I know someone might think that’s an extreme phrase, but it’s not.
Don’t ask yourself if it’s right or wrong to loot. Don’t ask yourself, “How does looting help?” No, no, no, ask yourself that question, ask yourself why it got to you that much more, watching those people loot. Because they were destroying the contract that you thought they had signed with your society. And now think to yourself, imagine if you were them watching that contract being ripped up every single day. Ask yourself how you’d feel.
Noah’s extreme views were part of the inspiration for another YouTube diatribe by Black Lives Matter activist Kimberley Jones, who cited the Daily Show host as she encouraged rioters to “burn this bitch to the ground” on June 9. Like Noah, Jones was treated to effusive praise on CBS, with This Morning co-host Gayle King saying “we all need to take a class” from her.
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Here is a transcript of Axelrod’s July 12 interview with Noah:
10:02 AM ET
TREVOR NOAH: While everyone is facing the battle against coronavirus, black people in America are still facing the battle against racism and coronavirus.
JIM AXELROD: In a stripped down model of lockdown content...
NOAH: Black Americans have seen their principles completely delegitimatized.
AXELROD: ...Noah looked directly into his phone and spoke from deep in his soul for 18 minutes.
NOAH: Police in America are looting black bodies.
AXELROD: Not chasing laughs, chasing light.
NOAH: When you are a have and when you are a have-not, you see the world in very different ways.
AXELROD: “George Floyd and the Dominoes of Racial Injustice” has been viewed more than 9 million times on YouTube alone.
NOAH: My show wasn’t on TV, but I just felt like, hey man, if there’s five people who I can try and explain the nuance of this whole situation to, then maybe there’s five people who will understand it as a larger story as opposed to just a moment. It is not just a moment, all moments are connected.
10:06 AM ET
NOAH: I’m not afraid to make shows that have no laughs. I’m not afraid to make serious shows that speak to the issues and communicate honestly what I’m feeling and what society may be experiencing. We’ve made some shows of The Daily Show that literally have no jokes. There are some days I’ve come into the office and said to my team, “Hey, guys, there is nothing funny for people. This is not even a moment to try and find the funny.”
AXELROD: Meaning these days, Trevor Noah is doing business a little bit differently. Still provocative...
NOAH: There is never a right way to protest. And I’ve said this before, there is no right way to protest, because that’s what protest is.
AXELROD: ...less concerned about humor than he is with our humanity.
This was among the most moving and compelling pieces of content you have put out there and there’s not a laugh in it. That’s fine?
NOAH: There’s not always going to be a laugh.