The Daily Show’s new host Trevor Noah lit into media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Murdoch’s favorite GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, in the process making a self-effacing joke about his own controversial twitter history that played very well with his studio audience.
“If you’ve been recently murdered in a mass shooting, Carson has some constructive criticism for you,” Noah began, in segment called “How To Get Away From Murder.”
Carson has been under fire for saying that in a situation like that faced by students at Umpqua Community College, “I would not just stand there and let them shoot me. I would say ‘Hey guys – everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all’.”
Noah, as had TV news talking heads all day, pointed out Carson speaks from experience. He told Karen Hunter on her SiriusXM show that while he was a medical resident, “I…had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeyes organization. Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter’.” Carson said the gunman said “okay” and moved on to the guy behind the counter. (When confronted about the difference in what he said he would do and what he actually did, Carson yesterday told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer it was entirely different because he knew the Popeyes gunman wasn’t there to kill people but only to rob the joint.)
Despite the media backlash to Carson’s comments, Noah noted the candidate is assured the support of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch this week tweeted “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide and much else.” Political pundits have cited that tweet as further evidence Murdoch is doing his best to ding Donald Trump’s run for the White House, Carson having gained on Trump in recent polling. The controversial remark capped a stream of Murdoch tweets plugging Carson over a few days.
“Ooh, tweets,” Noah began, as his audience started laughing. “Rupert….Look man, I know what it’s like to be young and crazy on Twitter. You start to crave those faves and don’t care how you get them. But once you’re a little older and wiser, you’ll hopefully stop making mistakes like this.”
Echoing the day’s cable news cycle chatter about how Murdoch’s media empire having dined for years on an Obama Is Too Black storyline (First Couple’s Terrorist Fist Jab debate in 2008, etc.) Noah said:
“This is eye opening. Whole time conservatives have been accused of disliking Obama because he’s too black, and now turns out the problem is he’s not black enough. At least, according to my [racial slur] Rupert Murdoch.”
Murdoch yesterday morning had apologized for that tweet…
…and the news cycle already has moved on to today’s Controversial Carson Comment about how the Holocaust could have been “greatly diminished” had Jews been armed: