'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Slams CBS Chief Leslie Moonves for Donald Trump Comments
Noah's remarks were pointed, as both CBS and Viacom-owned Comedy Central are controlled by Sumner Redstone's National Amusements.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah excoriated the media, including CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, for creating and feeding Donald Trump's controversial run for the presidency.
In a new segment titled "How the F--- We Got Here," Noah slammed the media for creating Trump, targeting CBS chief Moonves in particular for comments he made at an investor conference last month when he said, "The money is rolling in, and this is fun." Added Moonves: "They're not even talking about issues; they're throwing bombs at each other, and I think the advertising reflects that. This is going to be a very good year for us. Sorry, it's a terrible thing to say, but bring it on, Donald."
Clearly unimpressed, Noah wondered why people prefaced things by saying, "Sorry, it's a terrible thing to say," when they should stay silent, likening it to when people use the phrase "I'm not racist, but …"
"Just end it there — stop talking," joked the comedian.
Noah's remarks were pointed, as both CBS and Comedy Central owner Viacom are controlled by Sumner Redstone's National Amusements.
Moving away from Moonves, Noah fired shots at other networks for giving saturation coverage to Trump's campaign purely for ratings and a huge uplift in advertising income.
"So whenever the media cover Donald Trump, they make a lot of money, and that's equally true of news events like debates or non-events that just contain the word 'Trump,'" Noah said before playing a short montage of clips from the major networks showing Trump getting out of a car, an airstrip that "may see the Trump plane land" and footage of an empty stage primed for a Trump press conference.
Fully in media-slamming mode, Noah stated that the news networks were breaking into actual, important news like the autopsy of Sandra Bland, a woman killed in police custody, to cover a Trump political stunt. Noah noted that even Trump thinks the coverage he gets is "the craziest thing."
Noah left his most cutting barb for last, ending the segment by circling back to further comments Moonves made at the investor conference, specifically: "Who would've thought this circus would come to town? … It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS." In solemn tones, Noah likened Moonves' and the news media's attitude to that of a doctor who says, "I hate to see all these patients coming in with cancer, but I have to admit, it's been really good for my practice."
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