I don’t think Trevor Noah has done a terrible job since taking over for Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, but I do miss the passion Stewart brought to the show. I’ve said that Stewart was a news and politics guy playing a comedian doing the news, whereas Noah seems more like a comedian doing the news playing the role of a news and politics guy.
But what I do like about Noah is that he brings a non-American viewpoint to politics. Being from South Africa, he’s learning about a lot of our political process as it plays out in front of him.
Take for instance comments he made during a recent interview where he had some rather harsh (but accurate) words for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, as well as liberals in general:
I find that a lot of Democrats and liberals are not ready to hear the truth from their side. It’s human nature to look for people to validate your opinion, and I think people came to The Daily Show for that for a long time. But just because you have a love for a candidate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t question them. What is the point of having your candidate pushed to a certain level only to crumble under scrutiny because you didn’t give them enough scrutiny early on? Bernie Sanders didn’t have solid policy proposals, so I pointed that out. “Screw you, Trevor Noah!” Or I made the case that Hillary Clinton panders to whatever audience is listening to her. People are like, “Who the hell do you think you are?” Come on, guys.
Noah made a point I’ve been trying to make for a while. What many have done with the Internet and social media is they’ve wrapped themselves up in bubbles of confirmation bias where the only “news sources” they follow are those that tell them what they want to hear. Throughout my 3+ years writing for Forward Progressives, practically every single time I’ve written an article calling out some sort of liberal hypocrisy, the “likes” on my Facebook pages see a dive and I lose a few followers on Twitter.
Every. Single. Time.
Who cares if I’m a constant advocate for gay rights, climate change, women’s rights, income inequality, combating Republican ignorance, fighting for racial equality or a whole host of other liberal topics that I’ve written about hundreds of times – I dared to express an opinion that wasn’t within the “acceptable parameters” of some liberals so they instantly removed every possible link to my writing from ever being able to flash across their screen again.
And when that happens, all people do is surround themselves with sources that, as Noah stated, validate their opinion – whether or not the information they’re being given is actually true.
Especially when it comes to the Clinton vs. Sanders debate. It’s absurd.
Most people are aware of the fact that I’m a Clinton supporter. That said, I’ve continually stated my ultimate goal this November is to keep the White House out of Republican hands and help Democrats gain as much power back in Congress as possible. There’s just far too much on the line to let Republicans walk all over us when it comes to this election.
In fact, I’m probably one of the only pro-Clinton people who’s been frequently banned by pro-Clinton fanatics on Twitter and Facebook for calling out some their absurd rhetoric against Bernie Sanders. Hell, I wrote an article expressing my utter disdain for Debbie Wasserman Schultz that resulted in quite a few “unlikes” and messages from Clinton people accusing me of being a “Bernie bro.”
Nothing like being called both a “shill for Hillary” and a “Bernie bro” in the exact same day.
As Democrats, liberals, progressives – whatever the heck someone wants to call themselves, we’re not supposed to act like this. Well, at least not in theory. We’re supposed to be the open-minded side that deals with facts, math, science, history and reality. We’re not supposed to get irrationally wrapped up in our own personal desire for something to be true even if it isn’t. That’s what we make fun of conservatives for doing.
Sadly, this is becoming an increasing phenomenon on the left. It’s largely been driven by social media where it’s easy for someone to simply pick and choose what “news” and “information” they want to receive.
Unfortunately, it’s a trend I think we’re going to see more of as social media has now become an everyday part of nearly all of our lives. All I can say to everyone reading this is, please, don’t just surround yourself with opinions with which you agree. Always be open-minded, don’t buy into conspiracies and believe actual facts before your own personal desire for something to be true. Fact check information as often as you can – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
As progressives, the last thing we need to do is start acting as close-minded and ignorant as conservatives.
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