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♪ what i feel... from comedy central's world news headquarters in new york, this is... -♪ -(cheering, applause) welcome to the daily show. we're back. it's a monday and we're back. thank you so much, everybody. thank you so much. i'm trevor noah. my guest tonight, prison reform advocate and author of writing my wrongs, shaka senghor is joining us, people. (cheering, applause) but to start today's show, let's, uh, let's talk about the vinyl sofa stuffed with racist refrigerator poetry. i'm talking about donald trump. (laughter) with his ever-increasing lead in the republican primaries, a lot of people have started asking the question:
how dangerous would a donald trump presidency be? newsman: the economist magazine's intelligence unit has now listed a trump presidency among its top ten threats to the world. newsman: in its updated global risk assessment, a trump presidency would be as dangerous to the world economy as the possibility of islamic terrorists destabilizing global growth. goddamn! (laughter) trump is as dangerous as terrorism? what a slap in the face to isis. -(laughter) -50,000 fighters and one man is the same level of world threat. yeah, like maybe one day we'll be flying and say, "i don't want to alarm anybody, "but i think i saw a trump on the plane. (laughter) how do i know? because he was wearing that thing on his head." -(laughter) -it's his hair. come on, it's his hair. so, uh, this highlights the question i think many of us have been asking: how did donald trump go from being the guy who fake-fired people on tv to the orange-tinted terror?
you know, how the (bleep) did we get here? it's the subject of our new segment: how the (bleep) we got here. -♪ -(cheering, applause) tonight we're gonna look at whether part of the responsibility for donald trump's rise lies with the news media. now, it's a complicated question with a lot... i'm just playing. the answer is yes. yes, the media is responsible. take, for example, cbs, the biggest of the four broadcast networks. and you know it has the interests of everyday americans at heart, because it gives a voice to not one, but two broke girls. they also have a huge news division, including their national network and many local tv and radio stations. so with donald trump turning american democracy into a cross between wrestlemania and mad max, how is this election going from cbs's perspective? well, at a media investors conference last month, the ceo of cbs, les moonves, he gave us his answer.
man: the polls are open. (noah chuckling, audience groaning) yes, that's a terrible thing to say. why is it when people say, "this is a terrible thing to say," -they don't stop talking? -(laughter) that's a big hint that you probably shouldn't finish your sentence. it's almost like when people say, "this might be... this might sound racist, but," yeah, just stop talking. just stop talking. you can end it there. "i'm not saying cannibalism should be allowed, but..." yeah, stop talking. just stop there. "i'm not saying bill cosby is a saint, but..." no, no. just stop there. and les moonves, he's no fool. what he said about cbs is what everybody in the business is thinking. everybody's covering trump because it gets great ratings. newswoman: donald trump equals ratings gold. newsman: fox's first gop debate this season shattered every record all at once
with 24 million viewers. and that's making a lot of money for the networks. newsman: cnn reportedly charged 40 times its usual rate for ads during the three-hour extravaganza. 40 times the usual rate. that's $200,000 for a 30-second ad. i mean, i guess that explains why wolf blitzer has new rims. you know? i... damn, blitzer! back at it again with the news van! so whenever the media cover donald trump, they make a lot of money, and it's equally true whether they're covering news events, like debates, or non-events that just contain the word "trump." newsman: hold on a second, hold on a second. here's donald trump, i think, a picture of him. here he is... newswoman: that is an airfield that we may see the trump plane land... we've been watching and waiting for the better part of the half hour here as donald trump is supposed to stand behind that podium in front of those, uh, four american flags and speak. newswoman: this is where the republican frontrunner, donald trump, is about to appear from behind those black curtains. are you (bleep) me?
you keep the camera on the curtain in case they miss donald trump's entrance? trust me, no one has ever missed a donald trump entrance ever. i can guarantee you, no one has ever been in a room with donald trump and said, "oh, donald, i didn't see you come in, i didn't see that. i, uh..." yeah, he's the opposite of a ninja. that's what donald trump is. you know when he's coming in. ♪ bom, bom, bish, bom, bom, bom, bish, bom... ♪ (whooping, applause) you can cover something else. but maybe, maybe these were, you know, slow news days. nothing else going on. it's not like the media turns its back on other, perhaps, more important news, like the autopsy report of a young black woman who died in police custody. newswoman: we're listening here to this news conference being given by a number of officials there in texas in the wake of the death of sandra bland, and they're about to use some photographs, um, to make some examples from this autopsy. so we're gonna pull away from this right now. we're gonna come back to it momentarily, but i just want to pivot to donald trump there about to speak. look, people, sandra bland will be dead forever, but donald trump only speaks into a microphone
23 times a day, so we're gonna go to that now. it's gotten so extreme that last week one high-placed source observed that trump can do just... adding, it's... and that source should know. because that source's name is donald trump. even he thinks the way he gets covered is insane. and that's from a guy who sees waterboarding as foreplay. so... so the media loves trump, because covering trump makes the media money. but as i've learned from american drug commercials, there are some side effects. without the... without television networks, web sites and newspapers, donald trump would probably not be the frontrunner. you're effectively giving him infomercials. that's right. the news media has been giving trump free infomercials, which he turns into what look like actual infomercials. look at that (bleep). what is he selling there? what is he doing? and this was the statistic that blew my mind.
because if donald trump actually had to pay for all that advertising the media is giving him for free, guess how much $50 frozen steaks that would set him back. he has done so incredibly well out of all this free media coverage he's got. you know, the new york times looked at this, and they came up with this incredible figure: almost $2 billion over the last nine months or so. newsman: that eclipses all of his other republican competitors combined. the media has given trump $2 billion worth of free coverage. that's the equivalent of every commercial in the super bowl for the last five years. yeah. yeah. and frankly, america would be better off with president puppy monkey baby. that thing is creepy as (bleep), but i'll still choose it as a president... i would vote president puppy monkey baby as my president. i mean, here's how over the top this is. abc's world news tonight gave donald trump just 15 minutes less coverage than it gave ebola, which is insane.
although it sort of makes sense, because, like ebola, trump goes viral. uh... yeah, and makes you bleed from your eyes and ears. so, uh, so, maybe more than ever before, the news media's rewarding entertainment and helping to put the very entertaining donald trump close to the republican nomination. and everyone sees it. everyone sees it. remember when marco rubio spent a week talking about donald trump's tiny bing bing? yeah? remember that? people were saying, "why would rubio stoop down to that level?" well, marco told us why. reality tv has infected our politics. for months i've been giving speeches on public policy and nobody paid a lot of attention. and the minute that i mentioned anything personal about donald trump, every network cut in live to my speeches, hoping i would say more of it. so, then they could go on the air and say, "oh, this is so sad." subtitle: "we're gonna keep giving it coverage 'cause it's good for our ratings." boring! talk about trump's dick, you dirty bastard. i'm sorry, rubio. so, the next time you see donald trump on your television
or donald trump's airplane or his empty podium, you'll know why. it's not necessarily because he has earned that air time. and the people who are giving it to him are well aware of the consequences. uh, which brings us back to cbs's les moonves, who, maybe not while intending to, was clearly speaking for the entire news media industry when he summed up why companies like his are promoting donald trump the way they are. yeah. the news media are supposed to keep the system healthy. but this year they're like a doctor who says, "i hate to see all these patients coming in with cancer, "but have i to admit... (chuckles) "...it's been really good for my practice. oh, and, uh, breaking news, here's another cigarette." we'll be right back. (cheering, applause)
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starcraft, even tinder, all right. man, that game is hard, all right am can i never get to the next level. now of course some people are concerned about computers overthrowing us. and if that's the case, there are things we can do to slow down the advances, all right. like foark to, why are we teaching computers games like go and chess that are all about war strategy, huh? can't we teach them something harmless like uno or hungry hungry hypos? yeah, so even if they go rogue, they're just feeding more hypos, right. i'm sure that is good for the environment or something. but the reality is these computers aren't getting more dangerous, they are just becoming more human. >> to be good at this 2500 year old game, you need to have intuition. a characteristic that we used to think was uniquely human. >> that is right. computers are learning human intuition and as they evolve, it's clear they are picking up other human character stks as well. like humans as computers become smarter they are also getting
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(applause) shaka. >> how is it going. >> trevor: how are you doing, man. >> great, great. >> trevor: thanks for coming to the show. >> thanks for having me. >> trevor: you have such a fascinating story. correct me if i'm wrong. it book was wonderful, are you from detroit. you were in jail for 19 years. you basically got arrested when you were 19. but you were in the life of crime from the age of 14. >> yes, 14 kreers old. >> trevor: and then you got shot. >> multiple times when way 17 years old. >> trevor: so you got i gun. >> yup. >> trevor: and then one day you turned that gun on somebody else. >> yeah, 16 months later. i fired four fatal shots was sentenced to 17 to 40 years in ri son. served 19, self then solitary confinement. >> trevor: that is such a crazy story. what is crazy is not just the
fact that you were in, it is what you have done since you came out. i moan this is such a beautiful and fascinating story. but let's go back into that. the number one question pem ask, i even ask it when i raid this book. for somebody who was tried and convicted for second degree murder, why do you believe you deserve a second chance? >> i believe people are redeemable. i think that the decisions you make when are you young aren't necessarily the decisions you would make as an adult. and believe we really are redeemable. >> trevor: there is a beautiful section in the book where you talk a lot about atonement as opposed to forgiveness. you know, and there's a beautiful story. if you wouldn't mind telling it to the audience about you ho the gord mother of the victim that you shot actually reached out to you. >> yeah. about five or six years into my sentence the god mother sent me a very profound letter, it was two things she pointed out. one is, she said that she fore gave me based on her faith but she also said that she loved me. and that was something really
hard to digest at that time because i didn't love myself. but it was being able to take it in, absorb it, it allowed me to transform my life in a way that allowed me to be productive and positive person once i got out. >> trevor: this was not, when i started this is going to be like orange is the new black. it was not. it was not. >> no. >> trevor: but there must have been some funny moments in prison. there must have been, like even nelson mandela laughed at times in jail. were there moments in jail where you were like-- i know i'm here for a long time, but this is prison. >> prison itself is hilarious. people dnt really-- . >> trevor: i mean i wouldn't tut it like that. >> but if you wake up one day and are you just like wow, this guy is yus like sliding food across the wall with a-- . >> trevor: what do you mean who is doing that. >> the guy that sat across from you. how they exchange food, this is like kind of our internet. >> trevor: so you have-- wait so someone would send you food from another cell.
>> with a-- . >> trevor: did you have different food. >> sometimes you have different food or selling food for cigarette z. >> trevor: and you send it across with fish line. it is funny you say this sour internet. when you go away to prison for as long as you went away, when you come out what is the craziest thing that has changed in the worm. because it's like time travel. >> when i went to prison there was no internet no smartphones, no cars that talked. so everything was different when i came out. and it was just mind blowing to really absorb all the technology and to see how far we have advanced as a society. >> trevor: what was the first thing you did when you got on the internet. >> i created a facebook account. >> trevor: i would have gone for porn but you're a better man. >> i was trying to make that,. >> trevor: what is really beautiful about your story is, you know, you come out on the other side, from a prison system that you really prepare about needing reform. >> yeah. >> trevor: why is that so important as someone that was a
prisoner? >> well, i think it's important because for so many years people, we'll just lock them up and throw away. key. the reality is they lock people up and hide the key until it is time to come home two decades later. and the american public has been believing the testimony works and unfortunately it doesn't, so you are really just warehousing people, where there is a great opportunity to invest in people in a real way and when they come back as productive citizens. and it creates a safe environment for the men and women to return to. >> trevor: you talked about how the fact that programs have been removed from the system, learning programs, all of the prisoners. a lot of people won't understand this, they go what does it matter if prisoners can't learn, if prisoners can't fill their time. that is what they are supposed to be in prison for. how would you reply to that. >> my reply would be the skill sets this are learnable, there is making shang, there is no real world application.
>> trevor: making shangs. >> you have to survive in there. those skills have no real world application so when you think about somebody comingk ba, how are they supposed to reenter society if they don't have the skills to become productive tax paying citizens. >> trevor: it's a beautiful, fascinating story. since you have come out, you have met everyone. you have met oprah winfrey. >> yeah. >> trevor: i bet there are some people you said hey, if you had to go to jail for 19 years and then could you meet oprah, would you do it? they would probably say no, but they would think about t some people would be like no, that's enough. >> yeah. >> trevor: its people that you have met, the people that have now been a part of your life what is the biggest thing you hope for them to get across in terms of your message. >> that people are redeemable. and we have to start putting people away. we live in a society where we are so quick to dismiss a person that is incorrigible. it is men and women that want to do something meaningful when they get out. we have to create a platform for that to be our day to day ret. >> trevor: a beautiful story, man, beautiful book.
thank you for the message. (applause) i cannot recommend this book enough, writing my wrongs is available now, a beautiful story, shaka seng hour-- senghor, everybody. we'll be right back. what body aches? what knee pain? what sore elbow? advil liqui-gels make pain a distant memory nothing works faster stronger or longer what pain? advil. or, spend it on a burritorrito from a burrito place.
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