The Daily Show's Trevor Noah was more than happy to take up Ben Carson's challenge to prove that the media put President Obama through the same sort of scrutiny that Carson is crying about facing now.
Never mind the birtherism, or the clips played in an endless loop on ClusterFox by the likes of Sean Hannity and his pals of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, or questions about whether President Obama is a Muslim, and his books being dissected line by line by the right for anything they could go after him for, Carson wants us to believe that he's the most persecuted man on the planet because the media is taking a closer look at some of the downright insane claims he's made in some of his books and during his lectures over the years.
As Noah pointed out this Monday, that just isn't so: Trevor Noah destroys Carson’s claim that media is treating him worse than Obama:
Daily Show host Trevor Noah accepted Ben Carson’s challenge on Monday and sunk the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that then-Sen. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign was treated with kid gloves by the press.
“Yeah, so they vetted Obama to the point where they questioned whether he was a legitimate natural-born American citizen,” Noah observed. “But at least no one ever accused Obama of not stabbing a guy.”
Noah played a montage of news anchors and commentators speculating on everything from the nature of Obama’s relationships with Bill Ayers and Pastor Jeremiah Wright to his drug use in college to his “true identity,” which flew in the face of Carson’s statement last week that he did “not remember this level of scrutiny” being thrust upon Obama.
Since Carson recently released a rap single promoting his campaign, Noah said, it was natural for him to be concerned about maintaining his “street cred” — to the point where he was defending himself from accusations that he had not stabbed and attacked people in his youth.
“Maybe it’s me or where I’m from, but this sh*t is weird,” Noah said. “The media is saying, ‘Those rumors about you having a clean record and you being an upstanding member of society, those things are true.’ And Ben Carson’s like, ‘Bullsh*t! I’m dangerous and I tried to kill people and I’m a bad person and I should be president.’ What world are we living in?”
"What world?" indeed.