Trevor Noah Debuts on the “Daily Show” With Pledge to Continue “War on Bullshit”


Last night, Trevor Noah premiered as the new host of the Daily Show with a fresh round of jokes about the pope’s recent visit to the United States and John Boehner’s surprise decision to resign as House speaker late last week.

But before diving into the news of the hour, the South African comedian used his opening monologue to thank Jon Stewart for the opportunity and promised to continue fighting his predecessor’s 16-year “war on bullshit.”

“Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host,” Noah said. “He was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways our political dad. It’s weird, because Dad has left and now it feels like the family has a new stepdad—and he’s black.”

“Thank you, John,” he continued. “Thank you for believing in me. I’m not quite sure what you saw in me, but I’ll work hard everyday to find it. And I’ll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa.”

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“Great journalism really does make a difference in this world: it can even save kids.”

That’s what a civil rights lawyer wrote to Julia Lurie, the day after her major investigation into a psychiatric hospital chain that uses foster children as “cash cows” published, letting her know he was using her findings that same day in a hearing to keep a child out of one of the facilities we investigated.

That’s awesome. As is the fact that Julia, who spent a full year reporting this challenging story, promptly heard from a Senate committee that will use her work in their own investigation of Universal Health Services. There’s no doubt her revelations will continue to have a big impact in the months and years to come.

Like another story about Mother Jones’ real-world impact.

This one, a multiyear investigation, published in 2021, exposed conditions in sugar work camps in the Dominican Republic owned by Central Romana—the conglomerate behind brands like C&H and Domino, whose product ends up in our Hershey bars and other sweets. A year ago, the Biden administration banned sugar imports from Central Romana. And just recently, we learned of a previously undisclosed investigation from the Department of Homeland Security, looking into working conditions at Central Romana. How big of a deal is this?

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