DEBUNKED: Trevor Noah’s Rant is Factually Incorrect

This week, Trevor Noah, the failing host of the once popular Comedy Central news spoof – The Daily Show, released a “viral rant”.  The video attacked Donald Trump, painting him as a racist and xenophobe.

As evidence to further Noah’s political positions, he offered up some facts about immigrants.  This is where Noah’s show really lived up to the Company moniker, pure comedy, as each one of his assertions are categorically false.  This attempt to create some buzz about his tanking show is just disgraceful.

Noah said, “The good people of America know the greatest country in the world is the country where you can come in and create anything.  I’m talking about coming here and creating Google, one of the most powerful companies in the world.”

pageExcept, there are some problems with that statement. Google was co-founded by two men, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.  Larry Page, who is credited as the true founder of google, was born and educated in the United States.  Sergey Brin came to the U.S. from Russia at the age of 6.  All of his education was given to him in the United States.

Page, a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision. In it, he somehow managed to download the entire Web and by examining the links between the pages he saw the world’s information in an entirely new way.

What Page wrote down that night became the basis for an algorithm.  He called it PageRank and used it to power a new Web search engine called BackRub. The name didn’t stick.

Larry Page is the Steve Jobs of Google.  Like Jobs, Page has a co-founder, Sergey Brin, but Page has always been his company’s true visionary and driving force.  Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan, United States.

brinSergey Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of 6. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a PhD in computer science. There he met Page, with whom he later became friends.

Brin received every piece of the education he used to help create google in the United States.  His parents were admitted into this country, in part because of their highly advanced educations and career potential.  His father is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, and his mother a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

You see, Trevor, Google’s driving force was a born and bred American.  It’s other co-founder was brought here as a child and owes his success, in part, to America.  In fact, one could argue, had it not been for the U.S. and the free market system it adheres to, Google would not exist.  To the extent, Brin brought half of what was needed to create google, it was furthered developed because of the United States, not in spite of.

jobsThe next piece of this garbage commentary is Steve Jobs.  Noah said, “Let me tell you something about the United States.  The United States is the home of Steve Jobs.  A man whose family were refugees, who came to this country, from the place you’re trying to shut down.  You know who came from Syria?  The iPhone came from Syria.”

Again, big problem here, Trevor.  The iPhone did not come from Syria.  Steve Jobs’s biological father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali was born into a Muslim household and grew up in Homs, Syria.  He pursued a PhD at the University of Wisconsin, where he met, Steve Jobs’ mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, a Catholic of Swiss and German descent, who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin.

Schieble gave birth to Jobs on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, and chose to put him up for adoption.  Jobs was then placed with the Bay Area blue collar couple Paul and Clara Jobs.  Jobs does not credit any of his success to his biological parents (half of which was American).  Later in life, Jobs would become upset when Paul and Clara were referred to as “adoptive parents” as they “were my parents 1,000%.”

Paul and Clara adopted Jobs’s sister Patricia in 1957 and the family paul-and-clara-jobsmoved to Mountain View, California in 1961. It was during this time that Paul built a workbench in his garage for his son in order to “pass along his love of mechanics.”

But all of this aside, Jobs was a visionary and had a major role in the development of the iPhone, but the first concept for an iPhone type device came about in 2000 when Apple worker, and American, John Casey sent some concept art around via internal email, he called it the Telipod – a telephone and iPod combination. However, this idea eventually evolved into the iPhone we know today.

It was Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs who directed Apple’s engineers to develop a touch screen, mobile phone. Jobs at first was considering an Apple tablet computer, that desire eventually manifested in the iPad.

trevor3The problem with spewing rhetoric like this is that people actually believe it.  If you’re intention was to mislead millions of Americans, Trevor, well done.  Because I’m sure it wont be long before someone tries to use this as a talking point in a political conversation.

According to Nielsen, the Comedy Central show’s viewership has declined by 50% since Jon Stewart left The Daily Show. Noah reached his highest rating with his first episode, which is very telling. Under the South African comedian’s tenure, The Daily Show typically scores a 0.32 rating among adults 18 -49 and roughly 820,000 viewers. Sometimes, it even attracts less than 600,000.

These ratings aren’t disastrous, but considering that politics are the bread and butter of late night television, Noah’s numbers are disappointing. Given this preposterous election season, the material practically writes itself. In Jon Stewart’s 2011-2012 season, his nightly average was 1.7 million viewers.

Check your watch, Trevor Noah.  You’re 15 minutes are almost up.

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