John Oliver used the Sunday July 20 edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight as a platform to condemn the privatization of the American prison system. Rather than describing both sides of the issue, Oliver told horror stories from prisons that outsource healthcare and food provision without mentioning similar stories from publicly run prisons. According to Oliver, the verdict is straightforward: “private prisons are bad.”
The British comedian spent 18 of his 30 minute show decrying the “drug laws that do seem to be a little draconian, and a lot racist,” as well as the “dismantling of our mental health system” that lead to America having “more prisoners at the moment than China.” Of course, he failed to mention that the Chinese government usually chooses the death penalty over imprisonment, and according to CNN, “executed more people than any other country last year.” [See video below. Click here for MP3 audio]
On the July 14 edition of Hardball With Chris Matthews, the left-wing MSNBC host continued his pattern of spewing convenient yet historically inaccurate facts. After playing an amusing, if not crude, clip of John Oliver poking fun at the recently unearthed love letters of former President Warren G. Harding, he joked, “is it worth noting that the presidential election of 1920 was the first in which men and women both voted thanks to the passage of the 19th amendment?”
Classic Matthews to forget that women actually had presidential suffrage in over half the states before the passage of the 19th Amendment. In fact, women voters actually had a large impact on the 1916 reelection of the incumbent and very first progressive president, Woodrow Wilson. [See video below. Click here for MP3 audio]
In an extended screed against the horrors of income inequality, HBO’s John Oliver ripped into his adopted home country for its inaction on this supposedly devastating issue. The British-born Last Week Tonight host showed clip after clip dedicated to furthering his point, stating with sarcasm that the “roaring 20s were famously the party that never ended,” in reference to the looming depression that followed.
Oliver accused the rich of “running up the score. If our economy was a little league game, someone would have called it by now.” The former Daily Show contributor continued by claiming that the United States has introduced “policies that disproportionately favor the wealthy,” as if broad-based tax cuts benefit only the 1%, or something. In trying to identify why America is so intent on advocating such policies, Oliver found his culprit: [MP3 audio here; video below]
Princess Peach and Princess Zelda about to have sex with each other? Sadly, that’s not such a far-fetched notion after the May 18 episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
Sunday was the 10-year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Gay rights groups complained last week that Nintendo’s new “Tomodachi” game did not include the option to marry an avatar of the same-sex, the story was heavily covered by the media (because no aspect of life – however trivial – can be allowed to stand unpoliticized). Nintendo apologized and promised to be more inclusive in the future – thus giving comedian John Oliver comic fodder: What will Nintendo look like in the future with gay characters?
Former "Daily Show" comedian John Oliver launched his new program on HBO last night and hilariously eviscerated a commercial that once touted Cover Oregon, the state's now-defunct health insurance exchange.
The ad was such insipid treacle that many people seeing it for the first time are certain to wonder if it's a parody. (Video after the jump, vulgarity alert)
Thursday’s Washington Post promoted the forthcoming HBO news-satire show starring “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver, run by a former head writer for “The Daily Show.” But reporter Paul Farhi passes along claims that it won’t be like “The Daily Show.” Right. By story's end, it's clear he doesn't believe that, either.
But in classic Comedy Central fashion Oliver’s team previewed their tilt by releasing two YouTube videos mocking the Republican National Committee’s “latest outreach ad to young voters.” It suggests that young Republicans wear stupid clothes (too-small leather jackets), ride tricycles, and engage in “non-vaginal intercourse with girls they met at Christian summer camp" (video below):
As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews last Wednesday predicted Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
On Monday, John Oliver while substitute-hosting Comedy Central's Daily Show marvelously illustrated Matthews' propensity to make horribly wrong predictions concluding, "Chris Matthews doesn't just routinely have egg on his face - he has a chicken copping a squat onto his face" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):
CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria appeared on the Daily Show, Thursday,to knock the idea that Barack Obama is an isolationist and hint about an "imperialist" U.S. government.
In a web only section of the interview, Zakaria argued, "We've moved into Asia more significantly. We're building a new military base in Australia. We spend more on our defenses than the next 20 countries put together, 15 of which are treaty allies of the United States." Zakaria joked, "If this is isolationism, you know, I mean, what would imperialism look like?" Fill-in host John Oliver offered a expletive-laced question to set up Zakaria.
Jon Stewart is taking the summer off to film Rosewater, a story about the detention and torture of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, but “Senior British Correspondent” John Oliver has the helm until Labor Day. While the Daily Show is known for it’s political satire, its hosts have been known to cross the line concerning their antipathy towards conservatives, specifically Oliver’s desire to shoot and kill Tim Tebow. The reason: he’s open about his Christian faith.
As NewsBusters reported, Vice President Joe Biden made a stupendously stupid comment on Sunday's Meet the Press about the NBC sitcom Will and Grace doing "more to educate the American public [about homosexuality] than almost anything anybody’s ever done."
The Daily Show marvelously lampooned this issue as well as the President's "evolving" position on same-sex marriage Tuesday with John Oliver making the accurate media comment, "TV has never been gayer" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CBS This Morning on Friday boosted left-wing comedian John Oliver's smear on Rick Santorum, and conservatism in general, where he equated the GOP presidential candidate with a hardcore drug like crack cocaine: "America likes its conservatism cut with plenty of baking powder because one hit of the pure stuff, and you'll wake up with Eric Stoltz...having just plunged an adrenaline needle into your heart."
Anchor Charlie Rose praised the offensive crack, which aired on Thursday's Daily Show: "Don't you love John Oliver?" Erica Hill agreed with her co-anchor, and added, "Always gives us a good laugh. We like that." Later that morning, a post on the far-left website Daily Kos praised Oliver's entire rant as "brilliant," as it supposedly "tells the truth about what the GOP really wants to do" [audio available here; video below the jump].
The Washington Post's Express tabloid profiled British-accented Daily Show star John Oliver on Thursday, reveling in how he covered Sarah Palin's "flag-draped liberty coach" bus tour and told Jon Stewart on the Rupert Murdoch-harming News of the World phone-hacking scandal "I'm about to give you a schadenfraude-gasm, Jon."
He's no fan of the Republican presidential field: "I think all the candidates [are] very gifted at inspiring comedy from abject despair. Michele Bachmann certainly has a special quality to her. Her speeches are like semantic palindromes; they make exactly as much sense when you read them backward as when you read them forward." The paper didn't ask for Obama jokes.
On Wednesday's All Things Considered, NPR's Ari Shapiro let The Daily Show's John Oliver and The Washington Post's Dana Milbank cast aspersions on some of the declared 2012 Republican presidential candidates and their surrogates. Oliver mocked the talking points of a Ron Paul spokesman as "pointless" and "meaningless," while Milbank derided the candidacy of Herman Cain.
Host Melissa Block introduced Shapiro's report about the White House correspondent's first visit to a post-presidential debate spin room, and gave a hint of its overall mocking tone: "The spin room might be a good name for an amusement park ride or part of a fun house. That makes it a perfect fit for a presidential campaign, which can get a bit wacky even in these early days."
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is clearly doing its part to create unity within the Democrat party.
On Tuesday, TDS's John Oliver spoke with a group of Clinton supporters who aren't giving up the fight to get Hillary the presidential nomination.
Not understanding their anguish, Oliver sought the assistance of a child psychologist to not only explain the mental malady, but also put the afflicted guests through some exercises that will hopefully cure them in time to allow Barack Obama to defeat John McCain in November (video embedded after the fold, mild vulgarity):