Tag Archives: John Oliver

John Oliver On Third Parties [VIDEO]

Vulture recaps: There’s no denying that both major party presidential nominees have their drawbacks: One is considered by many to be too rehearsed and hard to relate to, while the other is a liar, alleged serial sexual predator, and definite racist. So it’s possible to feel sympathetic toward those undecided voters — though maybe not Ken Bone anymore — and …

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John Oliver On Guantanamo Prison [VIDEO]

The Week reports: On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, Oliver called the fact that Gitmo is still open one of Obama’s “inarguable failures.” A poll found that 52 percent of Americans think it should remain open, and while he sees the appeal — “potentially dangerous people are locked up and far away” — there are more reasons to shut it down. …

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John Oliver Rips Hannity Over Online Polls [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: One of the subjects of Oliver’s takedown was Trump’s good pal Sean Hannity, who at this point is operating less like a TV show host and more like a BFF of Trump’s who happens to be on TV. Hannity this week propelled the myth of the user-generated polls — which allegedly indicate that Trump “won” last Monday’s debate …

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John Oliver On The Candidates’ Scandals [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: On the eve of the first presidential debate, a broadcast event moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt that’s expected to attract as many as 100 million viewers, John Oliver returned to his Last Week Tonight hosting duties after a month-long hiatus (and one big Emmy win). There was, of course, a lot for the comedian to …

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John Oliver Takes On Predatory Auto Loans [VIDEO]

Oliver reports that that tactic could spawn another subprime crisis. Mediaite recaps: Predatory loans for auto sales was the focus of John Oliver‘s deep dive Sunday night on Last Week Tonight, highlighting the questionable processes by which lenders can lure prospective car owners into the fold. One of the main hallmarks of the segment was a certain type of popular …

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John Oliver On The Future Of Newspapers [VIDEO]

The Week recaps: “The media is a food chain that would fall apart without local newspapers,” Oliver said, noting the pricing structure of online versus print ads and detailing the decline of great papers like The Oregonian, and the increased workload on the remaining reporters. “If journalists are constantly required to write, edit, shoot videos, and tweet, mistakes are going …

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John Oliver On The Democratic Convention [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: The host of Last Week Tonight on HBO devoted his deep-dive segment to recapping the Republican and Democratic National Conventions Sunday night, emphasizing the the language used by Donald Trump in the days since Khizr Khan emotionally spoke in Philadelphia. Khan, the Muslim father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, has inadvertently gotten into a feud of …

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Jon Oliver On The GOP Convention [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune recaps: Putting his own spin on what just happened in Cleveland, Oliver opened by calling it a “3D IMAX (Expletive) Dumpster Fire.” And then the show did one of its trademark extended segments on the Republican convention, which was exactly the thing every “LWT” fan wanted to see. You’ll probably see headlines for it Monday like, “Watch …

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John Oliver Reads His YouTube Comments [VIDEO]

TIME recaps: HBO late night host John Oliver found humor in the mean comments viewers leave on his YouTube channel. In a web video—the series is on a break until July 24—Oliver read some of his favorite mean comments and some rave reviews about the Last Week Tonight hosts’ appearance. In true Oliver fashion, he refers to the comments as …

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John Oliver On Independence Day [VIDEO]

Raw Story recaps: As Americans celebrate our Independence Day, comedian John Oliver wonders if declaring independence from Great Britain was all that good of an idea after all. “First, there is the matter of your accents. These beautiful vowel sounds could have been yours. But instead from sea to shining sea, you speak like you just burnt your tongue on …

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John Oliver On The Brexit Result [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: Last week, British satirist John Oliver spent a considerable portion of his late-night HBO program, Last Week Tonight, addressing the upcoming EU referendum, and urging his viewers that it would be “absolutely crazy” for Britain to leave the European Union, warning of “wide-ranging implications both for the U.K. and the world’s economy.” Well, it turns out …

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John Oliver On This Week’s Brexit Vote [VIDEO]

The Week recaps: As Britain prepares to vote this Thursday on whether or not to remain in the European Union, John Oliver posed a question on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight that may very well be on the minds of many Americans: “Why should I care about what Britain does with the EU?” Well, as Oliver explains, “Britain leaving would be …

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John Oliver On Orlando: This Just Hurts [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly recaps: John Oliver opened Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight by commenting on the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub on early Sunday morning that left 50 people dead. “As I’m sure you know by now, at least 50 people were killed by a gunman at a gay nightclub in what is being described as a …

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John Oliver Forgives $15M In Medical Debt [VIDEO]

TIME reports: The debt-buying industry has lead to some unscrupulous practices among debt collectors and debt collection proceedings are clogging up courts across the country with lawsuits, the vast majority of which go unanswered. Many debt collectors also seem to have little respect for consumers and simply do whatever is necessary to make more money. So Oliver did the only …

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John Oliver On The Primary System [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: Despite the loud cries from the scores of Bernie Sanders faithful, it seems likely that now the stage is set for the final two contenders for the White House to go head-to-head. The developments that have propelled Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to the forefront of their parties have been steeped, often, in deep controversy. The primary and …

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John Oliver On The 911 System [VIDEO]

John Oliver notes that Uber drivers can often pinpoint your location more accurately than some 911 systems. Via Gizmodo: Many of the call centers that handle your emergency calls are powered by out-dated technology. John Oliver thinks that’s “fine if you’re describing a Radio Shack, but a little scary if you’re calling a place that handles emergency situations.” He reckons …

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John Oliver On Scientific Studies [VIDEO]

Yahoo recaps: On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver debunked scientific studies that make outrageous claims. Oliver pointed to an example of an all too familiar subject of studies: Coffee. “In just the last few months, we’ve seen studies about coffee that claim it may reverse the effects of liver damage, help prevent colon cancer, decrease the risk of endometrial …

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John Oliver On Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis [VIDEO]

TIME recaps: John Oliver turned his attention southward on Last Week Tonight to discuss Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is in a massive financial crisis, facing nearly $70 billion in debt, with a poverty rate of nearly 45%. “Puerto Rico is like the last Tower Records: everything’s overpriced, everyone’s being laid off, and there is still a really weird number …

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John Oliver Takes On Flint’s Lead Crisis [VIDEO]

Stick around for the Sesame Street singalong at the end. Via Salon: “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver last night centered his main segment on lead — as in the element that’s effectively poisoned the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. “Unfortunately, the problem is not just in Flint,” Oliver explained, citing a USA Today Network report that “found lead contamination …

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John Oliver Skewers Credit Report Agencies [VIDEO]

TIME recaps: This week, Last Week Tonight tackled credit reports, or as John Oliver calls them, “the basis for the single most important three digit number in your whole life other than 311, the Beatles of rap-rock.” Credit reports can affect many aspects of your life, including whether banks will lend you money or whether a landlord will rent you …

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