Another fantastic bit from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, one of the best shows on TV.
John Oliver demonstrates again why he’s one of the best commentators on our dysfunctional society, with a great segment on the major problem of online harassment.
Part of this video deals with journalist Amanda Hess’s awful tales of harassment on Twitter, and they really are awful. No one should be targeted like she was.
But I’m at a loss to explain how someone who was a target of this kind of threatening harassment could write an article like this one, defending one of the worst cyberstalkers ever to abuse Twitter, Chuck C. Johnson.
John Oliver might be the first interviewer who has ever asked Edward Snowden some hard questions about what he did. In this Last Week Tonight clip, Oliver presses Snowden relentlessly on why he stole and released so many secret documents without ever reading them — and Snowden doesn’t come off well at all. And Oliver does this while still addressing our very real concerns about privacy and surveillance, a balancing act no one else has managed to achieve.
It’s sad that we’ve reached a state where comedians do a better job of real journalism than most journalists, who’ve acted more as sycophantic enablers of Snowden’s actions than anything else.
John Oliver continues a string of hits, with this meticulous dissection of the terrible economics of the NCAA — also known as one of the biggest scams in America.
The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.
Like many things, it’s all Kaiser Wilhelm’s fault.
The anti-vaccination movement is incredibly self-destructive and flat out stupid, but as John Oliver points out in this excellent segment from Last Week Tonight, the pharmacology industry is not always sane or ethical, either.
There’s a lot of wacky inadvertently comedic stuff going on in local races this year, and here’s John Oliver mining that rich motherlode of material for an extended bit from last night’s Last Week Tonight.
Dr. Jane Goodall gives as good as she gets in this hilarious interview with John Oliver about her work with chimpanzees.