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John Oliver returns – calls Trump ‘a pathological liar’

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 15th, 2017 - 11 comments
Categories: humour, us politics - Tags: , , , ,

See the Guardian’s: John Oliver on Trump and the truth: ‘a pathological liar’.

Also well worth watching on current US affairs:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Real Time with Bill Maher

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11 comments on “John Oliver returns – calls Trump ‘a pathological liar’ ”

  1. Macro 1

    I think this is one of John Oliver’s most important analyses yet. He hits the truth fair and square, and highlights just where many of the Trump twitterings emanate from. Just how to deal with the “alternative facts” that drive the “thinking” of the “presidency” is both original and funny, and yet, you never know – it just might work!

    • weka 1.1

      He’s very good. I worry about him though. I can’t remember which dystopian novel it was, but something keeps tugging at the back of my mind, the point where the people that poked such sharp pointed fun at the King get hauled off to the dungeon. Oliver will be high on the list. I hope he has an exit plan.

      btw, I didn’t follow a lot of the hooha here last year very far, but Alex Jones wtf? He was being used here last year as serious back up for political argument? /facepalm.

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        If we keep following the Brave New World rather than 1984 template, they won’t need to imprison or persecute him: he’ll merely be made unheard by all the bullshit, smothered, diluted. More drowned out by a cacophony of beeps and whistles and sirens and bells and steam and rumbles and machinery and canned laugher and memes, rather than being a lone voice in the desert…

      • Carolyn_nth 1.1.2

        Oliver on Colbert Show – @ 8.45 mins

        John Oliver Doesn’t Think He’ll Get Deported, But He’s Being Cautious

      • Macro 1.1.3

        Yeah that Alex Jones is scary!
        Head shaking stuff when a large proportion of the US public including the current “president” (and some even on here!!) find him credible?
        As Oliver explains. When the non-thinking public hear Trump repeat the bullshit they have heard it validates it for them. He is the only one telling the “truth”.
        God help us.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2

      It won’t work. I wish it would.

      Edit: I don’t mean to say there’s no hope, I just think that satire isn’t the solution. Like those ads but…

      • Macro 1.2.1

        Your probably right. But how do you reach these people?
        I remember in the early days of the TV in NZ how it was hailed as the medium through which the population would be enriched with cultural advancement and become more educated, and aware of social issues etc…
        What we see instead is the dumbing down of the population, and in the US you would have to say many are now complete ignoramuses, and the head of the country is the prime example.

        • Carolyn_nth 1.2.1.1

          Part of the answer is a state funded public service media, with hands-off approach, so that management of it is separated from political manipulations. This would need to be built into the structure.

          Like Checkpoint, it needs to use multiple platforms. It also needs to host the kind of entertainment and dramas not usually seen on commercial platforms, plus news and current events.

          More community generated media as part of the public service provisions – created by and for people at the flax roots.

          When people can match what they see in the media, with their experiences, they are more likely to be critical of fake news. They have a point of connection, unlike the centralised corporate run media, produce from a distance to the consumers.

  2. chris73 2

    I thought it was funny when he pleaded with Trump to run, not finding it quite so funny now

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