COMEDY 08/06/2018 05:21 am ET The "Last Week Tonight" host said one claim is "just flagrantly false." By Ed Mazza President Donald Trump tweeted a defense of his “wonderful son” Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday, and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver didn’t know how to begin unpacking it: Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018 Oliver said: “There is so much wrong there, from the fact it undermines the excuse he supposedly dictated that this meeting was about Russian adoptions to claiming he didn’t know about it, and if he did, nothing happened, and if it wasn’t, he didn’t know about it.” But that wasn’t what … [Read more...] about John Oliver Exposes The Most ‘Galling Lie’ In Trump’s Defense Of Don Jr.
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COMEDY 04/09/2018 05:11 am ET "Last Week Tonight" reveals how crisis pregnancy centers really operate. By Ed Mazza John Oliver took on the issue of abortion on Sunday night, exposing the tactics of pseudo-health care organizations known as crisis pregnancy centers. These centers can often seem like a resource for women considering or in need of abortions, but many are just fronts for anti-abortion activists who use deceptive tactics to persuade women to remain pregnant. Some of these clinics even receive taxpayer funding. Crisis pregnancy centers manage to “stop just short of the line” where they would be regulated as legitimate health care providers, which allows them to get away with what Oliver called “emotional manipulation,” “coercive” behavior and outright “bullshit.” After exposing the groups on Sunday’s broadcast of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver then announced … [Read more...] about John Oliver Exposes The Shady World Of Anti-Abortion Activists
As usual, John Oliver didn't mince words on Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight in blasting his latest target: Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. Pruitt has been under scrutiny for several questionable expenditures, including his swollen security detail blowing through overtime budgets and at times diverting officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars for a 20-member full-time detail that is more than three times the size of his predecessor’s part-time security contingent. Nearly three dozen EPA security and law enforcement agents were assigned to Pruitt, according to a summary of six weeks of weekly schedules obtained by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Those schedules show multiple EPA security agents accompanied Pruitt on a family vacation to California that featured a day at Disneyland and a New Year’s Day football game where his home state Oklahoma Sooners were playing in … [Read more...] about John Oliver Blasts EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: “Even Mickey and Minnie Mouse Would Tell Him to Go F— Himself”
COMEDY 04/02/2018 05:09 am ET "Last Week Tonight" host calls out a broken system. By Ed Mazza 3.5k John Oliver called out what just may be one of the worst parts of the U.S. legal system. On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver showed how children can be forced to defend themselves in immigration court because they were not entitled to legal representation. “I’ve taught immigration law literally to 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds,” immigration judge Jack H. Weil argued in 2016. “It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience. They get it. It’s not the most efficient, but it can be done.” “No, it can’t!” an incredulous Oliver shot back. “You can’t teach immigration law to a 3-year-old. You can’t even explain to a child that age that Elmo isn’t his best friend.” See his full takedown of the system ― and many of its other flaws ― in the … [Read more...] about John Oliver Shreds The Feds For Forcing Kids To Appear In Court Without Lawyers
But Daly has also invited Oliver to attend an event next week in Colorado Springs at which Pence's wife and daughter will discuss a new book about the family's pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo.Oliver noted on his March 18 program that Focus on the Family "has a history of promoting conversion therapy. For a decade, it promoted a 'conference addressing, understanding and preventing homosexuality' called Love Won Out, which could not sound any more like a euphemism for masturbating."Additionally, Oliver continued, FOTF founder Dr. James Dobson "wrote a book called Marriage Under Fire in which he stated that 'Focus on the Family promotes the truth that homosexuality is treatable and preventable.'"Focus on the Family has "claimed they have softened their message" since Dobson parted ways with his creation in 2010, Oliver maintained. But in an email exchange with Westword, Paul Batura, FOTF's vice president of communications, confirms that conversion therapy retains favored status.The organization … [Read more...] about Focus on the Family Calls John Oliver “Vile” After Mike Pence Takedown