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Don't Call John Oliver a Journalist

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    If you want to see John Oliver scoff then call him a journalist. He really doesn't like being called that and recently said that calling him one shows the sad state of affairs that is modern day journalism.



    I have to admit that I got a good laugh out of that because it is pretty depressing to think that more and more Americans are turning to comedians to get their 'news' than ever before.

    Last Week Tonight is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows to watch and I haven't missed an episode yet. Viewers must agree with me because he already has more weekly viewers than Billl Maher, who has been with HBO for a decade now. What I like best about John Oliver is his ability to tackle some of the most complex issues in America and throughout the world and explain them in laymen's terms while also making us laugh. It takes a special person to do something like that.

    So Oliver may not like being called a journalist, but I, and millions of other people, turn to him to explain things that our media either can't or won't cover. Call it whatever you want, but I will call him one of the most trusted names when it comes to covering current affairs in our country.
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    That was a great interview. I was really taken aback when he talked about grateful he is for Jon Stewart.

    “[Jon Stewart] literally taught me how to do everything I am doing now. All the things I’m doing are the direct result of lessons I was taught by him.”

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    “I think it’s pretty much an objective fact I owe him everything… all I’m doing now is using the muscles he gave me.”


    That was touching to hear him speak so openly and candidly about that. It's not something you hear often from people who "make it" in show business.
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    Good interview. Yeah, it's really sad that major news channels are so bought and paid for, and/or so obviously slanted either toward the left or right or sensationalism that our best viable option is to get our straight talk news from comedians of all people.

    On paper it sounds ridiculous. But in practice, it makes a ton of sense to me. I think I have heard more truth over the years out of stand-up comedians like George Carlin, Joe Rogan, Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock than maybe any other one form of information outlet, strange as that may sound. Certainly more than any news organization. And it's because they have the freedom to say what they actually think. That's the biggest part; they are not contractually censored, like 'journalists'. They don't have to worry about pissing off sources, or 'playing the corporate advertising game', or any of that.

    Oliver isn't a journalist in the traditional sense, but his show is certainly more than comedy. It's editorial in nature. They research. They fact check. They do their home work in a very comprehensive way. ... Sounds like quality journalism to me.
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    My favorite was Stephen Colbert, but now that he's gone there has to be a new favorite for me. John Oliver definitely takes up that mantel for me.
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    NeoLogic Wrote:On paper it sounds ridiculous. But in practice, it makes a ton of sense to me. I think I have heard more truth over the years out of stand-up comedians like George Carlin, Joe Rogan, Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock than maybe any other one form of information outlet, strange as that may sound. Certainly more than any news organization. And it's because they have the freedom to say what they actually think. That's the biggest part; they are not contractually censored, like 'journalists'. They don't have to worry about pissing off sources, or 'playing the corporate advertising game', or any of that.
    This is a great point. A good comedian has a fundamental grasp of what is going on in America and around the world and is able to explain it in ways that only a comedian can.

    George Carlin's comedic genius is, in my opinion, second to none. His 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" bit will go down as one of the best pieces of comedy ever. I still crack up at that every time I watch it.

    I also agree that Oliver's not a journalist in the traditional sense, but I'd suggest that he and his team do a better job of researching, fact checking, and explaining some very complex issues in a way some 'real' journalists could only dream of.