John Oliver creates ads to help Trump distinguish fact from fiction – Los Angeles Times
After a three-month hiatus that felt even longer, HBOâ€™s â€œLast Week Tonightâ€ returned Sunday with its first episode since Donald Trumpâ€™s inauguration, and host Oliver had a big lesson for the already embattled president.Â
The main story of the night focused on Trumpâ€™s preference for â€œalternative factsâ€ on issues including crime rates, unemployment andÂ voter fraud. As Oliver noted, TrumpÂ is known to be an avidÂ consumer of cable news (and often appears to tweet about things he just watched on TV) and â€œfrighteningly unreliableâ€ outlets such as Breitbart and Infowars.Â
This leads to a worrying cycle, Oliver argued: â€œTrump sees something that jibes with his worldview, doesnâ€™t check it, half-remembers it, and then passes it on, at which point it takes on a life of its own and appears to validate itself.â€
At the same time, Oliver said, the president is worryingly short when it comes to knowledge about the kind of boring but vital subjects that cable news tends to ignore like, for instance, the nuclear triad.Â
Oliver decided to produce ads inspired by the low-budget medical device commercials often seen on cable news networks, and run themÂ in the Washington, D.C. area during â€œFox & Friends,â€ â€œMorning Joeâ€ and â€œNew Dayâ€ in hopes the president might learn a thing or two.
â€œUntil weâ€™re shut down, weâ€™re prepared to educate Donald Trump, one by one, on topics weâ€™re pretty sure he doesnâ€™t know about.â€
Oliver is known for going the extra step with his comedy (and HBOâ€™sÂ money), and has even run commercialsÂ before: In 2015, he bought air time on Trinidadian television in order to taunt a FIFA official.Â
A representative for HBO confirmed that the ads appeared MondayÂ morning on FOX (at 8:48 a.m. EST), MNSBC (8:29 a.m.) and CNN (8:50 a.m.). If you happened to miss them, you can watch here, but be warned â€” some (censored) naughty languageÂ is involved.
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