Actual Comedian Bob Monkhouse once said:
“They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. Well, they’re not laughing now”.
This phrase could be aptly applied to unfunny ‘comedian’ John Oliver who hosts the American show ‘Last Week Tonight’.
For those who haven’t seen the show, don’t bother. Here’s what it’s about. It’s a chippy, pretentious, axe grinding, self-righteous show whose host reminds one of the blabber mouth schoolboys who make one almost sympathise with the school bully.
If this wasn’t reason enough not to watch John Oliver’s show, now it turns out that there’s another: it can be properly classified as an exercise in ‘state media’.
Recent leaked emails show correspondence between Oliver and individuals at the notorious Clinton Foundation…
This could explain why Oliver continually attacks Donald Trump with un-humorous sketches with cringe worthy punchlines.
Yes, it seems Oliver’s show is a ‘Clinton propaganda bullhorn’ which may also be ‘state sponsored’.
If you’re wondering why I’m putting these remarks in quotes, it’s because these are the epithets used by members of the Obama administration to insult RT.
How ironic it is that one of the love children of the hawkish neo-liberal media turns out to be reading from the Clinton script, where by contrast RT doesn’t tell anyone what to say.
If you’ve seen my recent appearances on RT, you’ll know that thankfully they also do not tell their guests what to wear.
But now it’s clear that John Oliver is working as what can only be described as an agent of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Now as a proponent of free speech, I believe John Oliver has the right to praise Hillary Clinton all day long.
He has the right to be unfunny and call himself a comedian.
He has the right to criticise Donald Trump.
But I am also a believer in ethics. If someone is telling him what to say, then admit it. He could simply say that by trade he is a comedian who is working on behalf of the Clinton Foundation to promote her campaign through his unique brand of laugh-less humour.
That would be simple. But ethics and the Clintons seem to be mutually exclusive things. To quote John Kerry, they reside in a parallel universe.
The important lesson in this story is that when people – up to and including Donald Trump himself – say that mainstream media are Hillary’s biggest supporters, this is not bluster from Mr. Trump.
It is sadly the fact and Mr. Oliver’s leaked emails prove this. Like his comedy, this scandal is no laughing matter.
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