John Oliver Runs Spoof Ads During Shows Trump Watches to Help Educate the President

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Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Trump vs. Truth: Segment from John Oliver's HBO show "Last Week Tonight," February 12, 2017.Credit: Screen grab

John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," returns to airwaves with a scortching indictment of Donald Trump and his reliance on the so-called alt-right website Breitbart. In a segment taking on Trump's "special relationship" with the truth, Oliver skewered Trump for his propensity for mendacity and the fact that he gets much of his information from Fox News and Breitbart

“He also takes information in from frighteningly unreliable sources such as Breitbart, the organization which gave us Steve Bannon - now Trump’s chief strategist,” said Oliver. “Bretibart has published such Pulitzer-eligible stories as ‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,’ ‘Racist, Pro-Nazi roots of Planned Parenthood Revealed,’ and ‘Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage.’ You know, the kind of headlines you see your old high school friends share on Facebook and think, Oh, that’s a shame! I guess Greg sucks now.” 

“But Trump’s trust in Breitbart actually goes way back. A few years ago, Trump was challenged by Bill O’Reilly who correctly pointed out that [Trump’s] claim that ‘thousands of Muslims’ were seen celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11 was based on no evidence whatsoever,” continued Oliver.

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“This article says they were swarming all over the place!” exclaimed Trump, in clip shown by Oliver, holding up what seems to be a Breitbart article. “So, I don’t know what that means, but it means a lot of people!”

Oliver has a plan to educate Trump though: "There is one small way we wanted to try and sneak some useful facts into his media diet. As we now know, he watches morning cable news for information. So we've actually created a series of commercials in an attempt to bring him up to speed on information he may lack."

"We're going to run them on shows that we know he watches every day," declared Oliver. The spots apparently began airing in the D.C. area Monday between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on the three cable news stations.

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