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The horrific fate that appears to have befallen journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of his Saudi compatriots is not a funny topic – and John Oliver doesn’t try too hard for laughs.

The regime’s evasions about Khashoggi’s disappearance certainly provoke snickers, however. Like its claim that the 15 Saudi agents who showed up in Istanbul for a few hours, apparently to carry out this crime, were just innocent “tourists.”

Yet Oliver does far more than simply recount an incredibly grim tale of alleged torture and murder. He takes a long, hard look at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — his  charm offensive, his domestic repression and “reforms,” and his brutal foreign policy – as well as America’s “morally compromised” relationship with Riyadh, which has grown more intense and more corrupt under Trump.

Click and gag at what our own regime will excuse — for money.

 

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The latest right-wing "antifa" hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It bubbled up from the fever swamps of the far right, broadcast widely by key figures atop the media food chain: Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Fox News, and leading Republican political candidates.

Trump retweeted an alt-right-flavored anti-Biden video suggesting he was ignoring antifa arsonists threatening the suburbs. Rogan, a wildly popular podcast host, told his audience that "left-wing people" were responsible for the fires (and apologized for it the next day). Fox News appeared especially eager to blame antifa for the wildfires as a way of denying the role of climate change. And in Washington state, where the fires have hit hard, the Republican nominee in the governor's race joined in spreading the claims through a campaign video.

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