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#Endorse This: John Oliver Rips DeSantis Over Disney -- And Explains Why

John Oliver has slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his knee-jerk repeal of Walt Disney Company's special district and tax breaks over the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

“Yeah, it’s true: In the part of central Florida where Disney World is, the company technically functions as a self-contained government, providing essential services — except, crucially, a morgue,” Oliver joked, before noting that the new law repealing its district may violate the contract clause in the Florida constitution. The new Florida law also requires that the surrounding county assume the district’s debt, which is estimated to be upwards of $1 billion for Orange and Osceola counties where Disney World is located.

Previously, DeSantis accused Disney of going “woke” after denouncing “Don’t Say Gay.”

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Endorse This: John Oliver Blackmails Congress Over Data Privacy (VIDEO)

On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver weighed in on data brokers and privacy infringements as he essentially blackmailed members of Congress.

After discussing rabidly right-wing and conspiracy-driven One American News getting dropped by AT&T-owned DirectTV, Oliver steered the conservation to a much more vital issue that's often overlooked in our ridiculously short-lived news cycle: data privacy. In discussing data brokers, Oliver pointed out how they often end up collecting more information about us than we are comfortable with -- and using it in ways we would never approve.

But since Republicans care only about issues that personally affect them, Oliver ended the episode by revealing that he and his team put together their own data-harvesting experiment on members of Congress in Washington D.C., and that it yielded surprising results.

“If you’re thinking, ‘How on Earth is any of this legal?’ I totally agree with you. It shouldn’t be,” the host says in his conclusion to the episode. “And if you happen to be a legislator who is feeling a little nervous right now about whether your information is in this envelope, and if you’re terrified about what I might do with it, you might want to channel that worry into making sure that I can’t do anything.”

Oliver seemed to up the ante when discussing human bunion Ted Cruz.

"We could ... and then target that list with ads that might attract those men to click, like 'Marriage shouldn't be a prison' or 'Can you vote twice?' We could also throw in 'Do you want to read Ted Cruz erotic fan fiction?' — just to see what would happen. And if anyone clicked, we'd be able to harvest even more data from them, which we could then theoretically take steps to de-anonymize."

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What You Can Do To Clean Up Tucker Carlson’s Fascist Barf

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver documented at length the white identity politics of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Watch:

Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) www.youtube.com


Media Matters has documented Carlson's white nationalism at length. Additionally, as noted by Oliver, Media Matters has previously published tapes of Carlson spewing racism and misogyny on Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show.

But in addition to what Oliver highlighted, there are some steps that people can take today to help hold Carlson accountable -- and the third is the most important of all.

Contact Tucker Carlson's advertisers.

You can see Tucker Carlson's leading advertisers and their contact information here.

There are advertisers that sponsor Carlson's white nationalism. We've listed them here, along with their contact information.

But the truth of the matter is that over the years, Carlson has lost many of his blue-chip advertisers. For instance: Last summer, he lost numerous major advertisers after his bigoted rants about Black Lives Matter.

What's left is mostly die-hards and ideological supporters, led by MyPillow. MyPillow's CEO is far-right conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, who appeared on Carlson's show recently to pitch debunked conspiracy theories about Dominion Voting Systems and the 2020 election. The appearance was eventually mentioned in Dominion's lawsuit against Lindell.

There are still companies that should be contacted and pressured about their support for Carlson's show, like the pharmaceutical companies that are underwriting Carlson's attacks on COVID-19 vaccines.

Contact Fox News' advertisers.

You can see Fox News' leading advertisers and contact information for them here.

Of late, Carlson has shown up all over the rest of Fox News; in essence, he has become the network's assignment editor, with its so-called "straight news" programs running dozens of segments jumping off his commentary. (This approach ramped up after Newsmax made ratings gains against Fox shortly after the election by aggressively challenging Fox's acknowledgment that Joe Biden won the presidential election.) Fox's streaming app, Fox Nation, is also promising additional Tucker Carlson content. Really, an entire wing of Fox Corp. is being centered around Carlson's bigotry and conspiracy theories.

Even before all of that happened, the network's essence was conspiracy theories, bigotry, and propaganda. It's just intensified since the election, with Carlson at the core.

And unlike his show, which has lost blue-chip advertisers, the overall network still has big-name advertisers -- which claim to hold values diametrically opposed to Carlson's.

But the sad truth is that even if Fox News lost all its advertisers, it would still remain profitable.

Sign up for the #UnFoxMyCableBox effort.

Join the #UnFoxMyCableBox effort here.

If you really want to know who funds Tucker Carlson's bigotry, the truth is that it's people like you and me. When you pay your cable bill, a portion goes to the various channels that you receive. Fox News received roughly $20 per year apiece from most cable news subscribers, regardless of whether they actually watch the channel. That's way more than its competitors CNN and MSNBC.

This unfair advantage means Fox News would be wildly profitable even if every single advertiser pulled its ads.

But we're at a key leverage point: Many of these agreements with cable companies are expiring and being renegotiated. The more people who join together to say that they don't want their money going to Fox News, the more leverage cable companies will have to rebuff Fox's demands. That's why we started the #UnFoxMyCableBox effort -- to build a coalition of people who can speak up about being forced to fund hate like Carlson's.

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Calls Tucker Carlson 'A Troll' While Hilariously Torching His Character

As the instrument of Rupert Murdoch's festering racism, Tucker Carlson has irritated most decent Americans at some point -- but he has infuriated John Oliver on a nightly basis. Now the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight has had enough of the bow-tied boob. And now he brings a hysterically funny takedown.

Click and chortle!

Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) www.youtube.com

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Burns Fox News Over Seuss 'Controversy'

If there is one thing Fox News does well, it is absurd exaggeration. And with their wall to wall coverage of the "canceling" of Dr. Seuss, they've achieved a new level of fantasy. Actually Dr. Seuss Enterprises' simply decided to stop printing a handful of books for racist imagery .This not "fascism, as Tucker Carlson and Glenn Beck burbled.

John Oliver is fed up with this nonsense, and on Last Week Tonight he ruthlessly destroyed Fox for its deceptive news management. .Is this surprising? No, but John Oliver makes turns it into hilarity. Unless you work for Fox.



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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert And John Oliver, Together Again — But Alone

It’s lonely to host a late-night show from isolation – no audience, no band, and no live guests. And nobody understands that loneliness better than a fellow host, which may be why Stephen Colbert brought on his old Comedy Central buddy John Oliver for a remote visit.

Naturally, the pals started snapping on each other immediately, with Oliver mocking Colbert’s bosses at CBS for bleeping any mild obscenity he might utter (unlike HBO management, where the policy is far more liberated). Then Stephen tries to prove he can curse, too.

While Stephen says he is rediscovering old skills, like changing a bicycle tire, John confesses that to create a TV show from home, with toddlers underfoot, makes him feel like he’s drowning. “And now HBO knows you don’t need a set,” quips Colbert.

And they go on. It’s a charming, hilariously funny inside view of what this moment is like for Oliver and Colbert.

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Is Back, With Mirth And Scorn

You might expect John Oliver to return from hiatus for the global coronavirus crisis – and so he does. Stuck in home isolation, he and his crew nevertheless contrived an electronic studio. And he somehow manages to amuse and edify us in the face of the Trump administration’s terrifying incompetence.

Amid the emergency, even in the dire horror that is Italyright now, it is possible to find humor, as Oliver does. But neither Trump norany of the right-wing loonies who want America to “get back to work” escape hiswithering scorn.

John Oliver came back for us. Now just click.

#EndorseThis: What John Oliver Wants Us All To Know Now

With his usual Manhattan studio almost certainly contaminated by coronavirus, John Oliver taped Last Week Tonight from an undisclosed, audience-free location. But the strange “new normal” circumstances didn’t discourage Oliver from providing his usual calmly cutting analysis of the situation – you know, the pandemic.

Reviewing the epochal events of this past week, Oliverfocuses laser-like on the Trump administration’s myriad missteps, falsehoods,and failures, with a brief pause to praise Dr. Anthony Fauci (the sole trustedvoice on the White House podium). For instance, he eviscerates in detail Trump’sevasion of responsibility for disbanding the pandemic response division of theNational Security Council.

But what Oliver realizes is that with a president likeTrump, we’re on our own. He gives a ten-minute tutorial on how to slow the spreadof disease and potentially save lives that every American should watch. As hesays, we must help our health workers, “who are going to be in the shit forsome time to come.”

Amazingly, there are even a few laughs. Click, watch, be safe and well.