The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

John Oliver, like many other political satirists before him, bristles at being called a “journalist.” That’s because, as he explained Sunday, the real journalists fueling his show with sordid details of corruption and mismanagement get short shrift for the work they do in the public interest.

Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight — as well as many blogs and newsletters (ours included) — relies on the tenacious work of local journalists to keep an eye on where the rubber of local government meets the road. In fact, the same shift in media preferences that gave rise to websites like this one has weakened local outlets, especially print outlets, by cutting into advertising revenue and re-centering lots of potentially local readership towards national stories.

Stoplight, Oliver’s dramatization of a future journalism held captive by Internet fluff pieces, illustrates a point that journalists and news outlets have tried to warn news consumers about for years now: where we’re going isn’t pretty.

Video: HBO

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

When it comes to scammers, they are always looking for their next prey. They always look for opportunities to scam someone in a vulnerable position. Their prospect could be someone alone with bad health, someone who just got into a car accident, or other situations.

Insurance Scams

One main scam that has run rampant in London and is progressively spreading in the U.S. is insurance scams. Scam artists will present themselves as legitimate insurance agents to people.

Keep reading... Show less

Close