John Oliver hits the nail on the head


23 responses to “John Oliver hits the nail on the head

  1. Michael Brody

    Thank you so much, this was unfortunately brilliant while being hilarious. My favorite studies are always the ones with coffee. About 65% of Americans drink coffee. It tends to correlate with everything.

  2. skeptictmac57

    So good! You can tell that this piece was well researched, a rarity for any type of reporting, much less for satirical news bits. Oliver (and his crew) puts mainstream news sites to shame.

  3. Graeme Hird

    This video and the one from the previous post are not available to be viewed Australia. I guess they must have national security implications for the US …

  4. Here is a version of the video that works down under – you just need to access it via Facebook:

  5. Financial implications for a US minority I guess. Available to me on Oz

    • Thanks, this works in the Uk as well (Tamino’s doesn’t).

      very good, and we have a classic case of the MSM screwing up in today’s Grauniad about loss of islands in the pacific.

  6. Ooops. Take that back. I’m blocked

  7. Bern from Aus

    A version on YouTube for those of us in Australia who choose not to use Facebook:

    A good look at mass media reporting on science, I thought.

  8. Interestingly the previous video (NDGT) works for me in the UK, but not this one.

  9. in the UK we have a newspaper that is famous for misrepresenting scientific studies – The Daily Mail (apparently the online edition is quite popular in the US)

    recently it has been Climate Science, but historically it was “Cancer” – specifically studies that, according to the Mail either cure or cause cancer

    luckily someone has helpfully created a web compendium to “Help to make sense of the Daily Mail’s ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer and those that prevent it.”

  10. A denier friend of mine sent me a link to this very Oliver video and said, “See? Climate science can’t be trusted! Look at the the problems that exist in science!”

    Amazing, isn’t it?

  11. as an aside I believe, as another poster has suggested, that the YouTube video clips of the show are time delayed – certainly from a UK IP address

  12. Offers very little recognition of theoretical science.

  13. Clip: The morning talk show host saying with no irony whatsoever

    “I think the way to live your life is you find the study that sounds best to you and go with that.”

    was met with firm approval by his co-hosts.

    It’s alternate universe stuff. Laughed till I sobbed.

    Standard practice in the skeptiverse, though.

    • Torbjörn Larsson

      Yes, but we lack context. Likely he was trying to describe picking the best exposition of a new result.

      But even if not, it sounded terrible.

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ― H.L. Mencken
    Vote Trump for President – we deserve him!

    • Cf.:

      During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Mr. Stevenson “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back “That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!”

      But actually, I don’t think anyone really deserves President Trump.