Coronavirus V: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)May 30, 2021
welcome to the show still taking place in this empty void TV's biggest celebration of whiteness since Frasier It's clearly been another brutal
weekwith the occasional bright spot like learning Judi Dench apparently ticks off her grandson on FaceTime . I think we all learned a lot there one Judi Dench can hit the wall like a pro for her grandson it could be Ed Sheeran and three life is getting pretty weird on earth right now but sadly we have to leave all of that to aside and straight back to our main story this
weekvarious corn which actually surprised me I thought we were going to talk about something depressing but instead you know wait a minute
coronavirusis you sneaky little bugger should having known it's always you, the
coronavirus, you're an absolute nightmare, the fact is Kovac 19 continues to dominate the news every day and it's hard to keep up with all the information about it, let alone the misinformation.
Here is the myth you need. or microwave your mail to kill the COBIT 19 virus mail is not food and you cannot cook it garlic has some antimicrobial properties but there is absolutely no evidence that it kills covet 19 adults are now buying breast milk because some believe it can protect them from covet 19 no, that's not going to help you, no, no, it's not, you absolutely shouldn't buy other people's breast milk to protect yourself from coronavirus, not only will it not work, you are taking it away from babies. and perverts who really need it now sadly regarding this virus is rampant and people are acting on it this week we saw nationwide protests against stay at home orders and some of the attendees like in the walkout the Michigan operation, they seemed motivated by very questionable information, what about safety concerns in the spread of this virus and how to kill more people?
I think it's all hate. We are against these big corporations that are trying to go bankrupt with all these dollars. whoever created the disease and doesn't now want to make people pay for the Cure kills more people than this does right what's worrisome apart from absolutely everything is that you may have even heard some of those arguments from people with the that you're related to or people you love, which by the way can be two very different groups, polls show that when asked about the death rate, forty percent of Americans believe that Kovach 19 is less deadly or as deadly as the flu, which is not, is many times more deadly compared to the coronavirus.
It's like comparing Jeffrey Dahmer to OJ Simpson. I'm not saying Oh J is great, I'm just saying he wouldn't even fill Damas' crisper and misinformation is not only frustrating to the extent that it motivates people to ignore staying. stay-at-home measures are dangerous and could actually end up forcing us to stay home longer and if you're thinking how can people believe that, that's our story
tonight, the misinformation. about flying over this virus and the places where people are getting it from because there are so many media bubbles out there and taking a look outside of the one you're in can be revealing, for example, if you're not a regular viewer of the televangelist and humble farmer of private jets Kenneth Copeland you may not know he dealt with Kovac 19 weeks ago commenting on you he is forever destroyed and will never come back ok leaving aside his crew of four Gnaeus type everyone's men times spewing all over the place isn't going to cure anything unless your plan is to give the corona virus the corona virus, in which case we wish you the best of luck, although I understand why Copeland is so determined to end this pandemic If I only had a few weeks until my tragically her hair dye started to fade, I'd be looking forward to my color getting out of her house too, especially if she had already claimed do on my real website that my abnormally dark hair at the age of 82 was simply the result of standing in front of the mirror and saying glory to god hair grows thick dark brown in jesus name ball points no my point is that the stakes are high here for Kenneth Copeland, but the world of televangelists is just one of the many bubbles that there is also an ecosystem of conspiracy theories such as the false belief that the virus was caused by the 5g network, something that led to people setting fire to cell phone towers in the UK this month which is just ridiculous, though not nearly as ridiculous as the fact that those burning towers almost certainly still offer better coverage than AT&T oh that's right , business dad you thought a pandemic would bring us together of course no our feud must be an essential service because he is still in business seriously though Biddy I hope you are safe and healthy.
I do not can. I look forward to talking to you as soon as this is over and as soon as I can get more than a bar of service, but here in the US one of the biggest and most robust bubbles is the right wing media sphere. It is dominated by some enormously powerful individuals, not only on television, but also on conservative radio, where the most powerful host is undoubtedly Rush Limbaugh, a man with millions of listeners. Medal of Freedom and almost certainly a room in your basement that your housekeeper can't even get into outbreak Limbaugh has been spouting fabulously incorrect information here it is March 11th this coronavirus is just all this panic it's just not there justified this I tell you when I tell you when I told you this virus is the common cold when I said it was based on the number of cases it was also based on the type of virus this is why you think this is cough in 19 this is the 19th corona virus they are not rare ok no rush just no not for you claiming Kovac 19 got his name because he was the 19th corona virus thats not true he is called that. because it was first identified in 2019, giant potato, but also not 2, the virus is the common cold, not 2, this is not rare, not to your golden microphone, not to your open browser to the Drudge Report, not to your logo that looks like two couples. of breasts are in a fight not to the mystery can on your desk that I can only assume is Pam's original cooking spray but mostly not - you stupid quarantine beard you look like Santa is me too - kicked out of North Pole and forced to move into a condo in Tampa with all linoleum floors.
I hate it. The problem is that there are many in the conservative media. It was easy for me to fold this virus into narratives that they have been carefully constructing for decades. Limbaugh has spent years pushing his four corners of deception consisting of government academic science and the media which unfortunately turned out to be the four most important groups to listen to during a public health crisis and I understand why he would be so hesitant if he states his sho was the only medium worth relying on that gives you a lot of power and he's not the only one using that technique. this is how some of your hosts initially interpreted this virus as a hysterical media attack to derail the president with segments titled coronavirus hysteria liberal media hoax backfires and trump confronts the panic-mongers and when people started dying and those arguments were they became harder to sell online. seemed to go from trying to minimize warnings to minimizing deaths today thankfully zero people in the United States of America have died from the corona virus zero we have six deaths from the corona virus 18,000 deaths from the flu people have died that's tragic but it's tini 22 people have died those numbers pale in comparison to the number of flu cases during this flu season an estimated 60,000 americans will die from the corona virus according to the cdc in 2018 61 thousand americans died from the yearly flu the fact is we have people dying we have 45,000 people a year die from car accidents 480 thousand from cigarettes 360,000 here from swimming pools but we don't shut down the country for that oh thank you not a doctor fill something quick there though the yearly number of US deaths from swimming pools isn't actually 360,000, they're not killing nearly one Cleveland every year, the total number of the saving period ing is around 4000.
Also, if swimming pools were killing 360,000 people here and you could hire a swimming pool on a trip to the supermarket, we might think about shutting them down until we figured out what was going on and look a lot. of people underestimated the danger of this virus early on, but people continued to do so not only as the death toll mounted, but even as behind the scenes their own company suspended non-essential business travel and encouraged employees to cancel all in-person meetings and summits and conduct business over Skype or over the phone because, and this is true, they only pretend to believe these things on TV for money and the problem is that our current president is not just the subject of this misinformation, as we all know, is also targeted by her, often drawing her talking points directly from what she sees late
lastmonth, a popular conservative narrative became that it was time to reopen the economy and Steve Hilton de Fox summed it up like this, you know. that famous line the cure is worse than the disease that's exactly the territory we're heading into right now i'm pretty sure trump saw that because just a couple hours after that segment aired he tweeted that we can't let the cure be worse than the problem itself and the next day it seemed like I couldn't stop saying it we can't let the cure be worse than the problem we're not going to let you be worse than the problem that's why I speak of this but the cure is worse than the problem we can't let the cure be worse than the problem when I say the cure and the cure could be worse than the problem itself that's what I can't let that happen is pretty depressing to see the president just repeat what he heard on tv
lastnight and if he's going to do that the least he could do is pick a better show than steve hilton next revolution why not go with a sailing yacht below deck open that way we can hear? the president of the united states tells us how adam the chef gets comfortable and how madison needs to understand her role in the inner pecking order and start listening to her main stew because jenna doesn't need to bring her yeah she wouldn't be Useful. during a pandemic but at least it wouldn't be actively harmful that's what's raging here even though trump has access to the top experts in the country he still gets advice while watching tv and not just on talking points but on medication take hydroxychlorochi. ne, is a drug commonly used for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and got a big push in mid-March as a potential coronavirus treatment from Tucker Carlson's show.
Preliminary evidence suggests that chloroquine, which is a cheap malaria drug, may be effective in treating the coronavirus. Gregory Regan O is an advisor to Stanford University School of Medicine and joins us
tonightin a well-controlled, peer-reviewed study by the world's most eminent infectious disease specialists that shows a 100% correct jury against the coronavirus I just know what you're telling me but I know that it's very unusual for a study of anything to be pursued to produce 100 percent results I mean is that remarkable or am I missing something oh you're missing something , Tucker. For starters, the man's role as a Stanford University adviser was news to Stanford, who has since clarified that Gregory Rehgar is not an adviser to its School of Medicine or anyone else at Stanford. you were in the study in terms of that 100% cure rate, you should know that they got it by missing three patients who were transferred to an ICU and one patient who died and it's very easy to have a 100% success rate if you just he brushes aside any results that weren't too successful, yet the very next day Trump publicly mentioned hydroxychloroquine for the first time and has consistently mentioned it with varying degrees of recklessness ever since.
I just hope the hydroxy cleric wins. What do you have to lose? say it again what have you got to lose take it i really think they should take it what have you got to lose take it what are you doing you're the president not some bad sophomore trying to pressure me into doing adderall too in terms what he has to lose possibly quite a bit ya that doctors warn the drug can trigger arrhythmia that can lead to a fatal heart attack in certain patients and that's not to say this drug shouldn't be studied, it should and is but t The feedback loop between Fox and Trump has gone way too far to science here in just a two-week period.
Claims promoting hydroxychloroquine were made nearly 300 times by Fox personalities and his guests, and Laura Ingraham even visited Trumpat the White House earlier this month to advocate for the drug thanks to this media frenzy the efficacy of this drug, which should be a scientific issue, has become a political issue anyone who says they want more comprehensive studies can be dismissed by the writer as a trump hater and if he argues that we shouldn't be making decisions based on anecdotal evidence rush limbaugh has a ready answer anecdotally it's been by anecdotal it just means it hasn't been scientifically proven in massive numbers but it means it's working anecdotally i got to the work today means it happened well anecdotally you got to work today in a hurry but that alone doesn't mean everyone got to work today or even though most people got to work today it just means who you said. d there is a process for knowing if a scientific claim is true and it involves testing and observing results in a controlled environment rather than confidently shouting your thoughts into c3po's penis y I know it's easy to dismiss Limbaugh as a right-wing braggart, but the reality is that it draws more than 15 million listeners a week and the most loyal of whom is the president who reportedly regards Limbaugh as a real-time metric of how his decisions are. playing with his supporters and all this time with existing patients with conditions like lupus who have been taking hydroxychloroquine for years and are now struggling to get it. prescription that says thank you for the sacrifice you will make and look, I would like nothing more than if this was somehow a miracle cure, but I can't say that it is and I can't say no because it's still being tested and I'm not a doctor, might, might, it's too early to say the problem is might and might not really be words that attract an audience that's why cable news is often broadcast in bright primary colors and straightforward stories I tell you that w e have to wait for the results is just not satisfying to hear or watch and during this crisis Fox has consistently presented simple solutions to complex problems just what Sean Hannity formulated a seemingly real-time plan to resume baseball games by evaluating each person in attendance and have them wear PPE if it's my choice and I have to wear gloves a mask ok I'll wear it I'd rather go and wear it if everyone else is wearing it we can ab slurp it for a couple of months until things probably can't eat popcorn because you have to take your mask off all the time but you could probably eat a hot dog you take it opening your respirator take a bite and chew it under your mask i have to drink my beer if i'm at a game so if i have to use a straw and stick it in i'll do it i'd rather have my temperature taken and drink beer through a straw eat a hot dog doing this and chew it to a mass and not go not at all that's my decision you make yours now I'm in favor of abortion Really?
I mean to put aside the line in favor of the right to decide. You're right. Be your body, your choice. I don't see a single flaw in that. the virus could sneak in there that's just science anecdotally i know a guy who ate dog wants and didn't get coronavirus so that absolutely checks out and even though it's almost incomprehensible stupidity there's no denying it's good tv , the problem is that the skills required to produce television and to govern are very different and, unfortunately, we have a president who does not seem to know the difference at the beginning of his presidency, he told his top advisers to think of each presidential day as an episode in a TV show where he beats rivals so we have a network and a president who thrives on division that feeds off each other at a time when we desperately need a unified response to a public health crisis and all of that leads us back to the protests we discussed heard Hundreds more have taken to the streets this week fueled by the kind of misinformation that is rampant in the right-wing media, the same right-wing media that later easily covered up the protests that helped create protests like this one that have sprung up across America as some fed up people are demanding an end to stay-at-home orders. they received in front of the governor's residence in st.
Paul yesterday reference things like President Trump's statement that the cure cannot be worse than the disease, except that the copy of the cure is worse than the disease. accusing copyright infringement and like clockwork Trump just minutes after that segment highlighted groups like liber8 Minnesota tweeted free Minnesota followed by free Michigan and then free Virginia and all of this is legitimately dangerous because watching coverage like that might convince Trump that there is a sizable portion of the population that wants to go back to work no matter the cost, but that is not currently the case 66% of Americans say they are more concerned that restrictions will be lifted too much fast than too slow and it's frankly remarkable that the number is so high after weeks of this and look I've got Trump Fox and those protesters wanting this all to end I also want p people so I can get back to work and get some sense of normalcy back , but for what it's worth, I know people have died from this.
I also know people who are taking hydroxychloroquine because they think it will give them immunity and I know people with lupus who have reached their last weeks of pills and it makes me furious because the fact is that the fastest way for this to end is for all of us to stick together in this very difficult task, but the only way that happens is if we have trusted knowledgeable leadership which we sadly do not have, instead we have a compulsive liar constantly hearing voices telling him that this is nothing more than a common cold with a 100% potential cure available and that there is already a grand plan in place to restart baseball even as there is a pool killing that for some reason no one talks about and even though there are no easy fixes to make these media irresponsible people magically disappear, I guess there's a trick we don't have.
I tried sir, so if you'll excuse me, here goes the right wing media. That worked. No, everything is still a nightmare. Well, it was worth a try. What did he have to lose?
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