Kudos to John Oliver for taking on Dr. Oz, America's Quack

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I know that a lot of you like John Oliver and watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver , and I do too. In particular, I love how he devotes 20 minute segments of his show to intelligent long form comedy about all sorts of issues, including scientific and medical issues, including issues that I…
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That Dr. Mehmet Oz uses his show to promote quackery of the vilest sort is no longer in any doubt. I was reminded yet again of this last week when I caught a rerun of one of his shows from earlier this season, when he gazed in wonder at the tired old cold reading schtick used by all "psychic…

Crap piece of television, though. Surprised Oliver has any ratings if he does much stuff like that.

...are you watching the same video as everyone else, Jeff?

Crap comment though. Surprised anyone reads them if he makes comments like this.

"Crap piece of television, though. Surprised Oliver has any ratings if he does much stuff like that."

Let us know when you get your own TV show, Jeff1971.

Don't tell my husband,but I think I love this jon oliver

By nutrition prof (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

Been there, done it, bigger audience than 11pm Sunday on HBO, that's for sure.


One might think Oliver reads a certain blog or two. But why does it take a Brit to point out the shortcomings of the DSHEA?

Oliver hilariously demonstrates how it's possible to engage the audience without selling them on spurious health information like Oz does:

I understand that ...er...*some people* do that whilst simultaneously deconstructing spurious health information.

Take a bow.
You know who you are.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

Oops, I forgot my location--which is apt in this case.

Oops, I forgot my location--which is apt in this case.

That was a thing of beauty. ;-) He's right. You can totally engage your viewers without feeding them harmful BS masquerading as advice. Of course, that'll probably reduce the ad revenue you get from BS peddlers, and you might lose the market segment that really craves being told secrets to salvation but which thinks it's too smart for televangelists. But I would tend to consider that a good thing.

By Calli Arcale (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

It is so depressing to me when obviously intelligent individuals (like Dr. Oz) choose to disseminate woo instead of science. John Oliver nails it in this clip.

By Maggie Howell (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

@Dorothy #8:

One might think Oliver reads a certain blog or two. But why does it take a Brit to point out the shortcomings of the DSHEA?

It's probably something to do with the accent...

By Rich Woods (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

Also, in fairness, between the Daily Show and the Bugle, and now his very own show, John Oliver has been a professional pointer-out of American shortcomings for about eight years now.

I just realized, Jeff is the name of the lab rat with herpes. Maybe that's why he's so pissed about this.

Oliver is a gas. In looking up this clip (because it doesn't run for me in this context), I found his interview with Stephen W. Hawking. I highly recommend it.

By Ivan Ilyich (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

Adam G #12--Mojave County, AZ is where some of the worst pertussis was (600 of 1300 cases last year in a county that is only 3.5% of the state's 6.5 million people) last year. Most of that was in an area called the "Arizona Strip" (http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/the-arizona-strip-whooping-cough-…). Makes one wonder if those "chemtrails" complainers aren't the same ones not vaccinating their children.

By Chris Hickie (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

His gun control Australia vs US is pure gold.

By janerella (not verified) on 23 Jun 2014 #permalink

John Oliver .. . we need more funny men like him. Tap-dancing Steve Buscemi was good, too.
Chris Hickie @19 : The further you go into the desert, the further you go from reality-based thinking. By the time you arrive in Yuma, be ready to meet up with Chemtrails, Black Helicopters, UFO/Reptilian/Ickes types and FEMA Death Camp believers. Oh, and the Sovereign Citizen set lives out there also. Apologies to you rational Yuma, La Paz and Mojave county people. My theory is that it's not the desert air that does it, but crank magnetism. I figure non-cranks in large numbers must repel cranks, who move away until they encounter masses of similar cranks, who attract them.
One day I'll have to sit down and see if it conforms with Maxwell's Equations.

Does anyone actually live in Yuma besides snowbirds and personnel from the Air Station? Granted, I haven't been there since my MAWTS-1 days back in the '80's, but I don't remember there being much of a native population (native in the sense of born and raised there).

Seriously, I am not making this up:
about 12 hours ago, I was flying in a 737 @ 34 000 feet and looking towards the horizon, I saw......
several- perhaps 6- intersecting, interweaving, nearly horizontal, contrails..

They were bold and strong- they seemed to race intrepidly across the cerulean blue sky like pale flames, proclaiming themselves for all to see, going on forever; they glistened like arctic faery dust across the frigid upper atmosphere. Like sylphs or powerful elemental personae, creatures of light or so I would hope.

Then I landed, got in a line, got into a car, drove across the city to the pristine - but comfortably posh- scenic and culturally significant environs where I had a drink, walked into the pool and observed the mimosa and lilies swaying in the warm Mediterranean breeze.

There are no contrails here. They wouldn't dare- it would wreck the scene. I swear there are laws about things like that. Now I need to take someone to a cafe or suchlike.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 26 Jun 2014 #permalink