Jon Stewart came back refreshed from a week-long vacation to find America seemingly in shambles, with budget talks going nowhere and Casey Anthony taking up a great chunk of the news. Luckily, Stewart had a happy British person on hand to cheer him up! John Oliver appeared from the sky (via magic umbrella, of course) to deliver news of how much worse England is than America, beginning with its press.
Oliver detailed the collapse of News of the World one step at a time, with Stewart challenging him every step of the way with American media travesties, like Casey Anthony being paid by ABC News for exclusives, but he couldn’t win against what the News of the World had been doing. “Do you know how hard it is to disgrace a British tabloid?” Oliver asked, reminding Stewart that News of the World had gotten away with plenty before, including “a crusade against pedophiles [that] led to attacks on the home of a pediatrician.”
But this time, they had hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims, soldiers who had been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and missing teenagers, all to find a possible story. They had corrupted the police, and built ties with Prime Minister David Cameron. And the man to uncover the organization’s pervasive corruption? For Oliver, that may have been the worst news of all– England now deferred to Hugh Grant as a moral compass.
The segment via Comedy Central below:
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