John Oliver Strikes Again!

Gomez Adams

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This is a good one.

The team over at Last Week Tonight decided to see if they could get some completely bogus products on the air. The whole thing is a stab at "sponsored content" on news shows and websites that often push products that seem too good to be true. And they usually are.

So what they did was make up some completely bogus products, cited some technology that was completely made up and does not exists, and paid to put them on local news channels.

They were amazed by not only how easy it was to do, but how cheap it was to do it. They paid $2,800, $2,650, and $1,750 for three TV slots for their products. All were taken without question. What's more disturbing is that none of them, even though they were COMPLETELY BOGUS, looked that out of place at all.

That should scare just about everybody.

 
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Hugo Stiglitz

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We get shit like that all the time. It's revolting seeing your news guy and weather guy blow smoke up some idiots ass that's peddling some junk you just know is completely full of shit. KETV has turned into a miniature home shopping network peddling things like you see on some infomercial at 3 in the morning. It's fucking disgusting.
 
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Gomez Adams

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turned into a miniature home shopping network peddling things like you see on some infomercial at 3 in the morning.
WSB here in Atlanta has as well. They do "Local Steals and Deals" with Lisa Robertson.

Drives me nuts. Here's her site:


It's not THAT bad, but still. I watch the news to, you know, get the news. Weather and sports are just a bonus, but not needed. And I have to listen to that chick ramble on about how great some gadget is that I wouldn't buy if you gave me the money for it.

Oh well. Advertising makes the world go 'round.
 
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