When John Oliver Made a Gift of $16 Million to 9,000 People By Forgiving Their Medical Debts

Even though this didn’t happen during the Christmas period and I sorta watched the episode on YouTube, it didn’t dawn on me of the significance of this action until a person I respect blogged about it. Now I think the world, my city, or at least my tens of followers should know as well.

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Oliver broadcast this show in mid-2016. It remains one of the most amazing, most generous gestures I have ever seen.

Oliver, as you may know, mixes up great information and in-depth reporting with funny graphics and unexpected jokes. He keeps viewers entertained as he educates them.

In this segment, he explains debt collection agencies, how they buy debt of all kinds for pennies on the dollar, try to collect, and if they don’t succeed, sell it to another debt collector. The hapless consumer can expect to be harassed with increasingly unscrupulous and aggressive tactics.

Oliver’s team goes to debt collection industry meetings, where the industry leaders talk about consumers as dumb clucks. He films an Arkansas legislator pushing a bill to reduce consumer rights and misrepresents its purpose. It passes easily.

Finally, he does something utterly remarkable.

He creates and incorporates a new debt collection agency Of his…

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Brian Stelter to host special, Late Night in the Age of Trump

Brian Stelter to host special, Late Night in the Age of Trump

I know, another network has coined the phrase “Must See TV”. This sure applies to me.

CNN Commentary

Monday night at 9pm, Reliable Sources host and senior media correspondent Brian Stelter is slated to host a CNN special report, Late Night in the Age of Trump.

The special examines how President Donald Trump single-handedly transformed late-night TV and comedy, along with the hosts of some of America’s most popular television shows.

Stelter sits down with some of comedy’s greatest voices to look at how the entire world of late night comedy has been reshaped by one person- an unprecedented change- much like this unprecedented Presidency, the press release notes.

He explores both the hilarious and polarizing moments from the last year, and analyzes the impact President Trump has had on comedy, including the blurred lines between late-night and news.


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Hidden Figures Has Inspired a State Department Education Exchange Program 

After Hidden Figures was released last year, an unprecedented amount of US embassies were reportedly calling the State Department requesting the film. Eventually, the movie was screened to nearly 80 locations overseas and because of all those screenings, a new, publicly funded exchange program will bring women from around the world working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to the United States.

Source: Hidden Figures Has Inspired a State Department Education Exchange Program 

There is hope for Newspapers after all

There is hope for Newspapers after all

Once upon a time, in the pre-digital world, I was an ardent subscriber of whatever newspaper in the city I lived in. Opelika-Auburn News during my school days, or The Charlotte Observer. Both papers have paywalls now, and in the case of the “O”, have made many changes to staff, content, and even paper size that doesn’t add up to the $1 daily {Observer is $1.50} and $2 Sunday prices charged. The O-A News is a small town paper and is only semi-politically oriented {lean right}, but does tend to have hands off coverage of the largest entity in its area, Auburn University (Disclosure: 1989 graduate of said U). Here is a story in the Huffington Post, one of the news websites generated in the digital, web age, which is attempting to provide broad destination content with a bit of an edge. The story that is linked below is an example of such content. As for the Observer, editorial and sales are now in the NASCAR building and production is elsewhere in the county. A major city news cycle brings political coverage and slants into play; they become evident. Unfortunately, for them, if you want real information on what is happening in this city, they are not the go-to place to find it. Similarly, this can be said for the six TV news operations locally and two radio news operations. There is a way to get back there, and the linked content is a primer for this.

Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life

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Jesse Dittmar/For The Washington Post 

Despite the fact that I do not subscribe to CNN, or cable for that matter, I am one of his many Twitter followers and newsletter subscribers. He has even written a response that I had sent to him on a guest recommendation, which is amazing since he is a reasonably well-known media figure. He is the voice of calm in a troubled media landscape; this voice is so evident on a tragic day at post time. In the criminal world, convey the impression of an emphasis on historical events being replayed for current times. He cites the Virginia Tech mass shooting and the WDBJ-TV incident of years prior as examples. The social media aspect did not come into play for the former incident.

 

h/t Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life – The Washington Post

Have liberals found their combative new leader in … Keith Olbermann?

 

I have always been a fan of Keith, especially during his Sports reporting career. Now he has an opportunity to be unleashed since he doesn’t work for the typical corporate media.

The ex-MSNBC host recasts his fire-breathing punditry for the Web, to bring the fight to Trump.

Source: Have liberals found their combative new leader in … Keith Olbermann? – The Washington Post