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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50748"><span class="small">Justin Baragona, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Monday, 24 June 2019 10:59

Baragona writes: "HBO's John Oliver took aim at Fox News' Greg Gutfeld on Sunday night, blasting the co-host of The Five for downplaying the human cost of a potential war with Iran as 'just a video game.'"

John Oliver. (photo: HBO)
John Oliver. (photo: HBO)


John Oliver Blasts Fox News Host for Downplaying Possible War With Iran: 'Breathtakingly Stupid'

By Justin Baragona, The Daily Beast

24 June 19


Oliver also gave backhanded compliments to Tucker Carlson for taking time away from ‘perfecting the art of racist befuddlement.’

BO’s John Oliver took aim at Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld on Sunday night, blasting the co-host of The Five for downplaying the human cost of a potential war with Iran as “just a video game.”

Opening his broadcast of Last Week Tonight, Oliver noted President Trump nearly “brought us on the brink of war” after Iran downed an unmanned American drone. After pointing out that Trump had a last-minute change of heart and canceled a military strike, the comedian said Trump had found himself stuck between “warring factions” in both his administration and his favorite news network when deciding whether to attack Iran.

“Some anchors were very pro-war, like Sean Hannity, while Greg Gutfeld had an interesting theory as to why war with Iran would be virtually painless,” Oliver said, playing a clip of Gutfeld dismissing concerns about war.

“We are now in a time where it doesn't matter how large your population is because the population is no longer expendable in war,” the Fox News personality said last week. “It's now about the machines that you have. Drones are now replacing bones, so it will be stuff versus stuff, and fortunately for us, we have the best stuff.”


Oliver, meanwhile, was far from impressed with Gutfeld’s reasoning.

“That is breathtakingly stupid,” the HBO star said. “If someone said that to me at a dinner party, my response would be, ‘Excuse me, this child is drunk. someone gave him wine—I don’t know who—but he’s ranting like a lunatic about how war is all stuff versus stuff now. He needs to be put to bed.’”

Oliver pointed out that on the other side of the issue, Fox News host Tucker Carlson had taken “time away from perfecting the art of racist befuddlement” to privately advise the president not to respond to Iran’s recent provocations with force.

“So the voice of reason here was a man who wore a bow tie well into his 40s despite being as not in the Nation of Islam as a person could possibly be,” he added.

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-13 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-24 13:18
I don't watch Oliver but his belittling of Tucker Carlson who apparently talked to Trump and urged him not to attack Iran is just offensive. Why belittle anyone who uses his voice to stop war and killing? Does Oliver think Trump should have killed a lot of people?. Ironically Carlson has become a major anti-war voice in mainstream media -- at least this is Jimmy Dore's analysis. I don't watch Carlson but Jimmy Dore seems pretty reliable on this.


Trump himself told the war-monger Chuck Todd that he did not want to kill 150 Iranians or kill any people. This is far cry from Bush, Obama, Hillary -- all of whom seemed to take killing as the privilege of the job.

Demos need to understand that Trump ran to the left, to the peace side, of Hillary on the Global War. He was against the Bush-Obama wars. There is a very sizeable "libertarian" faction of people who are both democrats and republicans. They will vote for the candidate who is the most strongly against war.

True progressives are against these imperialist wars. They are fought to rob dark skinned people of their natural resources and labor. We have to be unequivocal about our opposition to war.

And we have to be willing to make coalitions with anyone who shares our view that war is the greatest evil than humans can do, even when these partners are Fox TV's Carlson, Ron Paul, or anyone on the libertarian right.
 
 
+2 # margpark 2019-06-24 21:18
I cancelled all cable TV years ago and just watch TV or movies on my own time. I stopped watching cable TV news because it had become entertainment instead of real news with editorial comment.
 
 
+9 # MelonieDee 2019-06-25 01:01
Rodion, I think that John Oliver was actually COMPLIMENTING Tucker Carlson's circumspection in this matter. Carlson doesn't get a lot of pats on the backs from Oliver, but Oliver was perfectly willing to give credit where credit was due with, "So the voice of reason here was a man who wore a bow tie well into his 40s despite being as not in the Nation of Islam as a person could possibly be."

Oliver doesn't even vote in our elections, but he is profoundly anti-war and was pointing out how irresponsible Greg Gutfeld - representing a TV station most Republicans watch - was to diminish the carnage of war to his viewers.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-25 11:42
Well, that would be much better. I missed his compliment. I did not see the program. All I had was the references above.

I don't have cable so I don't ever see Trucker Carlson live. I do see his programs when they are linked by others such as Jimmy Dore. So I only get to see the "good" Tucker Carlson. It is kind of amazing that he has people like Glen Greenwald, Assange until he was shut up, Chris Hedges, and many of the other journalists who used to be published on progressive sites like RSN but were banned for some reason.

I'm not sure about this --

“So the voice of reason here was a man who wore a bow tie well into his 40s despite being as not in the Nation of Islam as a person could possibly be,” he added."

My boss wore a bow tie for as long as I've known him -- 30 years. He is actually a really great guy. I also like the Nation of Islam and Farrakan. So my associations with bow ties are good. I, however, would never wear one.
 
 
+8 # DongiC 2019-06-25 07:12
Oliver fires some real zingers at people who make themselves suitable targets. But, then, what do you expect from Fox News? With their biased commentators and full support of the president, they are more into propaganda than an honest reporting of the news. The Murdoch family owns this paper and TV network and it does the bidding of the super rich. What else is new in the plutocratic playground that is America?
 
 
+1 # johnescher 2019-06-27 08:41
The real subject here is a simple proposition: that a United States war with Iran would be breathtakingly stupid. I sometimes like to go to outside sources for possibly different illumination of some subject. And so I just was watching on my computer the live feed from the English-speakin g France 24, an outfit that normally is quite good in its analysis of American affairs.

In this case, however, the commentator, while listing Iran's considerable armaments, failed to point to the likelihood of ongoing guerilla warfare for the next 50 years, people exploding bombs on street corners wherever westerners assemble, individuals penetrating the United States and murdering political figures as Sirhan-Sirhan once did, etc., etc., etc.