Fake Journalism Wins Again As John Oliver Interviews Edward Snowden

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Courtesy: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’, HBO

For a decade, Jon Stewart has been the most trusted (fake) journalist in the country. Now that he is retiring, there is a wide chasm for a real reporter to sit in the big boy chair and deliver the interviews America craves.

As we begin to grieve Stewart’s loss, another (fake) journalist, John Oliver, is more than ready to take his place — as seen in this riveting and surprisingly tense interview with NSA whistleblower/Russian expatriate Edward Snowden.

The guy has been on a never-ending press tour from Charlie Rose to SXSW, but it took a comedian to get him to really talk.

(Somewhere Walter Cronkite is crying at the state of journalism.)

For example, Oliver made Snowden comfortable enough to say this:

“I worked with mass surveillance systems against Chinese hackers … I saw that these things have some purpose. What you don’t want is them spying inside your own country. Spies are great when they’re on your own side. When they’re off the leash they can end up coming after us.

I did this to give the American people a chance to decide for themselves the kind of government they want to have. That is a conversation that I think the American people deserve to decide.”

Oliver’s response:

“Is it a conversation that we have the capacity to have because it’s so complicated?… Everything you did only matters if we have this conversation properly.”

Oliver followed by speaking the American public’s language: dick pics.

As Snowden said with a straight face:

“The good news is there’s no program named ‘The D— Pic Program. The bad news is that they are still collecting everyone’s information, including your d— pics.”

We don’t know what was louder — the gasp from American journalists that Oliver got him to talk so candidly or the sound of the “mic” as it dropped from Snowden’s hand.

You tell us…