John Oliver Ponders TV News Without Local Newspapers

By Mark Joyella 

HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver explored the decline of American newspapers—and what it means for TV news, which often turns to print for stories. “Without newspapers around to cite, TV news would just be Wolf Blitzer endlessly batting a ball of yarn around.”

The HBO segment included a series of clips from network newscasts featuring correspondents and anchors referencing local newspapers, with Oliver saying “watch how often TV news ends up citing print sources.”

The clip includes NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd, CNN’s Dan Simon, segments from MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg TV and several newspaper stories used in the “This Morning’s Headlines” segment on CBS This Morning: