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The Media’s Moral Center: How John Oliver Became the Sheriff of Cable News’ Wild West

Can TV comedy news have real social and political impact? According to Salon’s Prachi Gupta, signs point to “yes.” When “Last Week Tonight,” a new Daily Show spinoff hosted by John Oliver, aired a segment on net neutrality, the FCC’s website was deluged with viewer comments. Oliver, Gupta writes, is able “to convert his audience’s frustration into action, challenging his viewers to answer tough, uncomfortable questions that Colbert and Stewart often sidestep.”

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