Saturday, October 20, 2018

John Oliver on Saudi murder

Not his best, but here is late-night-host John Oliver's take on Donald Trump covering up traces of the Saudi (probable) murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashoggi

Commenting on the Public Broadcast System last night, NYTimes columnist David Brooks wondered whether the Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections next month should not lean a little less on health care as an issue and more on the norms being whittled away in the United States:

I think there is something to be said for Brooks' plea, but sympathize with politicians who cannot frame it in a way that will hit home as clearly as health care. "Decency" and "norms" -- how do you make that seem important when one man's death at the hands of autocracy (in exchange for arms deals for American companies and real estate deals for the president) is somehow acceptable. It may be an abomination, but so many abominations depend on those viewing the blood bath ... oh, and did I mention the longing to get re-elected?

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me feeling disturbed by the jokes and laughs in the background, around what appears to have been the brutal murder and horrendous death of a real person? Isn't that, in some way, the laughing side of the not so different kind of overly detached sick mentality that is needed to commit such a barbaric act? Maybe I am just getting old and grumpy, but those laughs really felt very distant to me... I guess it's relief, an escape to make the undigestible more easily digestible, whereas to me feels like undigestible squared.