7/6/17 – HBO
Everyone should take a deep breath. And relax.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
HBO’s John Oliver lampooned my company and me the other day. Oliver hosts a comedy show. His mission is to be funny. Truth or accuracy have nothing to do with his skits.
What raised eyebrows were those who took him seriously. There was a lot of nasty and foul language on social media. Most disturbing was the threat of violence directed at my family. Seriously, guys. Oliver is a comic. Don’t get your knickers in a wad over what he says.
Oliver wanted his viewers to be horrified at Sinclair’s size. Here’s some reality. Sinclair has a market capitalization of about three-and a-half billion dollars. Oliver’s parent company, TimeWarner, is nearly 80 billion dollars. Or 23 times the size of Sinclair. And if TimeWarner’s pending merger with AT&T goes through it will be about $320 billion. Making it one of the 10 largest corporations in the entire world. Oliver didn’t share that fact with his viewers. Nor did he disclose a sister company of HBO is CNN – which competes for news viewers.
Like most entertainers, Oliver hates political opinion that isn’t hard-left.
Hollywood comedians like to make fun of farmers, factory workers, and the middle class– the little people. In fly-over country. Their audiences love that.
John Oliver has every right to load-up his comedy with liberal politics.
But don’t take it seriously.