Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sheriffs; Modi, coronavirus updates

Last Week TonightFollowing the March 1 episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliverwe wondered if the HBO show would tackle the coronavirus again. To the surprise of no one, they decided to do that and then some.

In the opening minutes of this episode, Oliver took on a number of big questions when it comes to what was going on with the coronavirus. Take, for example, his visit to the CDC, him wanting to keep the numbers of diseases “where they are,” and then also some more misinformation that is out there about this disease. None of this was surprising, mostly because of what we saw the week before.

Following this, we also had a follow-up segment on Modi, which we had a focus on a couple of weeks ago. As you would expect, there are some people in India who are not altogether happy with what you have to say.

For the main segment tonight, Oliver focused on a subject that we did not expect: Sheriffs. In a way, though, this does make a certain degree of sense. Let’s just think about it a little bit like this — these are positions that are often voted on, and they do control a lot in terms of how law enforcement works. They don’t get a lot of attention when it comes to this. Yet, they control everything from the quality of jail at times and then also allegations of corruption.

So are sheriffs facing some unchecked power? Maybe for some. We never feel like Oliver paints with an extremely-broad brush. Yet, there are a lot of people out there doing questionable things and not being held accountable. It’s a recurring theme of Oliver’s show — the problems with the criminal justice system. People don’t like to think about how prisoners are being treated. Yet, there are serious issues that do need to be addressed — one that require us to look at our own sense of humanity.

Oh, and this main segment was very much funny — it helped to liven up what was otherwise a serious subject.

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