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John Oliver tells Fusion’s Jorge Ramos: Calling me a journalist is an insult to your profession

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While Last Week Tonight host John Oliver still insists he’s not a journalist, he did defend his show’s emphasis on accuracy during an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Tuesday night.

Oliver revealed that he only had two days to conduct his interview with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Russia, telling Ramos that while the discussion was not tense, everything around it was.

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“I felt like we were being watched all the time,” he said of his meeting with Snowden, which aired last month. “That’s because we probably were.”

Ramos drew a laugh out of Oliver when he asked why Snowden chose to talk to him and not a “respected journalist.”

“You’re right — I’m not a respected journalist,” Oliver said.

“Are you a journalist?” Ramos asked.

“I’m not. I’m a comedian,” Oliver replied.

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“But you’re doing the job of a journalist,” Ramos pressed.

“I’m doing the job of a comedian,” Oliver said. “So, I make jokes about the news. I’m pretty clear about the lane that I’m in.”

Ramos pressed again, telling Oliver, “You have more credibility than most journalists here in the United States and, I would say, in many other countries.”

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“But that is more an insult to the current state of journalism than it is a compliment for the state of comedy,” Oliver responded.

Later, Oliver commended his show’s fact-checking department, crediting his show’s model to his time working as a correspondent for Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.

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“We have very aggressive fact checkers and very thorough researchers, so that we’re not wrong,” Oliver said. “Because if you make a joke about something that is factually inaccurate the joke collapses.”

Watch the interview, as aired on Fusion on Tuesday, below.

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Elon Musk mocked after Starship explosion: ‘Maybe have NASA handle rockets’

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Billionaire Elon Musk was the target of jokes on Twitter after his company SpaceX suffered a rocket explosion.

"SpaceX just experienced the biggest explosion yet at its Texas site, where it's testing prototypes for a Mars rocket," Marina Koren of The Atlantic reported.

"A resident who lives nearby—just 2 miles away—said it felt like an earthquake," she added.

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Musk was ridiculed following the blast. Here's some of what people were saying:

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‘This is not going to end’: Van Jones says the public doesn’t trust local authorities to deliver justice

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On CNN Friday, commentator Van Jones discussed where the George Floyd case currently stands — and what must happen to ensure the peace.

"This particular medical examiner's report reminds me of the 1990s, where there was this thing called 'sudden in-custody death syndrome,'" said Jones. "Things just got so sudden that the person died. It almost began to feel like a collaboration or collusion between law enforcement and the medical examiners to come up with stuff that kind of watered down the role of the police. If hypertension is going to become an excuse for what happened here, African-Americans including myself have hypertension at epidemic rates."

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The View’s Meghan McCain burns Trump for making older voters think he’s going to feed them to the virus

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain explained how President Donald Trump’s own rhetoric is driving away some of his most important voters.

The president won senior voters by a wide margin in the 2016 election, but the coronavirus pandemic has eroded what support remained from that highly motivated voting bloc.

"What I think is interesting is most political analysts, myself included, have been waiting to read some of the tea leaves about this pandemic," McCain said. "Given the controversial handling of it, and obviously the fact that this is a virus that impacts people over the age of 60 at a much higher likelihood than people under the age of 60, I have been curious to see how this is going to play out."

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