Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.
On the eve of the week where Republicans may well steal health care from millions of Americans and thus render his warning mostly moot, Last Week Tonight's John Oliver spent the better part of an extra-long episode examining the for-inexplicable-reasons controversial issue of vaccinations. The host used a clip from CBS News featuring former WCCO anchor Jamie Yuccas as a set up. But Oliver argued that, despite the reassurance it might bring, that method is a "middle ground between sense and nonsense".
Hold up. Rewind the tape. Garrisons Keillor? To Oliver, it's this belief that is more risky that that of the staunch anti-vaxxers.
Coming up next week: Oliver takes on Als Franken. And that is a sentiment that he's also expressed online, with a tweet reading "tiny children are not horses", an assertion that PolitiFact rates: "'Yeah, I mean, I guess technically we've got to give him that, but good grief'".
"The study was of just 12 children and it was by this guy, Andrew Wakefield, and if you're wondering why I didn't say 'Dr".
Addressing what he called the "hum of doubt" that can't seem to be turned off across America, Oliver was ready to unpack why a fear of vaccines is on a small - but steady - incline across the country. Bob Sears, the Orange County physician who's built an empire based on vaccine skepticism, while admitting that his alternative vaccination schedule is not based on any peer-reviewed studies. Although, pretty much every medical practice sounds terrifying when you break it down like that. And the answer to those, by the way, are yes, no and absolutely, because the more they cry now the more they'll be prepare to watch This Is Us when they get older. An appendectomy means removing one of your organs through stabbery.
"Parenthood in general is fucking terrifying". "Believe me, I'm someone who is scared of literally everything - the dark, the light, heights, depths, confined spaces, open spaces, strangers, intimacy, spiders and a sudden and mysterious lack of spiders".
A protective parent of his own prematurely born son, Oliver acknowledged the fears parents have over their children's health. He was born prematurely following a very hard pregnancy, and I've anxious about his health and I'm still anxious about his health a lot. "And if I can overcome the temptation to listen to the irrational shouting of my terrified lizard brain, then I believe that everyone can".