- Oliver knocks it out of park (again)
His long essays on "Last Week Tonight," the Sunday night HBO show, are must-see TV. As media have largely ditched regular coverage of social services — how many have a reporter full-time on their state's department of children and family services? — maybe it takes comics and satirists to fill the void. Oliver was right on point Sunday about the aftermath of mass shootings, such as that in Oregon, and the media's and political realm's penchant to briefly, if insincerely broach mental illness as something to deal with even if gun control remains a bigger problem in these matters. As he underscored, gun violence is not any monopoly of the mentally ill; they're more likely to be victims.