The state of journalism is a tenuous thing these days, and it hasn’t escaped the notice of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver.
On Sunday, his 19-minute segment on the importance of local newspapers covered such topics as declining print revenue and how much media companies rely on local reporting (yes, we got warm and fuzzy over that).
“The media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers,” Oliver observes.
But the highlight for us in Kansas City is a cameo by hometown favorite Jason Sudeikis of Big Slick fame, in a parody that comes at the end of the segment (find it at the 15:15 mark).
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Using everything Oliver finds wrong in the click-bait world, the parody trailer of “Spotlight” — which won an Oscar for best picture — makes Sudeikis an editor who cares more about a certain cat than corruption at city hall.
“Yeah, I’m just not sure how many clicks we’re going to get on that,” he tells the investigative reporter pitching the corruption story.
Oh, the humanity.