Oliver speaks with Reductress founder Beth Newell about the differences between satire and fake news - and when the two cross get confused for each other.


Oliver describes an unnerving experience at U.S. Customs. Also, a report on the most recent measure taken by Germany to stamp out fake news.

EPISODE 14 - "The Seth Rich Conspiracy"

Many on the right have made a mockery of the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich with an ugly conspiracy theory. Oliver deep dives into this conspiracy and its perpetrators with Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan ‏). Melissa Ryan has a been a staple in the progressive movement for over 10 years. Ryan was a staffer for Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign and currently runs the popular newsletter "Control Alt Right Delete."


Oliver is joined by Arresting Knowledge founder Deborah Pardes for a wide-ranging discussion, covering topics like citizen journalism, Louise Mensch, and internet deregulation.

Episode 9 - Pizzagate

Guest: Will Sommer

Action item from today's episode:

- Sign up for Will's weekly newsletter about the state of conservative media: Right Richter

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Alex Jones on Pizzagate-xtravaganza

EPISODE 8 - The Dumbing down of democracy

Guest: Vaeme Afokpa

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This is one hell of a Twitter poll.

Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason

A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces—usually treated as separate entities—that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.

Episode 7 - Fake News and the Left

Guest: Jess McIntosh

Action items from today's episode:

- Activism is important, so sign up for Signal Boost and stay informed (enjoy strong GIFs!)
- Read SHAREBLUE for all things #Resistance-related

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Poor Adam. As always, tweet us @fakeitpodcast with your submissions.

Episode 6 - Austria

Guest: Yussi Pick

This week's must have resource is: Media Bias Fact Check
Check those sources folks!

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A little bit of irony this week... As always, tweet us @fakeitpodcast with your submissions.


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Episode 5 - George Orwell

Guest: Ameya Tripathi 

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Nothing insane about this at all. As always, tweet us @fakeitpodcast with your submissions.

Bulletin board - Post Truth // Orwell

Breit-watch: The craziest Breitbart headline was...
Twitter Erupts with Trump Truck Memes Following Photo-Op

The Whopper - Orwell Called It
2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

Tools you need to download:

- Get the Hypothes.is plug-in for Chrome

- Follow/get this chrome plug-in for Donald Trump fact checks in real time

Ep 4 - Education

Guests: Ash Wednesday / MC Lars

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Nothing insane about this at all. As always, tweet us @fakeitpodcast with your submissions.

The Bulletin Board - Do it for the kids

Breit-watch: The craziest Breitbart headline was...
CEO Makes Potential Employees Take a ‘Snowflake Test’ Before Hiring

The Whopper - Calling Bullshit on Fake News at school
Indy 100: There’s a new university class ‘calling bulls**t’ on fake news

Ep 3 - Silicon Valley

Guest: Ian Griffin Adams

Breit-watch: The craziest Breitbart headline was...
Chuck Schumer Tweets Fake News: Women Turn to Planned Parenthood for ‘Mammograms, Maternity Care’

Bulletin board: Social media, please do better...

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Reminder, this man is the US President's go to source.

Ep 2 - Digital Publishing

Guest: Mark Glaser

What would fake news be without the internet??? Probably just a series of flyers scrawled in marker and stapled to the telephone pole outside your local record store, instead of the thing responsible for destroying civilization. Oliver considers the relationship between fake news and digital publishing, and the ways in which the online landscape rewards amateur journalism and fosters the alternative fact-verse. Oliver also welcomes special guest Mark Glaser (founder, publisher, and executive editor, MediaShift.org) to discuss his concerns about the influence of fake news on the future of digital publishing and the responsibility of online outlets such as Facebook to combat fake news.

Breit-watch: The craziest Breitbart headline was...
"Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump"

Bulletin board - Faking more than just politics...

Ep 1 - Russian Cyber Warfare

Guest: Bishop Garrison

The Russians are coming!!! Just kidding. They're already here. Oliver explores the relationship between Russian cyber warfare and the rise of fake news. And he rolls out such soon-to-be-classic segments as "Breitwatch" (like Baywatch, but for the alt-right) and "I'm Alex Jonesing, Baby!" Oliver also welcomes special guest Bishop Garrison, US Army Veteran and Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor for the Hillary Clinton campaign, to discuss the problem of fake news, the role that Russian hackers have played in its online dissemination, and ways to repair the American public's broken trust in the democratic system.

Breit-watch: The craziest Breitbart headline was...
"VANNESS: How Many People Do You Have to Kill to Get Involved with the Women’s March?"
(the answer, btw, is zero)

The Bulletin board - Let's cyber!

The Whopper

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Ep 0 - Fake News Is Dangerous

Guest: none.

In our intro episode we discuss...

  • What 'fake news' really is -- hint: it's more than Donald Trump or Jeremy Corbyn decrying unfavourable media coverage.

  • The rise in fake news and explore the spike in google trends and search results

  • Fake news & capitalism by looking at the story of Paul Horner, a man who made approximately $10K a month writing fake news stories

  • Is There A Loophole That Could Actually Keep Obama In The White House? No, there isn't. But I wrote a piece of satire which Yahoo News turned into a viral success, without reading it. We look at digital syndication partnerships and how they help spread fake news.

  • Fake news is dangerous, see: PizzaGate

The Bulletin Board:

  1. Huffpo - New Poll Suggests Fake News has almost no meaning anymore

  2. Vice - The Kremlin is literally stamping reports it doesn't like as "fake news"

  3. Gizmodo - Bullshit artist Dr. Oz is doing an episode about Fake News

  4. The Hill - Pence: Democrats’ Obamacare promises were ‘fake news’

A special thank you as always to @RileySoloner who recorded the intro for me.