Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.
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  • 13:50 His voice! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    mr molmanmr molman14 日 前
  • Damn right, BLM and ANTIFA are paid protestors by the Democratic Party

    Rihana JanRihana Jan14 日 前
  • 0:57 why didn’t she close the trunk?

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  • I watched this one because I'm about to go to sleep and wanted something light and funny, about fake grass, instead of the Family Separation or Gene Editing ones. I got burning babies. Good show, though.

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    Debra YoungDebra Youngヶ月 前
  • Prince Jordan Tyson is actually still acting lol

  • Fun fact- this video was the basis for a lesson I just taught my 8th graders today on lobbying and initiatives.

    Rachel McDonoughRachel McDonoughヶ月 前
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  • Lol she says that for the government , it seems like pennies, but for us, those pennies add up. That’s literally the opposite of how tax works lmao.

    LemonineLemonineヶ月 前
  • I thought this was gonna be about grass

    Will BainbridgeWill Bainbridgeヶ月 前
  • I really came here thinking I was gonna learn about the treacheries of the landscaping industry

    LittleCornMuffinLittleCornMuffinヶ月 前
  • Who would take out an ad on the Humane Society? Idk, maybe people who are against slaughtering cats and dogs for the crime of not having humans willing to own them? Sure astroturfing is stupid but that is a really stupid example.

    Justin BenjaminJustin Benjaminヶ月 前
  • Who puts candles on the crib? Graystillplays, thats who(also karens looking for the manager)

    pop boipop boiヶ月 前
  • Who else clicked on this video hoping to hear him take a firm stance against modern playground design?

    Alex UllrichAlex Ullrichヶ月 前
  • Dollarydoos are actually a fictional Australian currency from an episode of "The Simpsons".

    Seth ParkerSeth Parkerヶ月 前
  • This video seems awfully suspicious....I'm not talking any chances...I'm going to have to report this to the " National Coalition of People That protect The American Way of Life "

    John PJohn Pヶ月 前
  • "It was not factual, it was anecdotal, I wasn't under oath" = I lied, none of it was even partially true, I take money for lying and I promote the use of carsinogens and thus I give babies cancer even though I'm a doctor.

    RexRexヶ月 前
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    Nick BarnesNick Barnesヶ月 前
  • I'm here cuz of the astroturfing during covid-19

    Monnie BunceMonnie Bunceヶ月 前
  • Recent episodes have been very informative. But this adresses a problem we didn't know we have and no one is talking about. More of these please

    Xinyi ChenXinyi Chenヶ月 前
  • *Paid for by Citizens for Fresher Orange Juice*

    Huey TranHuey Tranヶ月 前
  • I legitimately thought this was going to be about actual AstroTurf 😂

    Lucille CookLucille Cookヶ月 前
  • Jhon Oliver is like the real life Cat in the Hat

    Jazzy BeatJazzy Beatヶ月 前
  • I'm inherently suspicious of anyone named Rick Berman.

    Reginald BarclayReginald Barclayヶ月 前
  • LMAO! OMG That old buisness rat has been playing Telephone with himself!

    S.O.S. ExplorationS.O.S. Explorationヶ月 前
  • Trump: these are paid protesters out here He's so self-absorbed that he thinks that people have to be monetarily persuaded to protest against him. Like dude, I would pay for a plane ticket to D.C. to protest against him.

    ollieoveritollieoveritヶ月 前
  • This is very relavent now that Trump is claiming that all BLM is all paid actors. Very interesting.

    Lauren MoonLauren Moonヶ月 前
  • I was reading about GPT-3 on OpenAI ( and read this, "We will terminate API access for obviously harmful use-cases, such as harassment, spam, radicalization, or astroturfing.", which sent me off looking for what "astroturfing" was, and thank god John had already, beautifully, addressed this. Thanks John. Next topic for your show, GTP-3.

    Tom SkillmanTom Skillmanヶ月 前
  • I can now drink *w/confidence* a glass of Orange Juice knowing I saved a baby... of some sort. 😉

    Tom GravesTom Gravesヶ月 前
  • I can't spend 2 cents more on soda!! What am I going to drink? Water?

    Antonella CastroAntonella Castroヶ月 前
  • Prince Jordan Tyson is Fungus Bob!

    Etheric LimerickEtheric Limerickヶ月 前
  • 5:22

    Ethan GreaserEthan Greaser2 ヶ月 前
  • I thought this was about actual AstroTurf

    Ebin Joe Philip PhilipEbin Joe Philip Philip2 ヶ月 前
  • You might not think you are , but John, you are my “chuckle hunk”

    A PA P2 ヶ月 前

    AstromyxinAstromyxin2 ヶ月 前
    • @Astromyxin I'm gonna need more evidence than some rando on the internet saying it's so.

      Reginald BarclayReginald Barclayヶ月 前
    • @Reginald Barclay Everything.

      AstromyxinAstromyxinヶ月 前
    • @Astromyxin But what does that have to do with Black Lives Matter and Anti-fascism?

      Reginald BarclayReginald Barclayヶ月 前
    • @Reginald Barclay Eh, come on, you know it was only a regular oversimplification. If you think that that oversimplification is "vast" I suggest you pay more attention. People are buying politicians, judges, prosecutors, you name it with dark money in every single election. Both "sides" do this. It was recently used to remove the governor of Missouri from office.

      AstromyxinAstromyxinヶ月 前
    • @Astromyxin That's a VAST oversimplification.

      Reginald BarclayReginald Barclayヶ月 前
  • Hey..I like Hardee's mushroom burgers

    Philip FrandsenPhilip Frandsen2 ヶ月 前
  • Fuck you Rick Berman! Wait that isn't the Rick from Star Trek. What is it with Ricks?

    JakeonkuningasJakeonkuningas2 ヶ月 前
  • The whole deal where the existence of these techniques lets tons of people deny legitimate claims under the pretense of being bought is a big problem. Like how climate change denialists always like to claim that all the experts are just in it for money.

    Iryan MadayanaIryan Madayana2 ヶ月 前
  • Low key my favorite JPworlds channel. I never watch you on hbo, bc I don’t have it.

    JK BJK B2 ヶ月 前
  • fuck you Rick Berman stop ruining things

    Roman SaboRoman Sabo2 ヶ月 前
  • Lies. Why not tell a credible one lol

    Miguel SanchezMiguel Sanchez2 ヶ月 前
  • why didn't the woman against the soda tax close her trunk. this is really bothering me

    Hunter HuffmanHunter Huffman2 ヶ月 前
    • Washington is ruining her life

      Ilan SmoldersIlan Smolders2 ヶ月 前
  • Fun fact: Rick Berman is the father of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains frontman David Berman

    AltaAlta2 ヶ月 前
  • This is one if the best video on one of the most important subjects. This is illegal in NY, and should at least be banned from politics. Please do an undercover episode in one of the rental crowd companies.

    Happy FoxHappy Fox2 ヶ月 前
  • Why has nobody disclosed the openly used astroturfing in US politics these days. These shameless deceiving guys now work for your adninistration. The only accusation I've seen comes from the astro king of turf, trump himself - suggesting anti racism protests is somehow actors paid by marxists.. Knowing most accusations coming from that direction are actually taken from the mountain of critisism against himself, that has piled up around him, one should really take a closer look at the guy that paid 50 bucks a head at his announcement of running. This tradition of countersue, even when it makes no sense, is trumps clumsy way to confess his own crimes. Often before he's even accused, he starts up ratting himself out. In the future there would be enough examples for a whole book. Or a tv show...

    Happy FoxHappy Fox2 ヶ月 前
  • This episode just makes me nostalgic for when this show used to be funny

    Adam CoxAdam Cox2 ヶ月 前
  • Is this real? OF COURSE do you think it's okay? OF COURSE are you just a recording? OF COURSE are you sure? OF C-C-C-C *Adam has encountered an error and must be shut down*

    ApocalypticJokerApocalypticJoker3 ヶ月 前
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    David WhilockDavid Whilock3 ヶ月 前
  • Brain eating amoebas are a real thing.

    D FENSD FENS3 ヶ月 前
  • Pretty crazy looking back on this episode in 2020 where the brain eating amoeba thing is actually true. Oof.

    Cole EdelsteinCole Edelstein3 ヶ月 前
  • No bees were harmed in the making of this video.

    Derek KeenanDerek Keenan3 ヶ月 前
  • I do protest for free. My hate for trump comes naturally. But you can always fund me this passion ✌️✌️

    D & TD & T3 ヶ月 前
  • Interesting, but probably not the best examples of astroturfing. BLM organization as apposed to those who believe in the rights of blacks, they are communists believing in the rights for nobody.

    James WallaceJames Wallace3 ヶ月 前
    • @Ilan SmoldersMaybe you do not think Maxists are the same as communists. They openly admit they are trained Marxist with intention to destroy the nuclear family.

      James WallaceJames Wallace2 ヶ月 前
    • @Ilan Smolders Nothing Black Lives Matters does is for black people. Communists are for communist system which the manipulate into place through division. Division is good for nobody.

      James WallaceJames Wallace2 ヶ月 前
    • you have no proof they are communists btw

      Ilan SmoldersIlan Smolders2 ヶ月 前
    • And communists fighting for black people's rights is bad how

      Ilan SmoldersIlan Smolders2 ヶ月 前
  • The humane society of America is actually awful though. Not local humane shelters, specifically the HSA.

    Kat NaboursKat Nabours3 ヶ月 前
  • So we have to get up. Feed the kids. Get them off to school. Drive in nightmarish traffic. Work for minimum wage. Eat garbage fast food for lunch. Get yelled at by the boss. Lose 2 hours pay to take the kids to the orthodontist or have them look like the "Hee Haw Donkey" on meth. Take bus home because the engine falls out of the car. East ramen noodles for dinner. And worry about who is funding the evil front group "Priests For Sensible Child Care Regulations"?????

    Brian BlueBrian Blue3 ヶ月 前
  • Greeks had some another time a strange moral and social rule, that a citizen had to be independent to be able to take part in demoracy. It included for exemple a hired paid job, since it could make him dependent on someone else and blur his view and decisions. So he should have his own food, can make a living win. Today there's no rule like that.

    Piotr MiszczakPiotr Miszczak3 ヶ月 前
  • The Humane Society of the United States is an extremely corrupt organization in which less than 1% of the money donated is actually used to help animals in any way, shape or form. They show animals in their commercials that are not in their care, nor receive any of the money you donate. Their mission is to stop farming and limit gun ownership. They illegally lobby against the 2nd amendment which non-profits are prohibited from doing. I'm really disappointed in you John. I didn't think you would let something like this slide past you.

    Kandrea's WorldKandrea's World3 ヶ月 前
  • Does anyone know how I can donate to Citizens for fresher orange juice?

    Charles AndrewsCharles Andrews3 ヶ月 前
  • Don and Eric as thugs? Maybe if they were paying dorks to come out to rallies but as thugs they would get the shit kicked out of them in 5 minutes

    Charles AndrewsCharles Andrews3 ヶ月 前
  • The best astroturfing commercial I've ever seen was an ad that was pro-high fructose corn syrup where the woman tried to make her friend seem ignorant for not wanting HFCS in her kids' juice. I think it was ridiculed to death quickly though. I only saw it once or twice before it was gone.

    The Stern DragoonThe Stern Dragoon3 ヶ月 前
  • If you're short on money to the point of soda and juice being too expensive if a few cents are added, then maybe have your kids drink fucking water so they don't get unhealthy and fat and have diabetes. Anyone who saw that commercial and agreed with it is trash.

    NapstablookNapstablook3 ヶ月 前
  • by the way, apparently Bob Murray set that baby on fire.. babies no bigger than an italian greyhound.

    Mikoto MisakaMikoto Misaka3 ヶ月 前
  • Yeah he was a douche at first, but “Prince what’s his name” deserves credit John Oliver - for some reason - didn't give him. He retracted his paid statement when he didn't have to, apparently because of his conscience. And he performed a genuine public service by revealing the active involvement of monied interests willing to go to some considerable lengths to illegally sway public policy. Dude has a bad haircut, but he deserved props here. I wish there were more people willing to come forward like he did.

    sfkeepaysfkeepay3 ヶ月 前
  • Live audience sounds so weird and interrupting now since COVID

    •ToBeNamed••ToBeNamed•3 ヶ月 前
  • I managed to catch and comment out a clear Astroturfing group I saw on Facebook, this show actually helped a bit. It was some sort of "Restaurant owners freedom" foundation type of thing, and I was able to pick it apart rather quickly by looking at how their website seemed to only be in my state, only seemed to have news or info on one particular bill, and the website was founded like 2 months earlier. It was a really terrible attempt at fooling people into thinking some bill would DEVASTATE restaurants, running them out of business. That bill? All it did was make it against regulations to use styrofoam containers for carry out or delivery restaurants. That's it. It even left several months once put into effect for restaurants to run out their current stock and get new ones made of cardboard or even plastic containers like a lot seem to use. Hell, most of the places I went to already didn't have to worry about it.

    Chris LauderdaleChris Lauderdale3 ヶ月 前
  • Watching the clip of the orange shirt power plant fans now is kinds sus knowing the brain eating amoeba in Texas

    P JacksonP Jackson3 ヶ月 前
  • the editing on the Adam Swart interview makes him sound like he’s on drugs lol

    madi bendymadi bendy3 ヶ月 前
  • Hey, pay me 1500€ and I'm protest.

    MCPunk55MCPunk553 ヶ月 前
  • Asbestos. That's the name of the "chemical": It's cancerous and illegal. Every house that goes through renovation is forced to go through an inspection and have all trace of asbestos removed.

    MCPunk55MCPunk553 ヶ月 前
  • Paid protester: brain eating amoebas in our water 2020: interesting

    Hunter CannanHunter Cannan3 ヶ月 前
  • George Soros: *quivering*

    Screw YouScrew You3 ヶ月 前
  • A Plastic Bag for one single bottle of Soda? That is waste

    Benedikt WBenedikt W3 ヶ月 前
  • Never heard of this before either....great episode

    Dean BDean B3 ヶ月 前
  • "...Or some brain-eating amoeba" If only we had listened...

    KaaarmKaaarm3 ヶ月 前
  • I honestly do not see how astroturfing is bad. The rich have freedom of speech too. By the way how do I get a job to astroturf for a company?

    Joseph CrispinJoseph Crispin3 ヶ月 前
  • John is sexy, nerdy and funny as heck. His smile is fucking adorable.

    Wendy GlassWendy Glass3 ヶ月 前
  • Personally I don't find anything wrong with crowds on demand and I don't think anyone else should comment you too. What you support and don't support shouldn't be affected by whether or not other people support it

    Zachary HendersonZachary Henderson3 ヶ月 前
  • “Hyper active hyper drive, AstroTURF” -Woody

    Brandon ParkerBrandon Parker4 ヶ月 前
  • You should have called the fake show parody of yours Last Week Tonight Geddit

    Ved JoglekarVed Joglekar4 ヶ月 前
    • no

      Ilan SmoldersIlan Smolders2 ヶ月 前
  • I was really expecting Prince Jordan Tyson to be in that end commercial. Disappointed.

    jb888888888jb8888888884 ヶ月 前
  • What in the holy FUCKIN hell would a mother put AN OPEN FLAME in the crib with her baby!!!???!!! What the FUCKIN hell is wrong with people.

    Kyle PirkoKyle Pirko4 ヶ月 前
    • @Ilan Smolders no shit. I meant, why would this p.o.s think that he was going to get away with this?

      Kyle PirkoKyle Pirko2 ヶ月 前
    • it didn't happen

      Ilan SmoldersIlan Smolders2 ヶ月 前
  • With governments not protecting their citizens, news being either ideology driven or flat out fake news and consumer groups being fronts for commercial special interest groups, internet searches rarely providing facts and Italian greyhounds setting babies on fire...who are people left to trust?

    4philipp4philipp4 ヶ月 前
    • Beck Cetera whose common sense?

      4philipp4philipp4 ヶ月 前
    • Common sense. Trust common sense haha.

      Beck CeteraBeck Cetera4 ヶ月 前
  • Citizens United itself is an astroturf name.

    Felis ImpurratorFelis Impurrator4 ヶ月 前
  • Rick Berman?? What is it with Ricks

    For ValgoriaFor Valgoria4 ヶ月 前
  • If you want know another good video on astroturfing look up second thought he does a really great video long with John Oliver that explains Astro surfing and second thought you had some other more recent examples of astroturfing

    Puck VagabondPuck Vagabond4 ヶ月 前
  • I’m surprised John didn’t get after the lady for not closing her trunk 0:53

    thehighlander333thehighlander3334 ヶ月 前
  • man seeing richard berman get brought up in this video is a tragic reminder of all the grief he caused his son all the up to his death last year. david berman was one of the wittiest songwriters and poets out there and it's a shame there was no peace he could find due to his father's reprehensible work

    Brad Brad Brad BradBrad Brad Brad Brad4 ヶ月 前