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What John Oliver really thinks

John Oliver
John Oliver attends the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Event in New York City in November. Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Foundation.

John Oliver is getting ready to launch his fifth season of “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, a show that combines comedy with well-researched takes on the biggest news stories.

Why he matters: His show’s deep-dive segments on topics like corporate consolidation, net neutrality, the Sinclair-Tribune merger, the decline of local newspapers, vaccines and the Flint water crisis have triggered large public responses and even a few remarks from policymakers — although he says he's pretty sure President Trump doesn't watch the show. He answered reporters' questions in New York on Monday.