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Have you heard of HBO's newest news show, Last Week Tonight? It stars The Daily Show veteran John Oliver, who, every Sunday night, skewers the previous week's events. If you haven't yet, it really is worth a watch.

In last night's show, Oliver took aim at General Motors, which late last week was dinged with a $35-million fine over its handling (or lack thereof) of the ignition switch scandal. Oliver delivered a scathing, not-safe-for-work commentary in a 10-minute tirade on the recall(s), GM's internal censorship and the company's CEO, Mary Barra.

While there is an inherent irony in an Englishman criticizing an automaker's record of reliability and recalls, Oliver makes a number of fair and valid points about what is rapidly shaping up to be one of the very worst years in the company's 107-year history.

Take a look below for the video, and do be warned, as this aired on HBO; there is no shortage of salty language (and an image of a three-breasted woman).


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      b.rn
      • 9 Months Ago
      Shame on GM. This will hurt them. However, let's bring things into perspective: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/automobiles/10-car-makers-boasting-the-lowest-recall-rates.html/?a=viewall
      Larry Litmanen
      • 9 Months Ago
      "While there is an inherent irony in an Englishman criticizing an automaker's record of reliability and recalls"-------Got it, British people are not allowed to comment on quality. If this line does not prove what Autoblog has become and how low it fell after the huffington takeover nothing ever will.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        The English lack moral ground to stand on and lecture anyone on anything. They are by far The most treacherous people on earth, worse than the Romans, Nazis and everyone else. Together with the Dutch, they came up with institutionalized racism. They codified it into law. English settlers in the Americas were the worst slave owners, ever. Well, second only to Arabs.
          car-a-holic
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          It's also a fact racism and slavery have existed for several thousand years bce, before Africans sold Africans to Europeans. Now what??? Your argument is still broken.
          car-a-holic
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Your off track. Especially in racism. Ask the Jewish what they think of your boloney. Read some history, your argument is broken.
          Mbukukanyau
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          car-a-holic The English invented institutionalized racism, together with the dutch reformed church.. that is historical fact... See how they governed their colonies
          Losferatu
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Meanwhile, America, Land of The Free, where your huddled masses will always be welcomed, NEVER had any issues w racism or government sanctioned segregation in the modern era, nor was it ever EVER guilty of calculated genocide of the native peoples of the North America continent. The US is also known for how well it has treated Irish, Chinese, Mexican and Italian immigrants over the years... Racism and general shittiness to fellow humans is not an ethnic, cultural or nationalist issue, it's part of human DNA. Our species has equal capacity for great acts of kindness and horribleness, in equal measure.
          Stirling Matheson
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Do you not understand the irony of how massively racist your statement is?
      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      The English come here to bash Americans and put people like Mrs. Barra down, this guy is using a platform that he did not pay for to speak ill of others putting people's employment in jeopardy and all the consequences that come with disseminating inaccurate information on situations good or bad. This is not comedy, its put ill will. For one people died, we need this investigated by sober people and those guilty punished, without hurting those that are not responsible for the mess. We also need to keep things in perspective when dealing with problems like these. A lot of people drive GM cars across the globe, and that is a lot of jobs here in the US. Why should that be put in jeopardy by a looser talking head from England?
      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      Journalists are the worst people on the planet, all they do is talk bad about others while not looking in the mirror. rotten profession.
        G_Rock
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        How many people did John Oliver kill with his defective cars??
          Mbukukanyau
          • 9 Months Ago
          @G_Rock
          How many people is he hurting that are not responsible?
        disngaj
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Journalists - the few that still remain, that is - are truth seekers, rather than reporters who simply convey corporate PR (aka, corporate BS).
          Mbukukanyau
          • 9 Months Ago
          @disngaj
          truth seekers BS, they are propaganda machines, they are the people responsible for some of the worst atrocities in history. They disseminate falsehoods everywhere.
          keet
          • 9 Months Ago
          @disngaj
          So mbukaki, While there are many idiot "journalists" (go over to Jalpnik, they like to hang out there), what falsehoods did Mr. Oliver espouse?
      turbo_awd
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, the more I hear about GM (and I realize they picked all the worst parts here), the more I resolve to never, ever buy one..
        BodyBlue
        • 9 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd
        Ooops GM is spending more on bloggers-for-hire than they are anything else these days....as can be seen by the downvotes on anti GM posts.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @BodyBlue
          [blocked]
          Shawn
          • 9 Months Ago
          @BodyBlue
          tell us smilez, yonomo, mbukukanyau, carguy1701. How many times per week do you get banned.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @BodyBlue
          [blocked]
      Clipper44
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is trash. Mary Barra is trash. People should be in prison over all these deaths.
        Echelon Bob
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Clipper44
        No. No one should go to jail for this. By that standard no one could ever produce and sell anything in America. Every product is dangerous when used incorrectly, and you can't protect against every possibility. At the end of the day, it's simple: some people went crazy with their key rings. Through no fault of their own, they didn't know they shouldn't hang so much stuff on there, and conversely GM underestimated how much junk people might hang on those keys. Ultimately, a tiny, miniscule portion of people using GM's products were affected with tragic results. To prevent any further tiny, miniscule portion from being affected, GM is paying to fix all of it at an absurd expense. Forget $35M - that's a drop in the bucket compared to the real cost of the recall. GM and Mary Barra aren't trash. What's trash is Oliver's sensationalizing all of this BS and just for the ratings trashing a company that's trying to do the right thing when they are down. P.S. I don't own nor have ever owned a GM product.
          sparrk
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Echelon Bob
          Nice try, how much did GM pay you to write this crap ?
          Clipper44
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Echelon Bob
          Nope Nope Nope Nope. GM put a substandard spring in the ignition and knew this stupid spring (that should never have been in there in the first place) was killing people. They then covered up the problem and harassed people who had lost loved ones. This is not about GM misjudging how much crap people put on their keyring.. obvious GM troll is obvious.
          flammablewater
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Echelon Bob
          You've never owned a GM product? That's nice, I never will one, and think a lot of people are now making the same decision.
      drew
      • 9 Months Ago
      That was fantastic. GM Why walk through the valley of the shadow of death when you can drive?
      OnTheRocks
      • 9 Months Ago
      Dear valued employee, Please refrain from calling the fine vehicles manufactured here at General Motors "sh*theaps, deathtraps, clusterf****" or any other similarly accurate description. We are aware that some vehicles left their respective assembly locations in the past twenty+ years with faulty ignitions, brakes, transmissions, intake manifold gaskets, tail lamp wiring (well, basically all wiring) and we are working diligently to ignore customer complaints as best as possible and our PR team is spinning this the best they can. Keep up the terrible work, and remember; No matter how badly you screw up, the suits up top will still be rich and getting nice bonuses this year. -Management
      car-a-holic
      • 9 Months Ago
      No wonder they went bankrupt. Their story is of negligence where at least chryco was a hostile takeover and cash shakedown. I supported the bailout, but now I say to hell with them! GM! Kill it with fire!!!!!
      MTU 5.0
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM can be negligent for wanting to save a few pennies on the lock design, and John Oliver can still be a douchebag. The two are not mutually exclusive.
      ChrisH
      • 9 Months Ago
      I am still trying to understand why the low ball fine, Toyota got fined out the wahzoo for what is arguably less
        keet
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ChrisH
        Toyota's fine was for the whole dealio, GM's is only for taking its time revealing it. The investigation is still on-going, it can, and should, be a whole lot higher.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ChrisH
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          • 9 Months Ago
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        Mbukukanyau
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ChrisH
        This is a different Federal Agency, the Department of Justice has not completed its investigation for criminal negligence. They might bring a case if the determine there was criminal negligence like in Toyota's case.
          Shawn
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Department of Justice. Don't make us laugh. All Eric Holder does is run cover for Obama.
      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 9 Months Ago
      Apparently an awful lot of butt hurt GM consumers or employees on this board.
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