On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at the troubling state of journalism in the digital age, and how it affects newspapers, media companies, and those journalists that are still employed.

It's no secret that print readership of local newspapers has plummeted along with the rise of the digital news, but that has far-reaching implications that have been largely ignored. One of the larger issues is that news-based TV shows cite local print journalism stories and research, including Last Week Tonight.

But as local newspapers close or get swallowed by huge media conglomerates, the ability to report real news instead of stories about cute animals gets increasingly difficult.


Somehow, corrupt politicians and billionaires keep winning even when it deals with media and journalism.

Sources: YouTube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver