Play of the Day: Good News! You’re Not Paranoid

National Journal

With news of the widespread use of telephone data surveillance used by the National Security Agency and the recent news of the PRISM program, late-night comedians had plenty of material. The Late Show's David Letterman, Late Night's Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show's Jay Leno all took different routes to get into jokes about the program. Leno referenced the new Superman movie, Fallon brought in the meeting between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping and Letterman highlighted Sasha Obama's birthday. Fallon and Letterman also mentioned China in referencing the place NSA leaker and former contractor Edward Snowden had fled.

On Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert referenced the possible danger Snowden might find from the United States government. On The Daily Show, replacement host John Oliver highlighted some of the points of the program, mentioning that the Amish must be feeling "pretty smug" right now about not using cell phones or the Internet. He also referenced George Orwell during the first segment of the show and showed concern about Congressional oversight into government surveillance.

Fast forward to 2:35 to hear Oliver explain to Obama why he's not understanding the American public's concerns.

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