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John Oliver vs Warner: US-based comic buys TV6 airtime; Plus more

Mr Live Wire had a bad dream last night. He dreamt: that the Prime Minister just started the sixth year of a five-year term in office, the country’s Attorney General is so uninspiring that the People’s Partnership once replaced him as minister with Jamal “I am stupid” Mohammed…

That ILP leader Jack Warner admitted his party’s green colours were meant for camouflage, and he has hired Makandal Daaga, Winston Dookeran and President Anthony Carmona for hide and seek tips.

And everyone was so busy discussing Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation that no one noticed Roodal Moonilal left the supper table looking like Sherman Klump and came to breakfast as Heidi Klum.

Photo: Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal poses in his swimwear... Or is that former super model Heidi Klum?
Photo: Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal poses in his swimwear…
Or is that former super model Heidi Klum?

But then Live Wire checked his sock draw, saw a Trinidad and Tobago passport and realised it was probably all true.

No surprise then that popular US-based English comic John Oliver, the satirical host of Last Week Tonight, announced that he purchased five minutes of airtime on CCN TV6 from 9 pm on Tuesday June 9 to make an address to the nation. A TV6 source confirmed the deal too.

Oliver’s broadcast, “John Oliver: The mittens of disapproval are on”, is a comical retort to Warner’s address last Wednesday entitled: “Jack Warner: The gloves are off.”

“Apparently you can just buy time on TV there to say whatever you like,” said Oliver, to raucous laughter from his audience.

The funniest part about Oliver’s claim, sadly, is that it is true.

Photo: English comic John Oliver, who hosts HBO's Last Week Tonight, is about to put his mittens on for TV6.
Photo: English comic John Oliver, who hosts HBO’s Last Week Tonight, is about to put his mittens on for TV6.

TV6 recently showed the lifeless body of former Security Minister Martin Joseph—wearing only a red shorts—on a loop during its news broadcast, the Trinidad Guardian carried a full page advertisement that compared activist Wayne Kublalsingh to a lizard and the Trinidad Mirror, with a poignant middle finger to media watch groups, published a photograph of a naked yet aroused corpse on its front page.

Now, even foreign media houses are flying in to screw with us.

Tourists once streamed in to Piarco International Airport to join in our Carnival or to watch Brian Lara bat. These days, it is “corruption tourism” that fills up the swanky Port of Spain hotels, as journalists come to cover Warner’s woeful impersonation of Dr Richard Kimble.

Justice Minister Prakash Ramadhar yesterday claimed that Warner—the PP’s former acting Prime Minister—had “really polluted the stream of the politics of this nation”, which is especially funny as his COP party was launched at Warner’s Centre of Excellence.

But, as 21st century philosopher Chris Brown pointed out: “these hoes ain’t loyal.”

Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. Warner served as Works Minister and National Security Minister for the People's Partnership Government before his resignation in 2013. (Courtesy FIFA.com)
Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
Warner served as Works Minister and National Security Minister for the People’s Partnership Government before his resignation in 2013.
(Courtesy FIFA.com)

And, mind you, the COP chose the Centre of Excellence—which had already been flagged as a controversial property by ex-FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen—just months after Warner became the first executive committee member found guilty by FIFA for violating its code of ethics, after he tried to force Trinidad and Tobago football fans to buy 2006 World Cup tickets at more than a 300 percent mark up.

Let me repeat: Warner was so corrupt that even FIFA felt he was making them look bad; and the People’s Partnership made him National Security Minister and acting Prime Minister.

If there are patriots left in Trinidad and Tobago, you certainly won’t find them in the Cabinet. It is every man for himself these days.

No wonder Moonilal won’t share his Nutty Professor formula with Parliamentary colleague, Stephen Cadiz.

Photo: Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that the Nutty Professor plans to sue Roodal Moonilal for patent infringement.
Photo: Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that the Nutty Professor plans to sue Roodal Moonilal for patent infringement.

Meanwhile, Warner’s slide into farce continues. Once, he ate with prime ministers and presidents and offered advice to Queen Elizabeth on England’s World Cup bid.

Now, he is crossing swords with late night comics like Keith Olbermann and John Oliver.

There was some news from the San Fernando Magistrates Court that might make Warner sit up straight today. Security guard Allan Jones finally appeared before Magistrate Natalie Diop for kicking a man in the head, a whooping ten years ago!

Jones said the matter was postponed over 40 times and the decade-long case cost him just TT$15,000 in legal fees.

What does that have to do with Warner?

Well, UNC financiers Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson were able to hold off extradition with the argument that they were being wanted for the same crime in Trinidad.

Photo: Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan (right) shares a tender moment with UNC financier Ish Galbaransingh who is wanted for corruption by the United States Government. Ex-FIFA VP Jack Warner wants some love too.
Photo: Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan (right) shares a tender moment with UNC financier Ish Galbaransingh who is wanted for corruption by the United States Government.
Ex-FIFA VP Jack Warner wants some love too.

So could Warner also argue that, were he to be charged in Trinidad, the High Court should block his extradition until such a legal matter was completed?

Mr Live Wire has no idea what the legal minds would say about such a theoretical case. But, just in case, if Warner shows up in Parliament sporting a football boots and a crazy glint in his eye, Ramadhar better watch his Prakash!

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89 comments

  1. Yes Vernal, I call it Island mentality

  2. Ah not watching tv6 an ah doh care.

  3. John Oliver making the USA proud boy!

  4. It is absurd ! Why allow a foreigner to buy air time to heap ridicule on a Citizen, and the Country as a whole?

  5. Trinis ent realise…despite who will say n do whaever….. Jack gonna make some ppl rich….right now i vex cus i not livin Five Rivers next to Jack….u kno how much paparazzi photographers will pay ppl who livin even 200 meters away from him….it is what it is…..ha!

  6. Mittens of Disapproval Are On

  7. Gaiven Clairmont

    Its being played out as a comedy but it is so sad that a country who aspires to be a Developed Nation has been reduced to a laughing stock on the international stage (smdh)

  8. Hahaha!! Lasana Liburd you is a real GOAT ( greatest of all time) Love it!! Think you might get the kick tho!!

  9. And he makes a good point eh.
    All this attention I think would prove beneficial to us, we will at last see ourselves through eyes that have seen the world allowing us to recognize that we have mentally isolated ourselves in a bubble of our own making.

    That bubble is being burst!

  10. The Judge who sentenced Boysie Singh to death, Sir Mortimer Duke, remarked thus … “how long shall the wicked reign ? They shall flourish but for a season” … and Boysie was finally hung after tampering with the jury at the first trial. The darkest night always ends by the light of day !

  11. ““Apparently you can just buy time on TV there to say whatever you like,” said Oliver, to raucous laughter from his audience. The funniest part about Oliver’s claim, sadly, is that it is true.

    Laughin we to scorn, but we just can’t [get] enough eh. . .” Camille Winchester, and the disturbing thing is that we appear to fail to see the insult.

  12. Mr Live Wire the corrupted Jack Warner ain’t and won’t be putting you out of business no way, a matter of fact you will be putting him out of his miseries once had for all because the only way to deal with SOCIOPATHS is to cut them of entirely and put them away in jail for a very long time. Them really good yes.

  13. Anyway, there is a World Cup football match about to begin or probably started already. Catch you guys tomorrow.

  14. Actually he embarrasses countries all the time, Japan immediately comes to mind for their custom of having mascots for EVERYTHING under the sun.

  15. Not T&T, but Warner, FIFA, the UNC and TV6.
    You should have seen what he did to Ecuador’s president.

  16. I don’t think Oliver is coming to purposefully embarrass T&T. We have already embarrassed ourselves by ignoring the many articles and other investigative reports that highlighted, with evidence, Jack Warner’s shenanigans. John Oliver is one of many passionate football lovers who, for years, has been warning the world about FIFA and its fraudulent deals etc. We should have stepped up to the plate but collectively we do not have the will or maybe the finesse nor the skilled investigators to address rampant boldface corruption. So let’s be calm, sit back, learn a few things and enjoy the show.

  17. I feel like Trinidad’s bubble is finally being burst and we will be ushered reluctantly into the real world.

  18. And drink something strong to numb it!

  19. We deserve it Vernal. We just have to hug a pillow and imagine we are somewhere else I assume.

  20. Lasana that is the feeling I have as well, they have no idea what Oliver is gonna say………..they might not even be certain what he does!

  21. Yup in one fell swoop, local media and Warner are being made fun of

  22. And that is what Oliver is lampooning Shiva Ramberran………along with Jack’s absurdity!

  23. I’m guessing they have no idea what John Oliver is going to say as well Vernal.
    I don’t mind one side paying for airspace. The option must be there for other party to do the same and–Sunity has repeatedly made this point–it must be covered as a news stories by competent journalists. Not left for them to run the entire production as they like.

  24. Yup Jack was the one who gave an address that implicated the UNC in the FIFA mess he is embroiled in, hence it was a political ad and so equal time for a response would normally be afforded but not in T&T

  25. Not Oliver, Warner.
    Warner had a paid spot on TV6 where he made accusations against the government. Any respectable media would not allow such a practice, they would give both parties equal time to make statements and they would not have to pay for the privilege Brian.

  26. And I could always do with a lil revenue mind you. Those companies declare millions in profit.

  27. Shiva Ramberran, I was asked to run an ad with “news content” by a major local ad company.
    I said we do have space available but I would need to see the ad to ensure it wasn’t slanderous.
    They refused and I refused.
    Point is many stations and news houses seem to accept ads without vetting them.

  28. But Shiva, is John Oliver running for office in T&T? 🙂

  29. Trinidad is the Wild West of TV media! Hahaha

  30. This is Trinidad, a politician can buy airtime and talk about the government and there is no law that states that the party he directed his message at, must be allowed equal time on that same network to rebutt his position, hell even all the networks that preempt for POTUS’s SOTU, has to afford the other party the same courtesy to air a rebuttal, or even when Arnold ran for Governor in Cali, the airing of any of his films there had to be blocked at it would mean his opponent would be given the same length of time to air an ad as his film was, which in itself was not political, John Oliver basically proved no such thing exists in T&T and he can buy time just like Jack and say what he wants

  31. “21st century philosopher Chris Brown” lol

  32. Love John Oliver but sad that our country is the butt of a comedic newsanchor ‘ s program

  33. The Wolf of Woodford Square!

  34. But Nicole we are all Trinidadians here and everyone obviously knows who John Oliver is.
    You took that comment way too seriously.

  35. We as in we in Trinidad. Smh

  36. Hahaha
    No girl, when you said “we” I naturally assumed you meant you worked there too.

    I’m just surprised that TV6 would sell Oliver air time.

  37. Sigh. Like Kamla train you Vernal? Once yuh don’t agree with a position yuh hadda be one ah dem. smh

  38. Vernal, my friend. You took the words out my mouth..! I hope he excoriates them. Roast with no oil!

  39. Brian you make me lol for real!!

  40. Sorry Nicole I didn’t mean to offend.
    I honestly didn’t know you worked for TV6.

  41. Yep. Cuz we still swing on vines and wear grass skirts so how in creation would TV6 have heard of John Oliver. Smh

  42. Nicole Ulerie I see your steups and raise you a steups of my own! LOL

  43. I’m willing to ante up for Mr. Live Wire to purchase 5 minutes of air time on UNC3 TV.

  44. What a dam shame . TV6 ….. Alyuh hongry….. Dam….

    • You hit the nail on the head Julia … there is a fundamental difference between professional journalists and the ‘hongry ass wordsmiths’ who eat ah food in what passes for media in T&T. That’s why Lasana had to start his own press and John Oliver is able to buy 5 mins of prime time on tv6. Keep on truckin’ Lasana … ! A few more real journalists and we can stop the triumph of evil.

  45. steups @ Vernal Damion Cadogan and that dotish suspicion

  46. This guy is dumb.. Sigh… I pity ignorant people.. Comparing ish to warner

  47. I suspect TV6 didn’t realize who John Oliver is anymore that Jack realized what The Onion was.

  48. Of course they could. But it is not in the DNA or media houses to say “no” to money. Now they have to cross their fingers that he doesn’t lampoon them on their own station!

  49. follow up questions Lasana Liburd, why would they sell him the time? couldn’t they say no?

  50. Lasana you could do a stint writing for him.

  51. Alicia Crichlow-Regis, I confirmed with TV6 that he did buy airtime.

  52. The countdown to June 17 is on right now yes. I beyond fed up

  53. Did they really sell the airtime Vernal Damion Cadogan or is it a comedienne being silly?

  54. No way Kendall! Every country has its scamps & neer do wells…I am proud to be a Trini no matter what…Look at Kishorn yesterday…we also have other POSITIVE things goin on.

  55. Look thing, everybody making us the pappy show of the moment. We didn’t rise nah, we reach!

  56. Brian – Better that than admitting you live in the same country as JW.

  57. At this rate, I will have to start telling people I am from Jamaica.

  58. Corruption Tourism. Interesting

  59. “Apparently you can just buy time on TV there to say whatever you like,” said Oliver, to raucous laughter from his audience. The funniest part about Oliver’s claim, sadly, is that it is true.

    Laughin we to scorn, but we just can’t enough eh. . .

  60. Yeah the Integrity Commission said not only is it finish with the Emailgate investigation, it’s also finished being an Integrity Commission!

  61. The gloves might be on or off but it seems like the mittens are definitely on. My longtime favourite comedian vs …….Jackiepakie Yao.

  62. …particularly when Mr. Warner is doing such a good job of denigrating himself and needs no assistance from anyone else to do so 😉

  63. IS THE EMAIL GATE MATTER FINISHED? What about the part of the Justice Department letter that speaks about a CD that “can be used for investigation and prosecution of those others”with genuine email addresses? Is one the prosecutors in the JW case the same cut and paste of “PRISONGATE who is also reported to have received lots of large briefs. Prisongete finish too? There is so much happening , I am having trouble keeping up and may missed some news reports.

  64. Not only Jack. Rambachan saying they have a “clean? Govt. Well anything will be clean if it has been “laundered” several times. Even FIFA can take lessons from them

  65. this sort of tabloid journalism is not welcomed ,he should not be allowed to denigrate mr warner

  66. Lasana I’d just like to add that this entire episode highlights the difficulty in separating sport from politics or most things even. It’s all geopolitics baby :-)!

  67. I have to come good Vernal Damion Cadogan. Jack satirizing himself these days to put me out of business!

  68. If you doh laff, you reel cry. Lasana, excellent take on it all.

  69. Well I was wondering if no one else noticed the svelte look. I guess he has to match the house

  70. Imagine TV6 actually sold John Oliver airtime to lampoon TV6 selling airtime to Jack Warner so that he could promise to reveal his former cabinet colleagues’ connection to the FIFA scandal.

  71. “Warner was so corrupt that even FIFA felt he was making them look bad; and the People’s Partnership made him National Security Minister and acting Prime Minister.”…What more can you say about that??

  72. Lasana how yuh making out soldier?
    It looking like the absurdity that os Trinidad will soon render the genre of satire obsolete.

  73. Did you say Caitlyn versus Roodal? Not this hour Lasana Liburd! LOL

  74. Ting to cry you makin people laugh? To quote the man, allyuh real good, yes!

  75. Hannibal Najjar

    Hey, tell, whomever that is working around and about this Heidi Klum’s photo, that he needs shin guards and much more armory to get past the expected attacking lineup and strategy that would be coming! This is a stunning photo but not for the expected battles that lie ahead.

  76. “Let me repeat: Warner was so corrupt that even FIFA felt he was making them look bad; and the People’s Partnership made him National Security Minister and acting Prime Minister.”
    I still did not get that and never will…how could they have been that stupid? But then I remember…criminals are stupid…and they just happen to believe everyone else is as stupid as they are….or maybe they were just desperate for money….by any means necessary…the stupidity continues at the expense of the population…..
    But…tick…tick…tick…their time is coming to an end….8 more days…and a few hours…this nightmare is ending…God-willing!

    • Hannibal Najjar

      Jack himself should have not vied for any front-line positions – many thought of, discussed, and wrote about this also. We could have easily have acted in the expected fiduciary manner on behalf of our nation and national security – that is one of the warranties we expect in the products and services responsible leadership.