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As Baltimore protested, mainstream press partied. Jon Stewart had something to say about that.

"To be clear, a guy on CNN just said, 'Hey, if people are looking for news, I'm sure they can find it somewhere.'"

As Baltimore protested, mainstream press partied. Jon Stewart had something to say about that.

News media, celebrities, politicians, and their friends gathered on Saturday in Washington, D.C., for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

It's an occasion for press and pals to hang out with the people they're covering in a big ol' event where the president tells some jokes (with varying degrees of success), and everyone pokes fun of Washington's insider culture.

Saturday also happened to be a day when the city of Baltimore protested in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.

Generally speaking, anytime the local baseball team feels that it's necessary to lock fans in their stadium because of civil unrest outside, that's an occasion where a news organization might want to have a camera or two in the area.


Jon Stewart took a look at how news organizations handled covering both events, and it was both hilarious and depressing.

Starting with an overview of the situation, Stewart goes into some of the more ridiculous attempts to balance coverage, which included a CNN panelist basically telling viewers interested in learning about Baltimore to go look it up on their own.

When the panel finally does talk about what's going on in Baltimore, even acknowledging that "this is what people are talking about," they cut back to red carpet coverage just moments later.

One panelist (on the right side of the image here) basically told people to look Baltimore up if it was that important to them.


The disconnect between the two stories is even bigger considering how close Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are.

It's kind of strange to have some of the country's best journalists at a party just 40 miles away from an uprising, right?

I mean.

While no one is doubting the entertainment value of the WHCD, the decision to largely ignore the protests was bizarre.

WHCD host Cecily Strong even joked about the fact that police who kill unarmed black men seem to get away with it on a regular basis. You can watch her full monologue on C-SPAN.

The whole thing is kind of messed up, right?

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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