Everyone keeps asking why I would agree to be interviewed by "The Daily Show," knowing well the program's poor reputation for journalistic integrity. I'll tell you why. Take a look at the written assurance the show's producers sent me before I agreed to anything.
From: [redacted] [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:13 PM
To: Andrew Schiff
Subject: RE: FW: The Daily Show
We NEVER edit out of context. Meaning we never ever show responses to a question we never asked. For starters it LOOKS BAD! But in all seriousness it's not our prerogative to attack our interview subjects & slander them (unless they say really horrible, awful, racist things... but last I checked Peter doesn't say such things!).
The general idea is to pretend this is a real news interview & correct our correspondent when he/she asks goofy questions. Our questions usually come from misunderstanding the other side's arguments, for example. We want our interview subject to play the straight guy & that way they look normal & we look like the fool.
In this case Samantha Bee is our correspondent. She'll take things she heard at these fast food strikes & report them back to Peter. Peter tells Sam why she may be mistaken, or what the strikers aren't taking into account, etc. That's the general idea. And we'll go over all of this before we start up the cameras next week. (Peter & Jena can also discuss these concerns over the phone tomorrow.)
But rest assured-- NOTHING will be edited out of context.
If you guys have any other questions or concerns don't hesitate to bring them up!
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