The not-entirely-unwitting victims of the Daily Show interview

NPR's On the Media covers the world of the fake news interview, the leading example of which in the United States is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Despite what you may think, the people interviewed by the likes of Ed Helms and Samantha Bee actually know that they're being interviewed by a fake news show and go along with it anyway.

But that doesn't mean that they know what's coming.

In a related story, MSNBC looks at what happens to some of those interviewees after the episode airs.

[Typos corrected 9:30am]

Comments (7)
  1. Jack Mathews says:

    It’s "Jon," not "John."

  2. Timo Frenay says:

    Also it’s "Samantha", not "Samatha".

  3. Charlie Williams says:

    Wow, he just can’t catch a break.

    Raymond, I’d like to point out all the words you did spell right. Bravo!

  4. cypherpunks says:

    Have you seen "The Ed Helms Report: College Recruiting Edition?" It’s hillarious! He tries to argue that MS is evil, interviewing people who on Microsoft’s campus who work there, and comes up with nothing.

    Classic moments:

    Ed says he first turned to his anonymous sources for information. Just after that, you see him going to Google and searching for "Microsoft evil" or something like that. ;)

    "You called it… the X-BOX?!?!?! …. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

    Ed goes around and steals a bunch of free drinks and junk food.

    Any chance that video will find its way onto Microsoft’s site? ;)

  5. Rufus Sarsaparilla says:

    Excellent articles — thanks for the links. I love the Daily Show, and that piece by Samantha Bee on bullying was brilliant.

  6. saraford says:

    We were cracking up at the "Rick James" segment from Hattiesburg, MS when it aired a few months ago. I’m not surprised he didn’t win the election. I figured not many (voting) people in the area watched the daily show.

    In my opinion, the funniest segment ever was Stephen Colbert’s "Storm Tracker Tracker.

  7. Robert Konigsberg says:

    A good friend of mine was interviewed by a Daily Show reporter. Friend asked what he was supposed to do — try to be funny? Reporter said, ‘just play it straight’, and the reporter did his schtick while my buddy played the straight man.

    Same friend was interviewed by a newspaper. Article was about being interviewed on the Daily Show. Another thing Friend said, which came from said article: the Daily Show doesn’t look to make idiots out of people they interview, so if someone comes off like a complete dolt, it might not be because of the Daily Show.

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