A few days ago, I came across an amusing news item. Cable news teams had all rushed to Phoenix, Arizona to cover the impending verdict in the Jodi Arias murder trial which had inexplicably become a national obsession, when the sensational news from Cleveland about the dramatic rescue of the three kidnapped women and the child broke, and they found themselves having to cover both.
There was a segment in which CNN correspondent Ashleigh Banfield covering the Arias trial seemed to be interviewing, via satellite, Nancy Grace about the Cleveland case. But according to the Atlantic Wire, alert viewers noticed that the background for the two people involved the same moving vehicles and figured out that both were in the same parking lot just a few feet apart from each other. Apparently Banfield later interviewed other correspondents ‘via satellite’ in different parts of the same parking lot or who were just across the street.
The Daily Show does this kind of thing all the time, with its correspondents ‘on location’ all over the world when they are actually standing in front of backdrops in the same studio as Jon Stewart, just a few feet away, in front of the same audience. They often deliberately make blunders that reveal the pretense for comedic effect, so I knew that they would have fun at CNN’s expense with this and they did not disappoint.
(This clip was aired on May 8, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)