HuffPost‘s Patrick Waldo has the videotape from a “rare public appearance” Ben Karlin made in New York. Karlin is the eight-time emmy award winning EP of The Daily Show. Karlin also co-created The Colbert Report. He left Comedy Central in December.
Waldo: “Karlin reflects on the worst part of his Daily Show experiences — interacting with actual journalists. He blasts the on-camera media types who praised the work of The Daily Show while still regurgitating mindless news, calling their choices ‘a prison of their own construction’. Karlin also dismisses the assertion that some viewers only get their news from The Daily Show, saying viewers would be very confused if they tuned in with no background of the show’s topics. Instead, Karlin insists that The Daily Show ‘lives as a reaction to something’, and shouldn’t be used as a primary news source.”