In his new book, “Trust Me, I’m Lying,” Ryan Holiday asks, “Did Carmon really send repeated requests for comment to The Daily Show? …Who did she contact? Did she provide time for them to respond? Or is it much more likely that she gave the show a cursory heads-up minutes before publication?” The answers: Yes; their PR person, whom I’d worked with in the past; yes; nope, they were contacted a full week before the story ran. If anyone is actually interested in this, you can read the full exchange, my follow-up, and the Daily Show’s refusal to comment below.
On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Irin Carmon wrote:
We worked together back when I was at Women’s Wear Daily and profiled Adam Chodikoff. I’m now a reporter at Jezebel.com, a women’s site with a readership of nearly 2 million. I’m writing because I’m working on a piece about women on the Daily Show, both on the air and behind the scenes, pegged to Olivia Munn’s tryout. I’ve been speaking to former correspondents and producers about their experiences, and wanted to see if there was someone official who could discuss this topic — perhaps a producer, or one of the women writers, or even Jon himself if he is so inclined. Basically, the piece asks why there have been so few women correspondents on the show (which, as you know, I’m a big fan of) within the context of the general climate for women in late night comedy — something we’ve covered several times in the past. We are planning on running this story in the next couple of days, so I do hope we can get your input on this.
thanks so much in advance,
From: Irin Carmon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:19 PM
To: Luczak, Renata
Subject: Re: upcoming story about women on The Daily Show
Just wanted to follow up and make sure you’d seen this. We are planning on running this piece fairly soon so wanted to make sure you guys had the chance to comment.
From: Luczak, Renata
Date: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM
Subject: RE: upcoming story about women on The Daily Show
To: Irin Carmon <email@example.com>
Hi Irin. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate this request. Thanks for thinking of us though.