Today's newspaper had a story about "The Daily Show" doing a story on the city of Butte charging people to view the Berkely Pit (a huge open pit mine full of toxic water) as a tourist attraction.
One of the people interviewed is the planning director of Butte-Silver Bow City/County. Heck of a nice guy, by the way. He went along with the joke. Figured it was good (free) publicity for the project.
So, a Daily Show correspondent wants to interview you to lampoon something your city or county is doing, what would you do? Do the interview or decline the interview? If you do do it, would you play it straight or play along the the joke?
I was thinking about it. It is my favorite show, so I would be inclined to do it, unless the higher up absolutely forbid it. The hard decision is whether to play it straight. Sure, you want to seem hip, but sometimes the best "stories" are when the interviewed person is totally serious. Maybe I would be willing to be the designated "clueless" "straight man" for the betterment of the art.