"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" usually reserves political criticism for its half-hour broadcast, which makes it all the more unusual that 30 female staffers have posted an open letter on its Website defending the show from charges of sexism, reports the New York Times.
The missive was a response to criticism from Jezebel.com, a site that posts stories related to women and which had called the program "a boys’ club where women’s contributions are often ignored and dismissed.” The Jezebel article interviewed former employees of the program who described frustration from their stints there, the story says.
The letter from the female "Daily Show" staffers responded by telling "Dear People Who Don’t Work Here" that "we must admit it is entertaining to be the subjects of such a vivid and dramatic narrative. However, while rampant sexism at a well-respected show makes for a great story, we want to make something very clear: the place you may have read about is not our office.”
Kahane Cooperman, a “Daily Show” co-executive producer who signed the open letter, said the show’s female employees hadn’t at first planned to respond to the Jezebel story, but changed their strategy when other media outlets ran the Jezebel post without contacting the program for a response, the article says.