As it turns out, that fawning defense of The Daily Show by its women employees illustrates exactly what’s wrong with the show’s hiring practices. They write:
Jon’s not just a guy in a suit reading a prompter. His voice and vision shape every aspect of the show from concept to execution. The idea that he would risk compromising his show’s quality by hiring or firing someone based on anything but ability, or by booking guests based on anything but subject matter, is simply ludicrous.
You see, The Daily Show hires only the best comedians; it books only the best guests. And if the best of the best are reliably, overwhelmingly male? Well: Perhaps men are just better than women.
But first, a quick recap of Jezebel reporter Irin Carmon’s findings on the show’s gender disparities: In the past seven years, only one woman, Olivia Munn, has been considered an able enough comedian to be hired as an on-air correspondent on The Daily Show (and she’s still in try-out mode). Past employees have reported a boys’ club mentality in hiring and firing. And this year alone, the show’s roster of guests has featured 63 men, but only 13 women.
This is really not a shocker. Vile Progs rarely live up to the high standards they demand of others. They talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk. When it comes to sexism, the Democratic party is still a boys club.
I don’t watch The Daily Show except on the rare occasions that an interesting clip makes it into the news. But off the top of my head I can only think of one female cast member – Samantha Bee. It’s not just numbers. Of the women who are employed by the show, how many are on-air talent, writers, producers, etc, and how many get paid to answer phones and fetch coffee for the men?
BTW – That picture doesn’t show much racial diversity either, does it?
UPDATE: I just noticed the date on this story – it’s from 2010. But I’m guessing not much has changed. The link from Twitter was new: