Slapped by "The Daily Show"
"The Daily Show"'s Jason Jones skewered Cleveland TV investigative reporter Carl Monday over a recent six-part series -- six parts! -- concerning a kid who masturbated while looking at computer porn at a public library (at the Comedy Central site, click on the "Rubbing Out Crime" videos).
The piece isn't as funny as it is sweet justice -- and a warranted bitch slap at TV news' penchant for ambushing, and beating up on, the sad and pathetic. Is there something wrong with someone yanking it in a public place? You betcha. Was the incident worth a story and five followups? Is this extent of public humiliation really that fun or rewarding for a TV reporter? Are there not more pressing investigative stories to be told in the naked city? Is Carl Monday as much a tool as he appears?
Raw footage of Jones haranguing Monday, however, is a bit like watching sausage being made. Jones is a complete smirking asshole. The only saving grace, as far as I can make out, is that it's karmic payback