Monday night "The Daily Show with John Stewart" brought attention to Detroit's controversial water shutoffs during a satirical news bit.
"Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams interviewed Nolan Finley of the Detroit News; Detroit Water Brigade Creative Director Atpeace Makita, and attorney Alice Jennings.
According to the Detroit News, Finley was interviewed about three weeks ago.
Finley described how he approached the interview:
"I tried to present a complex issue as fairly as possible," he said. "They taped me for 90 minutes, looking for the 'gotcha' moment, and I'm pretty sure I probably provided it for them."
In the video, Finely's opinion strongly supports the idea that people should pay their bills and shouldn't be entitled to free water, an opinion the "Daily Show" unsurprisingly mocked.
Some tweeted their support for Finley:
@NolanFinleyDN Fighting the good fight -- hope you hydrated.
— jeff bennett (@jeffbennettwsj) November 18, 2014
In another tweet, Finley explains that during the initial taping he tried to avoid any further "gotcha" moments.
@jeffbennettwsj no way was i drinking water while the cameras were rolling. Kept offering it to me. 90 mins of talking and not a drop.
— Nolan Finley (@NolanFinleyDN) November 18, 2014
Makita's segment was taped Oct. 23 at the Detroit Water Brigade Headquarters and a viewing party was held last night at Anchor Bar. You can view the full "Daily Show" interview below. (Go here if you don't see the video below.)
- Tifini Kamara, Michigan Radio Newsroom