The following is the email response we received from Tucson Unified School District school board member Michael Hicks regarding his appearance with Al Madrigal on last night's The Daily Show, which covered the recent controversy surrounding the ban on Mexican American Studies in Tucson:
With all due respect, the Daily Show is a money making satirical show. It is not a news show. They do not present the complete remarks of their guests. They slice and dice footage to serve their need to entertain.
I went on this show to talk about the Mexican American Studies (MAS) classes. I was mislead by the "reporter" and was told that they were interested in a real interview. It was nothing of the sort.
It is unfortunate that the Daily Show opted to amuse rather than inform.
And for the record, you can see where they spliced my comments in several areas during this segment. I can assure you that my statements were taken out of context Many of my answers were altered to suit their agenda.
What I find more troubling is that there are those who will believe that what they saw on the Daily Show is accurate and complete news.
These individuals will then most likely base their judgments on inaccurate information designed specifically to support the view of Daily Show producers.
Real children were being exploited, and the producers of the Daily Show chose to ignore that.