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'The Daily Show' Comes to Coralville
CORALVILLE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- After months of being in the real news headlines, a little bit of fake news is welcome in Coralville.
It was unlike any council meeting Ive been associated with in my ten years, put it that way, said Coralville mayor John Lundell.
The Daily Show with John Stewart came to town focusing on this past November's election, and the Koch brothers' group American's For Prosperity. The group was critical of the council over the city's debt issues. The skit filmed on Tuesday mocked the group's attempted influence.
Just kind of a parity of this guy that comes to a small town council meeting and tries to coerce us into seeing his perspective, Lundell said.
Video courtesy of CoralVision shows the Daily Show takeover of a mock city council meeting. Councilman Bill Hoeft was in the middle of it all.
At one point he was right on the other side of the desk and he'd pop up and say this goofy line in this funny way, Hoeft said.
The Daily Show invasion continued Wednesday morning, as daily show correspondent Jason Jones went one on one with Mayor John Lundell.
They prepped me a little bit, the said regardless of how silly he may be on his side of the camera, I should maintain my serious demeanor, Lundell said.
Hilarity and Hijinks aside, the council says there is a lesson to be learned here. Even as the cameras and televisions are turned off they hope the message sticks.
This national group came in and they we're beaten by a bunch of small town folks from Iowa, Hoeft said.
In the end, it's honesty and integrity that wins over falsehoods and money, Lundell added.
The episode featuring the Coralville city council is expected to air this month.