"If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece. So, that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece."
That's how Jon Stewart introduced Jason Jones' Thursday segment on the Washington Redskins, a package that had attracted some controversy before it even aired.
In a Sept. 19 Washington Post article, the Redskins fans who appear in the segment with Jones reported feeling ambushed, endangered and defamed. Jones and his "Daily Show" producers interviewed the group of die hard fans, then brought them face-to-face with a group of Native Americans activists who fiercely oppose the team's name and logo.
The segment also featured an interview with team owner Daniel Snyder, who reiterated his stance that the name Redskins isn't offensive. "The name of our team is the name of our team," he told Jones. "It represents honor, it represents pride, it represents respect."
Unfortunately for Snyder, Jones' Native American panel dispensed with that argument by explaining that "redskins" was originally a term for a bounty. "It meant proof of Indian kill," one panelist explained.
"Well, when you put it like that it sounds terrible," Jones admitted. But when he brought the two sides together, things got even more tense.
"The Daily Show" airs Monday-Thursday at 11:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.