Yesterday, Clint and I were wondering aloud whether CNN might dress its campaign reporter like a local, in typical Long Island-wear, in order to better cover the final presidential debate on location at Hofstra University. CNN has, after all, done this sort of method reporting before (Ali Velshi in a ten gallon hat down at the Texas primary).

I didn’t notice any high hair (or, higher than usual) on the CNN crew yesterday or anything resembling such a costume change. But the Daily Show’s senior presidential debate analyst, John Oliver, filed his post-debate report last night sporting a velour track suit unzipped to showcase his undershirt and gold necklace (there were several large rings as well). And he attempted to swap his native accent, Brit, for something like Buttafuoco…


Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.