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Jon Stewart Does Joke-Free Daily Show After Charleston Shooting

Submitted by on June 19, 2015 – 11:46 amNo Comment

On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart began by “apologizing” for not doing his job of writing jokes about the news. Stewart then spoke somberly for several minutes about the shooting in at a historical black church in South Carolina this week, which left nine dead at the hands of a white supremacist.

In his comments, Stewart focused mainly on “culture,” and the legacy of racism and the Civil War.

“Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them, who wanted to start some sort of civil war. The confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named after confederate generals and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him. We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the thing. Al-Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not [expletive] compared to the damage that we can do to ourselves on a regular basis.”

Stewart then segued directly to his interview with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai, which took up the rest of the episode.

This isn’t the first time Stewart has gone serious on the show. His monologue on the first episode following the Sept. 11 attacks has become a classic of post-9/11 media, and he famously conducted a panel discussion with 9/11 first responders after Congress rejected aid to them.

Rough stuff. Let’s go back to a more innocent time — Tuesday — when Stewart was thanking the comedy gods for the “gift from heaven” of official presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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