Many people look to Jon Stewart the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central to soften the blow on a major news story. Last night however he was in no mood for laughter or satire, he was angry and it was very clear what his message was.
He was quick with his response to the mass shooting in a South Carolina church, predicting that nothing would be done in the wake of a “terrorist attack” that left nine people dead.
In a somber opening to a show he promised would contain no jokes, Stewart said some people were already working hard to discount the idea that racism was the motive behind the massacre.
He referenced Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, is currently in custody in Charleston.
Prior to introducing his guest – Nobel peace prize-winner Malala Yousafzai – Stewart told viewers: “I have nothing other than just sadness that once again we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal but we pretend doesn’t exist.
Here from The Daily Show is Stewart’s opening monologue.