"I have one job and it's a pretty simple job," Stewart said on his show Thursday night. "I come in the morning and we look at the news, and I write jokes about it."
"But I didn't do my job today. So I apologize. I got nothing for you ... because of what happened in South Carolina."
JON STEWART: I honestly have nothing other than just sadness, once again, that 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, yet we pretend doesn’t exist...
They're already using the nuanced language of lack of effort for this. 'This is a terrorist attack.'
It is a violent attack against the Emmanuel Church in South Carolina, which is a symbol for the black community. It has stood in that part of Charleston for 100 years and has been attacked viciously many times. And to pretend that -- I heard someone on the news say that "tragedy has visited this church." No, this was a racist, this was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater.
I hate to even use this pun, this one is black and white. There is no nuance here...
People were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them who wanted to start some kind of civil war. The confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for 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. That's the thing, al Qaeda, ISIS, all those guys, they're not shit compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis.