Jon Stewart Shines the 'Unforced Error Spotlight' on Donald Sterling and Karl Rove

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It turns out that just one new Daily Show segment wasn't enough to cover Donald Sterling's "I'm sorry for being racist, but here are some more racist things I have to say" CNN interview. So Jon Stewart brought out another last night: "OK, You Go Bye Now."

"It was just night one of the mini-series of knuckle-headedness that is Anderson Cooper's Donald Sterling interview," Stewart said.

How did Sterling "top" blaming his girlfriend for his racist comments, and going after Magic Johnson? First by prefacing a statement "I don't know if I should say this," and then trying to make a point about Johnson's morality "when he had those AIDS." 

"Technically Magic Johnson has those HIV, not 'those AIDS,'" Stewart said. "Jesus Christ, am I seriously fact-checking an 80-year-old billionaire lunatic?"

But that's not all. "Donald Sterling has gone on Anderson Cooper's show ostensibly to apologize for being racist. And this is the beauty of this man Donald Sterling: he closes his apology with really textbook, categorical, old-fashioned racism," Stewart said.

Here's what Sterling said: "That's one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African Americans – maybe I'll get in trouble again – they don't want to help anybody."

"Maybe? Maybe you'll get in trouble again?" Stewart said.

But when Stewart finished with Sterling, there was, of course, someone else to take "Sterling's place in the unforced error spotlight." That someone would be Karl Rove, here with Hillary Clinton blood clot trutherism, and what Stewart calls "brainghazi."

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