Stephen Colbert opened Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show by offering his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the terror attack in Turkey on Tuesday that left 41 dead at the Istanbul airport.
“It is heartbreaking to see this happen over and over again,” Colbert said, before turning focus to media coverage of the attack, which included surveillance video of one of the attackers setting off a bomb inside the airport.
“And as just an aside, I would like to say something to all the news organizations out there. Is it really necessary to show us photographs or rolling video of a terrorist exploding?” Colbert said of the clip. “That really seems like advertising for someone’s cause in a way they like. I don’t think we need to see that.” The Late Show crowd cheered in response.
Colbert has been vocal in recent weeks about politics, notably supporting the Democrats’ House sit-in for gun control and slamming Congress for its inaction in the wake of the Orlando, Florida mass shooting that left 49 dead.
“Hey Senate, my dog accomplished more than you this week when it rolled over and licked its nuts,” Colbert joked earlier this month. “You guys think a terrorist watch list is when you put Homeland in your Netflix queue. You might as well ask the gun lobby to check for a hernia as long as they’ve got your balls in their hands… Senate, you accomplish so little that Kylie Jenner wants to know what the hell you do for a living.”
Watch video of Colbert talking about the Istanbul attack below.