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The Daily Show uncomfortably, hilariously, solves the Redskins' name problem

Jon Stewart started out Thursday night's Daily Show report on the Washington Redskins by noting that some of the participants in correspondent Jason Jones' piece "didn't enjoy the experience," something that happens "a lot less than you'd think." He didn't say which participants, but it's pretty clear that the Redskins fans are more uncomfortable on camera than the panel of Native American activists Jones speaks with.

Along with the Native Americans and the Redskins apologists, Jones interviews Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and some fans at a tailgate. Jones brings his own special, hilarious brand of awkward to the interviews — "just because I'm uncomfortable doesn't mean you have to make fun of my uncomfortableness," he told the Native Americans at one point — but the real discomfort is when the Redskins fans meet the activists for a discussion. In the end, though, Jones gets the Redskins fans to acknowledge that they'll give their undying support to Washington's pro football team, regardless of its name.

Problem solved. And it's a nice reminder that the NFL's image problems didn't begin with mishandled domestic violence cases. --Peter Weber