Stephen Colbert Speaks Truthiness

Truthiness is the quality by which a person purports to know something emotionally or instinctively, without regard to evidence or to what the person might conclude from intellectual examination. Stephen Colbert coined this definition of the word during the first episode (October 17, 2005) of his satirical television program The Colbert Report, as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd."

Stephen Colbert on 60 Minutes:

Colbert defines his no-nonsense philosophy with a single word: "truthiness." "Truthiness. Now I'm sure some of the word police — the wordinistas — over at Webster’s are going to say, 'Hey, that’s not a word.' Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries. Or reference books. They’re elitist," Colbert jokes.

Asked to define "truthiness," Colbert tells Safer, "Truthiness is what you want the facts to be as opposed to what the facts are. What feels like the right answer as opposed to what reality will support."

[Watch the QuickTime video at "Crooks and Liars"]

Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal becomes one of the epitomes of satire. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was an American humorist and satirist.

Stephen Colbert…well he’s “balls-alicious” according to Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show". Colbert's lampooning of the president and the press at Saturday night's White House Correspondents dinner had generated a lot of noise in the interweb.

[UPDATE: Watch the Ballsalicious video in QuickTime here.]

For that boldness, I thank you, sir.

Thanks him at "Thank You Stephen Colbert" and watch the YouTube videos:

[UPDATE: YouTube removed them on Wednesday at the request of C-SPAN, which said the airing of the video violated its copyright. Download the torrent from mininova.]

IFILM videos:

Here’s part of the transcript from Daily Kos:

By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail. Mark Smith, ladies and gentlemen of the press corps, Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate this president. We're not so different, he and I. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book.

Brilliant!

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