Friday, January 13, 2006

Steven Colbert steamed at the AP

I don’t usually watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and I have never watched the Colbert Report, but I saw something today on Yahoo that is pretty funny. It seems that Steven Colbert is calling for a jihad against the Associated Press (AP). Colbert has taken credit for making up the word truthiness and the American Dialect Society named truthiness the word of the year. The AP did a story on this and never gave credit to Colbert for the word and Colbert is steamed. Colbert placed the AP at the top of his list as the “No. 1 threat facing America.” No.2 of course was bears.

What does truthiness mean? Colbert defined it as truth that wouldn’t be held back by the facts. The Oxford English Dictionary has a definition for truthy dating back into the 1800s. So the AP said that Colbert is not the originator. Colbert says that the AP doesn’t get the concept of truthiness, “You don’t look up truthiness in a book, you look it up in your gut.” Brilliant. Maybe I should check this Colbert report out more often.

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