Since the battle over the word “truthiness” is between Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and the Associated Press, I thought it might be fitting to useas the basis for this entry:
The world’s oldest news organization, Colbert says, is the “No. 1 threat facing America.”
In October, on Colbert’s debut episode of the “Daily Show” spinoff, the comedian defined “truthiness” as truth that wouldn’t stand to be held back by facts. The word caught on, and last week the American Dialect Society named “truthiness” the word of the year.
When an AP story about the designation sent coast to coast failed to mention Colbert, he began a tongue-in-cheek crusade, not unlike the kind his muse Bill O’Reilly might lead in all seriousness.
“It’s a sin of omission, is what it is,” Colbert told The AP on Thursday. “You’re not giving people the whole story about truthiness.”
“It’s like Shakespeare still being alive and not asking him what `Hamlet’ is about,” he said.
There is a lot of political “truthiness” out there which is not covered (or adequately covered) by the mainstream media. In many political cases, Shakespeare is still alive but there aren’t many people consulting with Hamlet. It will be interesting to see if Colbert avoids sins of omission pertaining to political third parties on his program. Remotely similar to Colbert, most independents and third-party supporters feel that mainstream news organizations are one of the major threats facing America.