Some Libertarian Truthiness

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 use the AP wire as 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.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. I submit the term jackyderm from my last post for next year’s word.

    jackyderm (n)

    The result of the the symbolic union of the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant . The term is often used by libertarians to express their view that there is no quantitative difference between the two major US political parties.

  2. Stossel was on Colbert’s show a couple nights ago laying down some libertarian truthiness. I just caught the end of that segment. Colbert made some stupid pro federal government regulation argument because if the FAA were eliminated he contended planes would be crashing into each other all the time as the invisible hand would be unable to direct air traffic. Stossel smacked down Colbert’s falsiness fairly well.

  3. I also saw the show with Stossel and even though he said he was a libertarian he went on to say he agreed with the President’s NSA spying program.

    I don’t know many libertarians that think we should ignore the 4th Amendment.

  4. I don’t think he said he agreed with how the president spied without a warrant, I think it was that he thought the president had the authority to spy on terrorist suspects, I am assuming he would agree with us the President must obtain a warrant before doing so.