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2012-08-09 00:29:59

A picture inflates the perceived truth of true and false claims Trusting research over their guts, scientists in New Zealand and Canada examined the phenomenon Stephen Colbert, comedian and news satirist, calls "truthiness"–the feeling that something is true. In four different experiments they discovered that people believe claims are true, regardless of whether they actually are true, when a decorative photograph appears alongside the claim. The work is published online in the...

2010-09-17 10:08:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On last night's show, Colbert made a world-changing announcement that he will hold his "March To Keep Fear Alive" to oppose Jon Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" in Washington DC on Saturday, October 30 (location TBA). View it here: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/359382/september-16-2010/march-to-keep-fear-alive The following declaration can be found on www.keepfearalive.com: "America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man,...

2010-04-20 08:45:00

NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- COMEDY CENTRAL has reached individual agreements with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to extend the contracts of the hosts of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report," it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, COMEDY CENTRAL. Stewart's contract extension with COMEDY CENTRAL will keep him at the helm of "The Daily Show" through June 2013. He...

2008-09-22 21:00:18

By Jeff Simon Let me tell you what was happening when this column began in TV Topics in the fall of 1978. The new fall shows included "Mary,"""W.E.B,""American Girls" and "Sword of Justice." "Saturday Night Live" was already in its third season. The worm was already eating the apple. Irony was poised to devour us all. What WAS that gunk, you might well ask now? Only one of those shows is important to remember -- Mary Tyler Moore's three-week variety show "Mary" because in her Carol...

2008-07-22 06:00:32

By Bruce Kluger In discussing the 2008 election last week, Jon Stewart cracked jokes about orphans, Viagra and prehistoric monsters. God, I love politics. As someone who moonlights as a satirist, I'm intrigued by the ever-merging traffic on the election news highway, as the campaign bus bumps along just ahead of the tailgating funny cars. This year especially, the laughter is welcome, from The Daily Show's smart and smirky antics to Stephen Colbert's spoofy "truthiness." And...

2008-04-19 05:18:30

With the intense competition between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, pundits have mused over whether Hillary Clinton's appearance on "The Colbert Report" last night will give the former First Lady a so-called "Colbert bump," a surge in popularity which the show's host claims will accrue to any politician that appears on the show. Stephen Colbert first coined the eponymous term on his show after John Hall won in a close election to become a representative...

2006-08-27 12:13:57

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Truthiness" and "Wikiality" -- two of the words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert on his TV show "The Colbert Report"-- were named on Sunday the top television buzzwords of the year. The word-trend group Global Language Monitor, in its annual survey of words from television that had an impact on the language, also cited the words "Katrina," referring to continuing stories about the hurricane's destruction; "Katie," a reference to Katie...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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