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it's a good thing


i wasn't sure about the colbert report (both words given the french pronunciation) at first, figuring it was just an add-on to the overwhelming to the juggernaut that is the daily show. but stephen colbert's piss take on bill o'reilly and his loathsome ilk has really won me over. it's not merely that his "character" is funny (which it is), or that the show is finding ways to outpace it's admirable parent (which it does), but the fact that it is so proudly brainy that endears the report to me. i mean, when was the last time you saw a television show reference william carlos williams and lars von trier? they don't even care who they're alienating and for that, i love them.

the cultish aspects of the show, built through regularly occuring segments and gags are already finding their way into my psyche. i've started putting people "on notice" in recent days.

so tune in, relax and enjoy the truthiness...

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Lone Ranger said…
As boring as I find Stephen Colbert's mugging to be, his introduction of the world "truthiness" to the American culture is worthy of our highest award. We finally have a single word to describe liberals. Want to deny that Republicans founded the NAACP and Democrats founded the KKK? Truthiness to the rescue! And suddenly, despite their opposition to ever civil rights bill that has ever been passed, the former slave party becomes the party of the underdog. Brilliant!

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