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Stephen Colbert claims 'Post-Truth' is just a rip-off of his "Truthiness"

by Stephanie Brown

As Geoffrey Baym (2010) has argued, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and newer entrants into late-night’s satiric news game like Samantha Bee and John Oliver use the tools of televisual postmodern aesthetics –irony, montage, parody, and deconstruction—to expose the ways in which politicians and news media often construct false or misleading realities. However, this exposure in fact indicates an underlying modernist ideology and belief in rational discourse, logic, and objective reality. Rather than induce a sense of cynicism that all reality is constructed, as many critics fear is a risk of political satire, I would argue these shows tend to become, in some senses, their own version of authoritative truth.

Stephen Colbert addresses "Post-Truth" Addition to Dictionary

Clip from 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in which the host takes credit for Merriam-Dictionary's selection of "post-truth" as word of the year for 2016.

from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2016)
Creator: CBS
Distributor: CBS
Posted by Stephanie Brown