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November 12, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Stephen Colbert on Post-modernism, Relativism, and Truthiness

STEPHEN COLBERT: What?! Where’d that college intern go??
CHARLIE SKINNER: There never was any intern, Stephen! I did it to prove a point! That as journalists, we are the gatekeepers of truth! We separate right from wrong, fact from fiction, delicates from permanent press! I recall a man who said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That man was Spider-Man’s uncle. And now… he’s dead! The public needs us to be the watchdogs of democracy. We have a responsibility to criticize our leaders without reproach, report national secrets without fear of imprisonment. If we violate this contract, this public trust….
STEPHEN COLBERT: How much longer does this go?
CHARLIE SKINNER: Almost done. Then we will have a puppet press of hearsay and innuendo and speculation, hyperbole, and nonsense! Ding dong! Who is it? It’s Domino’s. But more importantly, it’s the truth!! (wild audience laughter and applause) Delivered hot and crusty! Or your money back! That’s a guarantee we make America every night, otherwise the world is just crazy bread.
STEPHEN COLBERT: Technically, crazy bread is Little Caesar’s.
CHARLIE SKINNER: It’s called poetic license, goddamnit!
STEPHEN COLBERT: You’re right, The Newsroom’s Charlie Skinner. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s something I have to do.

Link to the Video Here

The transcript is from the Daily Kos–if you want to cut it. Obviously its available here too–but its the full transcript.

This would only work as an argument in a very few cases, I think. Perhaps I’m wrong.

To me it parallels the Sokal Affair or Sokal Hoax a bit….(link here)



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