THE NEWSINESS MOMENT
2. Colbert coins Truthiness
During the first episode of “The Colbert Report,’’ in October 2005, Stephen Colbert coined “truthiness’’ and gave the decade one of its most defining words. Colbert was alluding to the way cable-news bloviators and political figures have gotten used to making big, passionate statements whether or not the data supports them. They assert truth based on gut instinct rather than on fact or logic. The word, so ironic and critical, eventually made it into dictionaries.
Pictured: Stephen Colbert at his anchor desk in "The Colbert Report."