Colbert defines his no-nonsense philosophy with a single word: “truthiness.” “Truthiness. Now I’m sure some of the word police—the wordinistas—over at Webster’s are going to say, ‘Hey, that’s not a word.’ Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries. Or reference books. They’re elitist,” Colbert jokes.
Asked to define “truthiness,” Colbert tells Safer, “Truthiness is what you want the facts to be as opposed to what the facts are. What feels like the right answer as opposed to what reality will support.”