PolitiFact fact-checks ‘The Colbert Report’

Following Stephen Colbert’s interview with Bill Adair, editor of the Pulitzer prize-winning PolitiFact, I’m delighted to report that PolitiFact continues to use its powers for good: Monday night’s episode of The Colbert Report has been subjected to the fact-checking superstars over at PolitiFact (internal links omitted).

We bring truthiness to ‘The Colbert Report’
By Amy Hollyfield
Published on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

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To get a taste of the Truth-O-Meter, the Colbert producers asked us to fact-check a few claims from Monday’s show. Bill didn’t get a chance to discuss them on the show, but you can find them on our home page. We checked:

  • Jeffrey Toobin’s claim that a filibuster has not been used successfully against a Supreme Court justice.
  • A claim from Julian Assange that the WikiLeaks video shows the soldiers were given authority to fire before “RPGs” were mentioned.
  • Colbert’s claim that John Paul Stevens is the last Protestant on the Supreme Court.
  • . . .

    Check to see who scored the only “True” on the Truth-o-meter here

    Suffice it to say that I was tickled by the outcome.

    You can also read Adair’s recap of his visit with Stephen here. Re-watch the segment below, and enjoy!

    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
    Sunday Morning Fact-Checking – Jake Tapper & Bill Adair
    Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News


    1. lockhart43 says:

      It’s cool that the producers offered Monday’s show up for a fact-check. Though I like to think that TCR has its own fact-checking machine: Stephen. He’s usually the one that calls the guests out on their own BS. Which I love. :)

    2. Mr. Arkadin says:

      I’m glad TCR had PolitiFact look into Toobin’s statement. I thought I had hear Rachel Maddow say that Fortas was filibustered in the late 60’s. PolitiFact did a great, through job looking into this & I found it very informative. Thanks Ms. I!

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