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Stephen Colbert is a writer and actor. In his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" (pronounced cole-BEAR re-POR) he satirizes conservative political pundits like Bill O'Reilly. He plays the role of a right-wing extremist to express his opinion on conservative ideals. Colbert is also a Sunday school teacher.

Colbert coined the word "truthiness" to refer to the quality possessed by statements which, though factually false, are repeated by supporters who feel in their hearts that they ought to be true, and regard it as quibbling to object to their falsehood.

Colbert has poked fun at Wikipedia and its apparent democratization of truth; he has coined the word "Wikiality" (as opposed to "reality,") and caused trouble for Wikipedia by suggesting that his listeners alter articles. In August of 2006, he encouraged users to state that the population of African elephants had tripled in the last decade. Colbert's point was that if enough people believe something, it becomes "the truth." Wikipedia responded quickly by reverting and protecting pages.