The Colbert Bump in Campaign Donations: More Truthful than Truthy

  title={The Colbert Bump in Campaign Donations: More Truthful than Truthy},
  author={James H. Fowler},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={533 - 539}
  • J. Fowler
  • Published 18 June 2008
  • Art
  • PS: Political Science & Politics
Stephen Colbert hosts a comedy television program called The Colbert Report (the t at the end is silent—both of them!) in which he parodies personality-based news shows like The O'Reilly Factor that have become popular during the last 10 years. In an effort to make fun of these (usually conservative) personalities who engage in non-stop self-promotion, Colbert frequently trades outlandish claims for laughs. Among these is the claim that anyone who comes on the Report receives the “Colbert bump… 

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