A bit of background knowledge is necessary in order to understand the type of show that The Colbert Report is. At a glance, the show appears to be like any other talk show: a well-groomed host, a very modern set, a big desk, and a studio audience to clap and laugh at the jokes. However, Colbert begins his show with a very patriotic introduction involving a bald eagle, Colbert planting the American flag into the ground, a plethora of patriotic and strong willed terms flashing behind him, and of course, a very rock-n-roll theme song. As the show begins his audience chants his name over and over, “Stephen, Stephen, Stephen,” and although Colbert acts as if he wants them to quiet down, it is apparent he loves every minute of it. He generally has two 5-8 minute segments that cover topics in the political world, foreign affairs, or sometimes pop culture. He offers his opinions and thoughts on the various situations often with thick sarcasm that can easily be interprete...
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...tering to them. Colbert sums up his way of presenting the news in a simple quote, “The 'truthiness' is, anyone can read the news to you. I promise to feel the news...at you.”
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