*There’s an Internet movement afoot to get Comedy Central’s satirical conservative Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial next month to counter Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” gathering.
The event has been dubbed “Restoring Truthiness” and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party’s rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own “Colbert Nation.”
The post gained traction and now has its own website and Facebook group with over 8,000 members. Aside from being a satire of Beck’s rally, the petition claims the rally is necessary because, “Recently our nation has suffered a truthiness drain.”
- Truthiness, a word straight from the mind of Colbert, is a “truth” that a person claims to know intuitively “from the gut” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination or facts. Colbert first spoke it as the subject of a “Colbert Report” segment called “The Wørd,” applying it particularly to U.S. President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The colbertrally.com website gives a history of the newly founded movement, with links to news stories and a poster for the rally, which proposes the date “10/10/10.” The website also states: “Restoring Truthiness is a true grassroots movement propelled by YOU, the citizens of the internetz. Our goal is simple: Petition Stephen Colbert to hold a Restoring Truthiness Rally for the American people.”
Colbert is on vacation, but returns to host “The Colbert Report” next week.
Those interested in furthering the movement have been asked to join the Facebook group, spread the word, or email [email protected] for more information.