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Stephen Colbert Does Not Intend This to Be a Factual Statement

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Stephen Colbert, as you probably know, is the guy who invented “truthiness.” So when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl made the statement that “over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does” is abortions (it’s actually about 3%)—and then his office backtracked by saying that his statement “was not intended to be a factual statement”—well, it was pretty much like taking a grapefruit and tossing it underhand over the plate to A-Rod.

On The Report last night, Colbert was beside himself in admiration for this “amazingly liberating defense” (see above). The resulting riff (and a follow-up on a Fox and Friends claim that you can get pap smears at Walgreen’s) led Colbert to a rare moment of breaking character and cracking up.

The joke continues on Colbert’s Twitter feed, where he has been periodically tweeting non-facts about Kyl, including “Jon Kyl calls the underside of his Senate seat: ‘The Booger Graveyard'” and “Jon Kyl once ate a badger he hit with his car.” Enjoy them while they last!