Stephen Colbert's 'not factual' hashtagging
April 12th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Stephen Colbert's 'not factual' hashtagging

It was a remark seemingly made for late-night TV comics: Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that abortion is "well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does."

When the actual figure turned out to be 3%, his office released a statement clarifying that Kyl's figure was "not intended to be a factual statement."

Watch Sen. Jon Kyl's statement about Planned Parenthood

Enter Stephen Colbert. The Comedy Central host lampooned the line on last night's show... but it turns out he was just getting started.

Colbert, tweeting as @StephenAtHome, began posting some not-so-factual statements about Kyl, beginning with "Jon Kyl is one of Gaddafi's sexy female ninja guards #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement." Since then, he's launched more than 30 such broadsides, all bearing that exculpatory hashtag, including:

  • Jon Kyl is an accomplished nude hula dancer. He is not welcome in Hawaii.
  • For the past 10 years, Jon Kyl has been two children in a very convincing Jon Kyl suit.
  • Jon Kyl cheated on Sandra Bullock.
  • Once a year, Jon Kyl retreats to the Arizona desert and deposits 2 million egg sacs under the sand.
  • Citing religious reasons, Jon Kyl refuses to utter the number 8.
  • Jon Kyl once ate a badger he hit with his car.
  • Carly Simon wrote that song about Jon Kyl.
  • Legally, Jon Kyl cannot be within 100 yards of Helen Mirren.
  • Jon Kyl has a shrine to Scooter from the Muppet Show.
  • Jon Kyl developed his own line of hair care products just so he could test them on bunnies.
  • Jon Kyl was sent from the future to kill Sarah Conner.
  • Naturally, Colbert's twitter followers quickly took up the meme, offering their own hitherto-unknown "facts" about the Arizona Republican.

    No response yet from Kyl's Twitter account. #staytuned...


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      September 14, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    4. Not Factual

      Yea – terrible. Check out: http://www.notintendedtobeafactualstatement.com

      April 17, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    5. NotFactual

      Yea, terrible. Check out: http://www.notintendedtobeafactualstatement.com

      April 17, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    6. Mark

      John Kyl is the artificially inseminated love child of Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

      April 16, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    7. Mark

      John Kyl was the Grassy Knoll Gunman.

      April 16, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    8. Jane Doe

      John Kyl takes candy from babies.
      John Kyl once attempted to outdo Ozzy Osborne by biting the head off of a live duck.
      John Kyl sneaks into furniture stores and removes the labels that say "This tag may not be removed under penalty of law except by the consumer" #notintendedtobeafactualstatemen

      April 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    9. DrJ

      I just went to Jon Kyl's website and sent him an e-mail asking him to clarify which statements on his website are 'intended to be factual statements' and which are 'not intended to be a factual statement'. I encourage you to do the same now that we know he is prone to either (that presumes of course everything he says is 'not intended to be a factual statement'.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    10. TomJx

      Jon Kyl tells the truth 90% of the time. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement (Actually, it's 3%.)

      April 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    11. carol

      It is sad that only the comedians in the country will point out Lies. If the new would do that we might not be in this mess. Of course, some newtells more lies than the politicans

      April 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    12. Ballgame

      Personally I find it a real problem that I need twelve permits from the gov't to put a deck on my roof but could pump out 13 kids w/o anybody's input. Sterilization by default for everybody and permits to have kids. Overpopulation solved. QED

      April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    13. Don't Tread On My Fetus

      When abortions are outlawed, only outlaws will have abortions....

      April 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    14. Frankie2145327

      The fact is that rich white democrats promote abortion for the purpose of controlling the black population. The proof is the NYC study showing the huge majority of abortions by African Americans. The fact is Colbert promotes abortion, is rich, and is white. I bet he has kids.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Dumpster Baby

        Q: What's the definition of confusion?

        A: Father's Day in Harlem.

        April 14, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Anita Hanjahb

        Stephen Colbert is a butt pirate and a fairy. He just wants a big ol meat stick in his pooper! Come on all u big boyz!! Let's rock this thang!!

        April 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Jen

        Please think of the long-term effects. If a poor woman who would be unable to support a child (without welfare programs, that is) has an abortion now, she can get an education, make money, and be able to support and raise a child well later on!
        That would be much better for the black population than a bunch of children who resulted from accidental pregnancies, whose mothers couldn't support them, growing up and resorting to crime, don't you think? Have you ever heard the Elvis song, "In the Ghetto"?

        April 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Coitus Interruptus

        Evidently you people never heard of pulling out... Or condoms... Or the pill...

        April 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    15. Frankie2145327

      The fact is that pp supporters(I call them depends) believe that abortion is their birth control. My source is CNN's other story with a picture of hundreds of people holding signs saying "don't take away my birth control". The fact is that abortions are done by unlicensed untrained persons in dirty unsafe back rooms of slaughtermills for the purpose of making someone rich. My proof for that is in the trial of the abortion clinic that's been in the news lately.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    16. Thenodrin

      If Republicans are so against tax money going to fund abortions, why is abortion one of the medical procedures that a person can write off on their taxes?

      Or, do they not really mean it? Maybe it is just noise made to fire up their base. Maybe it is, dare I say it, "not intended to be a factual statement."

      April 14, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    17. BlackHumor

      3% comes from Planned Parenthood's listing of all the services it gives. Only 3% of services Planned Parenthood gives are abortions.

      The caveat is that services aren't weighted, so coming in for 5 minutes to get condoms counts the same as a fairly involved medical procedure. Probably as a percentage of its budget abortions are at least 10%, though nobody knows exactly how much because PP doesn't release that information.

      Most relevant to this though, what Kyl claimed was "90% of what PP does is abortions", which would be measured in services, so he is clearly wrong.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    18. The Dude

      Jon Kyl peed on my rug. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    19. mejazzbo

      Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it. I wouldn't wish a presidential gig on anyone.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    20. 100% Eth

      He is dating Palin, wow!!!

      April 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    21. AlwaysBlazing420

      One time, John Kyl smoked more weed than me in a sitting.
      -Notintendedtobeafactualstatement

      April 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    22. 100% Eth

      I know Colbert well in School and on the streets. He is a street snowball player.

      Few years ago, I used his date of birth and his home address and I won a JACKPOTS. I don't minesharing with him by adding his and his families wealth Divided for three people, without adding mine.

      Beside this, I tempered his few Shoes with GPS tracking systems. Because, his Wife asked for it.

      Even in his eye Glasses...

      April 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    23. noJ lyK

      Who votes for a guy who can't even spell his name correctly.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    24. James

      Stephen Colbert is the most clever person ever. His political commentary is always on-point. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      One murdered baby is too many, much less 300,000. Especially when you take my money to pay for it. Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it, Colbert.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Dude

        James has a wonderful sense of humor. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

        April 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ballgame

        I'd rather my taxes pay for 10 abortions versus my taxes paying for a lifetime of government handouts to one unwanted kid.

        April 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    25. Adam B

      Woah! More coinkidinks. I wanna play with u boyz! Let's all get together and ride the train. I have a couple jig-a friends that will plaster your holes with massive man goo! It will be da bomb!! We can all pump each other and talk shop! Dat would be da bomb!!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    26. David

      Skip the bickering. I am a fruit too and want to slam u in da pooper too. Let's get over this wacky talk and get down to business!! We can just do some butt slamming and all will be well again.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    27. Thomas

      What a coincidence! I also wanna hook up with some dudes and have them bend me over the sofa and slam my poop chute with their disco stick!! Let's all get down and get bizzy. I wanna schlob your knob!!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    28. Live Free or F@#k Off

      Hey, I am also a fairy and a cornhole wrangler! Let's hook up truth and we can get bizzy!! I just want you to pound my pooper till I pass out. I know I be so loose that I can't keep my underwear clean for 5 minutes. I be walkin bowlegged for a week!! Let's get it on you poof!!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    29. truthinrock

      Wow! I am also a flamin butt pirate. I am always trollin for some gayboyz to partee with! I just finished up getting my pooper hammered by a jig-a-boo with a monster schlong. Now I be walking funny!! I love big ol dongs!!

      April 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    30. NuffSaid

      From Wikipedia...Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true.[Note 1][1] As a result, people gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way. The biases appear in particular for emotionally significant issues and for established beliefs.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    31. SheDevil

      In typical Republican style...if you don't like the facts, just make them up. Why conservatives refuse to use REAL FACTS is a mystery. Not that Democrats don't have issues of their own. They just have a better grasp on reality.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        "In typical Republican style...if you don't like the facts, just make them up. Why conservatives refuse to use REAL FACTS is a mystery"

        You mean like Climate-gate? Oh wait, that was Left-wing tree-huggers making up data to support their view. Sorry, my bad.

        April 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    32. ufx

      I would like to see some good doctor perform a very late term abortion on Stephen Colbert. I bet he would squeal when the ole doc snips his spine with an axe!

      April 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    33. Lyle Lanley

      Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
      Like a genuine,
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      Electrified,
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      What'd I say?
      Monorail!
      What's it called?
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      I hear those things are awfully loud...
      It glides as softly as a cloud.
      Is there a chance the track could bend?
      Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
      What about us brain-dead slobs?
      You'll be given cushy jobs.
      Were you sent here by the devil?
      No, good sir, I'm on the level.
      The ring came off my pudding can.
      Take my pen knife, my good man.
      I swear it's Springfield's only choice...
      Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
      Monorail!
      What's it called?
      Monorail!
      Once again...
      Monorail!
      But Main Street's still all cracked and broken...
      Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!
      Monorail!
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      MONORAILl!

      Mono... D'oh!

      April 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    34. bp

      This abortion topic reminds me of a quote from a Simpsons episode:

      "Abortions for some, Mini American Flags for the rest"

      April 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    35. Mister Handy

      I am a butt pirate and a fairy. I just want a big ol meat stick in my pooper! Come on all u big boyz!! Let's rock this thang!!

      April 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    36. Cartman

      Dammit Kyl! I hate you guys...

      April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    37. Rexben

      Did any of you see the show? It was hysterical!!

      April 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    38. Ken

      Bless you Steven for exposing the hypocrisy and stupidity of Jon Kyl. He's a nitwit. I apologize for my company's involvement in getting him elected in the 80's. What a mistake.

      April 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    39. Mister Hand

      I am a butt pirate and a fairy. I just want a big ol meat stick in my pooper! Come on all u big boyz!! Let's rock this thang!!

      April 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    40. truthinrock

      Right on JC!! Call out idiot politicians, etc. who spout off whatever makes their case as "facts"!

      April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    41. Mister Hand

      You're all on dope!!

      April 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    42. nate

      "Abortions for some. Miniature American flags for others." (crowd cheering)

      April 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    43. MIKE

      for all you pro-lifers out there put up or shut up by that I mean that start stepping up to the plate and adopt all the unwanted children out there that have no home and take care of there medical needs if you don't want taxpayers to pay for abortion then don't force taxpayers to take care of these unwanted children that are born by mothers that are not able to if you want to talk the talk then walk the walk

      April 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • free meat

        use the stem cells and grind up the rest into hamburger....well childburgers and send the meat to mike

        April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    44. K. DumbasRocks Republican

      @THOMAS How old are you? Your laughable contributions throughout this thread consistently show the thought processes of a 5 year old. The point is not whether killing civilians during war is being done "intentionally", the point is that IF you choose to go to war, it is inevitable, as your very own tepid analysis confirms. So going to war is CHOOSING to kill innocent human life.....supposedly the equivalent of choosing to have an abortion.

      Now, finally you little Tea-nugget. Just WHO was going to "kill us all" if we didn't go to war in Iraq??!!! Are you saying we had no OPTION there? Despite the endless flow of information to the contrary, you have blissfully and vacuously drunk the whole cup of neo-con koolaide, haven't you?

      You uber-partisan, drama-queen Teatards who pass yourselves off as "conservative" are truly pathetic.

      April 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        52 years old and was a Democrat for 30 years and I'm still card-carrying member of the I.B.E.W (Electrical Workers Union). Just finally had enough of the big giveaway that is the Left. And I'm not a member of the Tea party. So since you can't hit the broad-side of a barn in character analysis, quit trying to analyze me.

        But to your point, I didn't support the Iraq war, please read my post more carefully. I did think there were other options there. What I said is war is often unavoidable, doesn't mean I support it. And in war, innocent people get killed, doesn't mean I like it. Many people on the left support abortion rights, but I wouldn't be so fool-hardy as to say they enjoy it.

        BTW, I find many of the comments from the just as laughable. My Favorite is the ARZ shooting, the left had Sarah Palin roped, hog-tied and convicted within hours of the shooting. When it comes to light that the gunman was a loner nut job, that hated religion, liked to smoke dope, and was intrigued with communism, you never saw so much running from a topic as you did then. Nothing but crickets.

        April 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    45. Rick

      Jon Kyle must be related to that idiot Michele Bachman, yet another chronic twister of the truth.

      April 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    46. roninsdad

      maybe we should spend the money to spay and neuter our humans who repeatedly use the services of PP, that way we could minimize the abortions and the money spent on birth control.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    47. colbert is awesome

      'Senators should be held to a higher standard and should not lie'. What country are you living in?
      Also, I happen to have diabetes type I and I'm proud to say I have had good medical care and I've kept my sugars under excellent control for many, many years. I have had 3 children and I plan to ride in my first bike race this spring (age 51). Terry

      April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    48. Artifex

      @Turrble
      "Man, arguing on the internet is fantastic fun!
      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      As for those against abortions sounding off in this thread:
      – Abortions at Planned Parenthood are not free to those who seek them. Unless your friendly local congressman/woman is handing you a check signed by Obama when you walk in the door, I'm fairly certain you're the one paying for it.
      – Not all Planned Parenthood sites can or do conduct abortions.
      – The 3% figure for abortions at Planned Parenthood is stated BY Planned Parenthood. That's 3% of all visits to all Planned Parenthood locations.
      – The other 97% of visits to Planned Parenthood are comprised of STD testing, cancer screening, giving out contraceptives and various services for women's health, many of which are provided free or very cheap as a result of the federal funding. So, if you agree with cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, you are directly harming people who seek and need those services.

      On the more opinionated side: What's your problem with abortions? Those who seek them probably don't have the means to care for the child, and with cuts to government spending for other programs that benefit the poor, I doubt the rest of us can pick up the tab, either. That child will be born to poverty, live in one of this nation's many and vast ghettos, and turn to a life of violence and crime for lack of a better alternative. If the mother conceives at a young age, she'll likely drop out of school and go on welfare because she doesn't have the time to get a decent education while paying bills and raising a child. That makes her AND that child she was forced to bear YOUR problem.

      It may sound grim in the short-term because no one likes the idea of ending a human life, but you already don't care what happens to that child after it's born. Why should you care what happens before? Besides, it's not like people from Planned Parenthood are going out and finding pregnant women to abort their children by force, so if somehow you take abortion as a personal attack on YOU, something else is wrong.
      ------
      I know, long rant, but I feel like the conversation on this has stalled because A) those who are pro-choice don't articulate their ideas and B) those who are pro-life can't get past the idea of "Abortions = Wrong" without asking themselves, with a long-term view in mind, why it's wrong."
      *******************************************************************

      Well said – you get my hero vote for trying to show simple logic to anti-intellectual fundamentalist ideologues. Facts and close minded religion just don't mix no matter how hard you stir. It is a futile, but worthy effort that we must persist in attempting.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    49. justmakingit

      Time can not be reversed. Let the republicans become aware that the world is what it is and make a good place for us now instead of trying to go back in time. Yes I worry about the next generation but what good is it if their parents are living on the street, unable to get basic medical care, eating cat food. All this stuff about the saving for the "grandchildren" of tomorrow if we are all broke and can't find work today.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    50. Allan

      And another food for thought.... How about all places of worship are no longer free from taxation? Add to that tax base!

      April 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        THIS! I have been saying for years that Churches need to pay taxes like all other organizations. If they can prove at tax time that they have enough deductions (ie: charitable donations) that reduce their taxes owed to zero then fine, but the fact is some churches are making a LOT of money.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    51. Kyl Doofus

      Jon Kyl is a typically clownish politician. Voters should be ashamed. #IntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    52. tommas

      @Turrible,
      Just food for thought: As you say "That child will be born to poverty, live in one of this nation's many and vast ghettos..". Poverty and ignorance correlate quite nicely with belief in a religion. Therefore, I predict that the christian powers that be are trying to assure future members and money (whatever these poverty stricken people can give is more then someone who is educated enough to see through their bs)

      April 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    53. Gregg

      When my wife was pregnant with my daughter, we had to wait for my health insurance to kick-in. Without Planned Parenthood we would have had no prenatal care during that time period.

      Yet every time we went inside we were afraid we were going to get blown up by some wacko.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    54. Mark

      Jon Kyl equals LIAR

      April 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    55. Breanna

      lol @ all of the people posting here who probably have 4+ waterhead kids in public schools funded by tax money, that are then opposed to "their money" going toward abortions. And, thanks for those morning after pills, speaking of those people – best two decisions of my life. :)

      April 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    56. horace

      Fact: this statement is not intended to be a factual statement.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    57. Don C

      I like Colbert but stopped following him yesterday. Colbie's tweets are not funny and became annoying after the first four or five.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    58. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

      I assume Jon Kyl was pandering to the ignorant, in which case facts are irrelevant.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    59. reACTIONary

      You don't want "your" money to go toward abortion? Sorry, but that isn't how taxation works. Some people don't want their money to go towards war... too bad. Some people don't want their money to go towards capital punishment... too bad. That's the way it works.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    60. T3chsupport

      I don't know how this turned into a pro-life argument...

      But pro life is almost never pro life. People who identify themselves as 'pro life' are really just 'pro baby', and couldn't give two craps what happens to the child as long as it's born breathing. They don't care about the life of the child one bit.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    61. Arizona Huey

      John Kyl throws puppies at cars on the highway

      #Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement

      April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    62. Thomas

      @THOMAS "Abortions are killing life, but drop some bombs on some other country's civilians to protect us at home".

      Do you REALLY believe that is being done intentionally? It's unfortunate and very regretful, but in a war that is just the facts. If not, name one war in the history of the world where civilians weren't harmed. The other alternative is just sit here and wait for the enemy to kill us all. Sorry, not an option.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • pappas

        so we are dropping bombs but not intending to kill anyone be real!!! what kind of life would these unwanted kids have .it is a MUCH KINDER THING TO ABORT rather to live a life of neglect poverty

        April 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @PAPPA MUCH KINDER THING TO ABORT rather to live a life of neglect poverty

        My god, what a dim view of life. Someone is born into poverty and that child is condemned to this for life?

        April 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    63. GlennA

      John Kyl's fact checker is his proctologist.

      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement."

      April 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    64. Arizona Huey

      John Kyl loves to sleep with goats

      #Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement

      April 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    65. Bruce Heinemann

      @Tom: Right on, my friend.. Seems like those good "God-Fearing" ChristoFascists only consider little babies as precious life... seems that when they're old enough to hold a gun and go kill innocent people(including a lot of children) they're not so precious. This is always the giveaway of the absolute moral bankruptcy of these fanatics. The best retort is: "don't believe in abortions.. then don't have one"! Mind your own damn business and stay out of other people's bodies. You have enough of your own problems to handle..

      April 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    66. Bruce Heinemann

      Where would this troubled country be without Colbert?! A combination of light and fresh air he brings to the political landscape....

      April 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    67. CaliforniaBC

      I say RIGHT ON!! It's about time the republicans get called out on the outright lies they use to get their agenda through. I say keep this up. Call them out on everything they use to misinform the American public. Twitter can be our tool. Whenever a politician uses blatant lies to further their "arguments" call them out on it...Tweet it and let it go viral. the news agencies will get a wiff and it'll get publicity. Once this happen a number of times, maybe, JUST MAYBE politicians will start using FACTS in their debates rather than baseless opinion.

      TWITTER-ERS FOR HONESTY!!

      April 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    68. Mike B

      "Once a year, Jon Kyl retreats to the Arizona desert and deposits 2 million egg sacs under the sand." ??? Come on CNN..do your due diligence in reporting....This sounds like a wild exaggeration , I'm guessing the actual figure is closer to 5 THOUSAND egg sacs...

      April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
      • newt

        SO in effect, he aborts 5,000 – 2,000,000 fetuses a year.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • JKLied

        mike b what about procedings? maybe 2 'e' s...did you understand what i said mr syntax?

        April 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    69. JK Lied

      I remember a president going through impeachment procedings because he lied...

      If you're against abortion then don't have one.

      Since men will never have an abortion their opinion is mute.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    70. newt

      Abortion is not murder, it is quality control. Obviously we need to expand the program.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    71. Bill & Ted

      We love mammograhams! Our favorite cookie because they're shaped like boobies. We especially like the ones with the chocolate n!pples!

      April 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    72. BrainiacV

      Remember, personhood only exists between conception and birth. After that, who cares about it? The No Choice crowd likes to pretend they are defending the unborn, but after it is born, does it carry an Uzi? No, it is still defenseless, but hey, no money for those slacker mothers or food for the babies. Instead they'd rather create a permanent underclass for cheap labor. Or spout nonsense about how abstinence will over come millions of years of evolution, sorry, six thousand years of "be fruitful and multiply."

      April 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    73. Snake Speaks

      Kyle thinks the whole country is as stupid as the people who voted for him.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    74. Bob

      How come the only tax dollars that count are those from conservatives? I was opposed to the Iraq War from the beginning. Think my tax dollars weren't/aren't used there?

      April 13, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    75. Jeff

      It is a well-know fact that 84.7% of all statistics are made-up.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    76. Martin

      I was an avid follower of Stephen Colbert on twitter, until he filled an entire page of my screen in about an hour with these tweets about Jon Kyl.

      I've since switched him to "unfollow" where he will remain for the foreseeable future.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    77. Snake Speaks

      Are you suggesting that Jon is on the pill?

      April 13, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    78. Long term v short term

      Let's face it, from a tax standpoint it is better to have these services available than have the child born and have our tax dollars take care of it through well fair. Then our tax dollars may be spent to put it in prison. It really is a good investment long term.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    79. Maryann

      @Someone who can Google and knows which sites are not BS:

      You said: '...the first thing it does it prevent release of the egg from the ovaries"

      Explain, then, why a woman still has a period when she's on the pill.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Precisely why PP is needed

        The pill has a lower hormone dosage for those inactive days in your monthly (or tri-monthly) set of pills. The inactive days help trigger your period as the hormones are no longer guiding your body to hold onto the uterine lining. The uterine lining will shed so long as there are no medical issues or no pregnancy. This does not necessarily affect the discharge of an egg every month.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    80. NathanD

      Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been arrested multiple times for molesting underage Senate page boys, and STILL wont stop.

      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 13, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    81. Snake Speaks

      My previous comment: #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 13, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    82. Snake Speaks

      For breakfast, Jon Kyle has two illegals, "over-easy."

      April 13, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    83. JackinDet

      90% of Republican Sen. Jon Kyl's evenings are spent dirty dancing in women's panties, in front of a big mirror.

      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    84. Snake Speaks

      Jon Kyle is my father, my brother, my uncle and my pedophilic molester.
      #Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    85. Arch

      I suppose the Republicans will now vote to de-fund Comedy Central.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        "I suppose the Republicans will now vote to de-fund Comedy Central."

        If they are on the govt. gravy train and can't stand on their own two feet, then yes.

        April 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    86. Territorial Expert

      Arizona Territory accepted into the Union!
      Not meant to be a factual statement

      April 13, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    87. ACE

      John kyle is a fat hateful liar, and thats a fact.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    88. svann

      Kyl is using the Tobacco Company defense. Since everyone knows that everything he says is a lie then its not fooling anyone so its not really a lie.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    89. Jack

      When is it right for people to take over God's job of judging others and sitting their guidelines as to how others should live. A person invovled with abortion is accountable tp God and God only and that will come in due time right or wrong. People playing God may be in for a real surprise when their accountability time arrives.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Good God

        In Jon's case, as well as any other lying republican, I allow, encourage and reward it.
        #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

        April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    90. svann

      "Never let facts get in the way of a good debate"
      Jon Kyle
      #NotIntededToBeAnActualQuote

      April 13, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    91. Debbie

      Kyl just outright lies, its now in the Congressional record as if fact. I say great! Since its in the Congressional record there is evidence of his lie and he should be censored by the Senate for outright lies tot he American public!

      April 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    92. BigGuy

      Me thinks John Kyl's potato has been bakin' a bit too long!

      April 13, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    93. Zoe

      This story made my morning. Colbert rocks!

      April 13, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    94. Time To Play Whack A Mole

      GOP presidential candidates are all drooling over this.
      They can now use any lie they want, and now have a back door out of it.
      Let the show begin.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    95. MightyMoo

      This amuses me highly.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    96. Dont Take The Brown Acid

      All Republicans are brain damaged.

      That was not meant to be a factual statement.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    97. NotFaqtual

      Let me get this right. Kyl's office basically said "it's okay that he lied because it was intended to be a lie"?

      April 13, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    98. cb

      I'm amazed that anyone on here can defend Senator Kyl. He's a SENATOR! As a public official, he should be held to a higher standard. A SENATOR should not lie/mislead just to bolster his point. A SENATOR should be smart enough or savvy enough to use facts and statistics, as well as rhetoric, to advance his position without resorting to outright lies.
      Just as an aside, do you conservatives really think that women enjoy getting abortions? I know someone who got one over twenty years ago who still remembers the exact date, time and day of the week. An abortion is a very PERSONAL choice that someone standing outside the situation could never truly understand.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    99. Surrended Or Fight

      I was raised to believe a lie, is a lie.
      Today, a lie is........Just not the truth ?

      The dumming down of America continues
      at the hands of the Republicans.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Charles Darwin

        If you're going to point fingers about "dumming" down, you should at least spell it right (dumbing). Best irony I've seen in a long time...

        April 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • NotFaqtual

        Democrats lie, too. But in BHO's case, he's usually too naive to even know he's lying.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Surrender Or Fight

        Notice how Charles Darwin attacks my spelling
        but not a word about the Lie.

        Its Re Pub Licans that are constantly cutting education....
        DUMMING down
        Its the only way they can get voters, Lie to them.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Snake Speaks

        Today, a lie is.....the Republican truth, which is subject to change depending upon what Obama does.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Snake Speaks

        The big contest in Republican political circles is to see who can be, and is, the Dumbest...I meant Dummest.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Mel

        Yep, just love that beackon of truth on the Left over things like the ARZ shooting. Did anyone ever find out how many years in the Pen Sarah Palin got for her involvement in the ARZ shooting?

        April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    100. Charles Darwin

      Only a politician would make such a grossly inaccurate statement using specific figures (90%) and then think that saying, "It wasn't meant to be a factual statement" is a reasonable explanation. Hilarious.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    101. PJ

      He most Republican lawmakers – IS A LIAR

      April 13, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    102. Alina77

      Its amazing how Kyl was playing people that are watching the Fox news, he knew very well who he was talking to on the Senate flour. Conservatives would never check the facts they never do, they dont care about the truth as long as it sounds good for them (in their imaginary world of socialism around them". Their leaders made brainless idiots out of them and they are happy about it. But I am so appalled about this lie, he standing there gets tones of money for shamelessly lying to me. WE HAVE TO KEEP PEOPLE LIKE RESPONSIBLE for their lies, and we dont. SHAME ON YOU KYL.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    103. Free Society

      Mamograhams? New from Nabisco? Its hard to appear educated or be taken seriously without at least trying to sound the word out before spelling it. Anyway, a woman's choice is her own. We live in a FREE society. We will never all agree but one's opinion is not more valid than another.

      BTW Jon Kyl is responsible for 97% of global warming. #not intended to be a factual statement.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    104. Johnson

      @John's 1st post.. if 3% = 300,000 then 100% = 10,000,000. If there were 10 MILLION people going to planned parenthood, I HIGHLY doubt they would need federal funding.

      I guess your statement was "not intended to be a factual statement."

      April 13, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
      • John

        From the Planned Parenthood website, you will see that they had 11,400,000 service engagements with their clients. Their website further states that 3% were abortions. That is over 300,000 abortions. I am not trying to say good or bad. I'm simply saying they have a lot of business, and abortions are over 300,000 a year.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • slicwilli

        The 11,400,000 is services provided not individual people. One woman could return several times to refill birth control or for some other service and each visit would count toward that number the same as each abortion.
        300,000 does seem like a lot of abortions going on in this country every year, but if Planned Parenthood weren't around there would be a lot more unwanted pregnancies. Thats a societal problem that the politicians won't be able to solve.

        April 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    105. svann

      Peas in a pod. The guy that claimed that ALL PP clinics do abortions and the Senator that claimed >90% of their business is abortions are twin examples of the culture of gop dishonesty. They could care less what the truth is and will say anything at all that they believe will support their party platform.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    106. MakeThemEatCake

      to all this talk of 'my tax dollars paying for abortions'. Once the taxes are collected it is no longer yours to control. there are people who are comfortable with the medical procedure called abortion and those are not. just like there are those who are comfortable with military spending and there are those that are not. there are those that are comfortable with and those that are not. Complain about the tax rate but not about how the money is being spent because once it is collected it is not yours. Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one and they all stink.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        Thank you for saying this. I'm always amazed that anti-choice zealots are so offended by the thought that their tax dollars are supporting abortion (despite the fact that they aren't, but they don't want to believe that). No one seems to worry about what MY taxes are paying for that I find objectionable:

        1) A war in Iraq based on a lie.
        2) Capital punishment. (You know, taking an actual, living person, strapping them onto a gurney, and poisoning them – as opposed to destroying a couple of fertilized eggs in a petri dish). By the way, where are all the "pro-lifers" on this one?
        3) Oil subsidies.
        4) Ineffective "faith-based" treatment programs.

        I could go on, but you get the point.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @Ann

        1) What lie? Bad intelligence yes, but a lie, hardly.
        2) You forgot the minor detail that "actual living person" took another human's life.
        3) Not in favor of Oil subsidies either, what's your point?
        4) Agree, the government should fund "faith-based" treatment programs. But I am guessing it is a drop in the bucket compared to other government health care initiatizes advanced by the left.

        p.s. don't use [sic] in comments to a blog. We are all typing fast and mistakes abound, it doesn't affect your understanding of what the person is trying to say. Almost as bad pointing out misspelled words.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @Ann despite the fact that they aren't, but they don't want to believe that

        They're not? Planned Parenthood funds abortions and accepts tax dollars from the government. Just because you put them in different columns in a spreadsheet doesn't mean that one is not funding the other. Your tax money is not being used to fund the war, that comes from the Republican side of the coffer. Sounds silly doesn't it?

        April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    107. Specialist G

      Poor John Kyl, he discovered that facts have a liberal bias. I'm sure he'll continue to believe that the right to life begins at conception but ends at birth, like a good Republican.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    108. Rick

      J,

      You obviously need to check your facts. The vast, vast majority of Planned Parenhood sites do not conduct abortion. In fact, I live right next to a PP site here in Indiana that couldn't possibly conduct an abortion because it doesn't have the necessary medical facilities. Actually, the only thing they do at that site is cancer screenings and std testing. In fact, of the 32 Planned Parenthood sites in Indiana, only 4 have ever conducted an abortion.

      I don't mind that you hold the opinions that you do, but falsifying information is a breach of the social contract and is inherently harmful to Democracy.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    109. cavery

      Yeah, so next time I run for office, I'm going to promise every American $10,000 if I win. I'm not intending it as a factual statement though.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    110. Bob

      The 3% is 3% of their budget.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
      • John

        No. Go to their website, you will see that they had 11,400,000 engagements with clients, and 3% were abortions.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    111. NotInterested

      Solve Earth's problems once and for all... Free public abortions for all religious pregnancies. If only they could be mandatory.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    112. I'm a nurse!!!!

      what is the point? That some old women said, hey, let's kill our babies, and some old men said, ok....and 40 years later a younger generation is testifying to the brutality of the industry?

      April 13, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
      • svann

        The point isnt about abortion. Its about liars and the big fat lies they tell.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    113. Laurie

      Colbert and Stewart are great. They have a great way of driving a point home in an interesting and sarcastic way. They are educators of politics in the truest form and both are a national treasure.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    114. taffyapple

      Of the supposedly 300,000 abortions, how many were live fetuses? Ask any farmer or maternity ward nurse, some pretty ugly things can happen in the womb, and rather than going to term or risking the mothers death they have to be removed.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    115. midwest

      Thanks, Stephen Colbert, for showing these politicians to be the horses behinds that they are! "Intended to be a factual statement." And to all of you who find that 3% going to PP – I don't want my tax dollars making the fat cats in the banking, oil, pharmeceutical and insurance industries rich – but there they go anyway! It's a LOT more $$ than that which goes to PP. Get a clue from the clue bag!

      April 13, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    116. Ironhouse

      What a backward system where comedians are the only people that hold politicians to their word. Go Colbert!

      April 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    117. Stacie

      So long as abortion is a legal medical procedure, who CARES if the federal government funds it? Either make it illegal or treat it like any other medical procedure. Better yet, how about universal health care that would make Planned Parenthood unnecessary and put these decisions in the hands of women and their personal physicians?

      April 13, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        When has the government ever given money to a procedure without stipulation? And a highly controversial procedure none the less

        April 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    118. Educated Voter

      Reps and Dems blame each other while the country implodes. Get your facts straight before you open your mouth!

      April 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    119. jmalcodray

      Facts? We don't need no stinkin' facts! Typical right-leaning double standard. Have you heard the one about the preacher that lambasts gays and then admits .........

      April 13, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    120. Jason

      He just rounded up to the nearest 90%........Stephen Colbert is a genius. John Kyl, what is going on in Arizona?

      This reminds me of the famous SNL Chevy Chase skit when he impersonated Gerald Ford during a debate when he said "it was my understanding, that there would be no math". Republicans can't count – this is just another example.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    121. PEDRO

      KYLs mom is a B!TCH ! Cartman told me !

      April 13, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    122. John

      3% seems like a small number. It represents over 300,000 abortions provided by Planned Parenthood. You see, they provided a total of 11,400,000 services. 3% of 11,400,000 = 342,000 abortions. And some say that government funding of abortions is prohibited, and that Planned Parenthood does not allow the federal funding to be used for abortions. If you believe that, well.............................

      April 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    123. Satan

      I support abortion up to the 12th trimester. This world is getting overpopulated and the only people that have abortions are unintelligent, unprepared, poor, drug users, or had a failed contraceptive. The 12th trimester would be up to 3 years old for those of you who don't understand math.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        It would actually be up to 2 years and 3 months, since the first 3 trimesters are in utero.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    124. Todd

      I think we need a Stewart/Colbert ticket for the 2012 race. They have more common sense than all of the Washington politicians combined!

      April 13, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
      • MrsFizzy

        Definitely better qualified than some of the other jokers talking about running...!

        April 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    125. Jason

      It's not really fair to keep asking the question, which I see all over this board and every board discussing abortion, "Why do the same people who oppose abortion not care about children after they are born?" This is essentially a "straw man" argument. For example, I oppose abortion and I also care a great deal about children after they are born. In fact, if you get to know people who oppose abortion, you will find that many of them do so out of a strong sense of reverence for all life. Focusing on a few people who are easy to attack completely ducks the real, hard questions in this debate.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        I agree that's it's a strawman argument and not fair to levy against abortion opponents. However, a similarly false argument is made against abortion supporters, that they don't care about the aborted fetuses. It's not a matter of not caring or not. It's a matter of caring about the choices of pregnant women to direct the course of their own lives.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Alverant

        @Jason
        Actually that's not a strawman arguement. It's a factual statement. Many of the anti-abortion people I have met are also against the social services that are needed after the child is born. The truth is, once the fetus actaully becomes a human being, the majority of the anti-abortion crowd stops caring. If they were really pro-life they would be acting differently. They would be against defunding the EPA and schools and organizations that help people – actual people – be healthier and happier. Instead, it's all about their selfish needs without any kind of responsibility for what happens later.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    126. Thomas

      I'm an Idiot and I know everything!

      April 13, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    127. MUSICIAN

      All that typing and almost no jokes on this blog. This is the entertainment blog and not the place for some long discussion about politcs. We are supposed to be making fun of folks and posting about doodoo on this site. I bet you all have to wash your hands acause you play with doookie.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    128. Alfred Brock

      Planned Parenthood should get zero percent government money. It should not be allowed to operate as a non-profit.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        Sure, just as soon as religious groups stop getting governmental tax breaks.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
      • UncleSac

        Any church that is found abusing children should not receive government funding. Oh, what is that you say? Churches don't receive government funding? I disagree. They build on a lot that would have otherwise collected property tax, they take dollars from a community that would have otherwise been spent and sales tax paid, They pay no income tax, yet they are run like a business "selling" the imaginary sky daddy concept. We ALL pay for ALL of these churches by paying their share of taxes for everything we pay taxes on.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    129. MUSICIAN

      You all like to play with dooooodie you doodoo players. I bet you all have doodie smudges on your face.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    130. Mike in NJ

      As Colbert and Stewart show day after day, more bravely than any pol out there,
      Our New Republican Emperors indeed have No Clothes.

      Let's remember, Bible Thumpers, who was the most famous person who fearlessly spoke Truth to Power – his initials were JC. You guys quote him a lot, but you treat these two guys a lot like his persecutors treated him. I guess that makes Fox 'News' the sycophants to Herod and his ilk...

      April 13, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    131. Patrick

      In a statement by PP a few months ago they did say that 90% of services given to PREGNANT women are abortions (less than 1% adoption services and the balance were referrals). IE: 9 out of 10 women, after getting and knowing they were pregnant, that went to PP ended their pregnancy.

      So even if Sen. Kyl was trying to downplay his statement, it could be slanted as fact without too much problem.

      But remember – he was putting that % out there euphemistically. (I'm not against abortions, but...) Would Democrats still be argently supporting the federal Planned Parenthood funding if PP didn't do abortions? I think the answer lends creedence to Sen. Kyl's statement.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Shane

        That statistic in itself is very misleading....that is like saying 9 out of 10 kids that come to sign up for football actually end up playing football. There are women who go there that are NOT pregnant. Adn they go there to learn about how not to get pregnant and also get other health services that they may not be able to afford on their own.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        Of course I'd still support PP if they didn't do abortions. They give women and girls the tools and knowledge to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and keep their bodies healthy so that the children they may already have have a better mother. Why wouldn't I support that?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    132. dspoorman

      When a lie must be employed, it is necessarily because the truth won't work.

      April 13, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    133. Rifas

      Kyl, to nobody's surprise, is from Arizona (as is perennial presidential candidate "Jowls" McCain). Kyl has served as Arizona's "junior" U.S. Senator for a long time. Now you know why Kyl's home state is competing with Mississippi in terms of having the nation's worst poverty level, public education system, services for children, the elderly, and individuals with mental illness, and unfriendly business environment. By the way, that is factual, unlike Kyl's public declarations.

      April 13, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
      • MongoLike

        Hey, there's lots of good people from and in Arizona. Don't lump Jon Kyl in with us. There's a lot of people, from the Midwest especially, who move to AZ and then vote for guys like Kyl. Watch your stereotyping there Hoss. Don't forget Janet Napolitano, Gabbi Gifford are from AZ for example. There are lots of public facilities named for Cesar Chavez in AZ too to keep your bigoted comments in check ya big hypocrite.

        April 13, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Truthyish

        Mr. Chavez would have been asked for his papers in Arizona today. And before you idiots say he should be, he was a third generation Arizona citizen.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    134. jack25

      john kyl is a liar and that is a fact

      April 13, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    135. SDN

      Now that would be a great great ruse to offer in court. "My admission of guilt in a signed statement" was 'not intended to be a factual statement.' When asked what sort of statement is was 'intended to be', my response would be.....?

      April 13, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    136. SDN

      I find it strange that a legislator, in utter disdain for rules of order and civility, will stand up during a President's (any President's speech, call him a liar, and have anyone with any pretense of credibility, defend the action. The same goes for Kyl's comment. He told a flat-out lie to further his point of view, with no apparent remorse, and there are people here and elsewhere that defend his actions. Does that mean I can commit a crime in front of millions of witnesses, and there will be those that swear to my innocence? The end of the Age of Reason?

      April 13, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    137. SDN

      What sort of statement, then, was it intended to be? Credibility is something that has seemed to escape his best attempts during his career. Small wonder – much like any other troll, his data supports his arguments, and precious little else.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    138. Thomas

      @David: "There are other options." such as? Because I haven't seen one other thing that the terrorsist have responded to to get them to change their ways. "that political leader is an evil person" were the reason to go to war": I didn't say it was.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    139. CaandyLacey

      In '06 Obama oppossed raising the debt cieling. Now he supports doing so. Funny-like the trillions of debt he and the Democrats generated in a few years to enrich their corporate and union supporters while bankrupting the nation. Anyway, did you hear the one about the Nobel Peace Prize winner who started an undeclared war against an oil rich Muslim country while fighting two other wars against two other oil rich Muslim nations which conflicts he once oppossed when running for President and then once elected escalated? No? That's not suprising. What about the politician who opposed military tribunals for terrorists but who now welcomes them or the fellow who railed against tax cuts for millionaires and hired a millionaire Treasury Secretary who doesn't pay his fair share and doesn't know how to? Hilarious.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
      • John

        Good one Caandy – I haven't stopped laughing. And did you hear the one about a politician than inherited a national treasury from his predecessor that had a positive balance and proceeded to squander it on a war predicated upon nonexistent weapons of mass destruction? Then there is the really funny joke about the President who, during his two terms in office, engineered the greatest transfer of wealth ever in the history of this nation – and it was all to the top 2% of the population – while decrying the evils of the welfare state ?

        April 13, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    140. Ed

      Colbert and Stewart both need to decide if they are journalists or comedians and then stick to it. Right now they are both a joke.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • You

        They're comedians....the only people that think they're journalists are Republicans that are threatened by the fact that GOP supporters lack the wit required to retort, so they try to paint them as journalists in order to mock their "journalistic integrity," when Dems know there isn't meant to be any in the first place. – So, the joke's on you!

        April 13, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
      • LouAZ

        KYL needs to decide if he is a Senator or a comedian and stick to it. We all already know that he is a liar. You betcha !

        April 13, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Ed, get a sense of humor.

        It's called political satire...and the point IS to make jokes. It isn't new, pick up something by Jonathan Swift, Nietzsche, or even Voltaire -you'll figure it out.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        Why? Is it not possible to be both? If not, why not?

        April 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • MrsFizzy

        Why, do they confuse you?

        April 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ed, Get a Sense of Humor 2

        Yeah, Jonathan Swift, Nietzsche, or even (especially) Voltaire – I can't figure out whether those guys were writers or comedians (Wait, who? Are those guys American...?)

        April 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam B

        i know this may be incredibly difficult for you to figure out, but both of their shows are on Comedy Central. What do you think that implies?

        April 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • NYCMovieFan

        Actually, Mr. Ed, they are neither. Mr Stewart and Mr Colbert are satirists. They are capable of telling the truth, unlike certain politicians. And thankfully, these 2 men tell more truth on their shows than most network news programs. Why? Because they operate independently of the machine that feeds the networks. We appreciate their efforts – like Mr Stewart's support for 9/11 workers that resulted in new legislation to support their healthcare funding. And Mr Colbert's continuing exposure of the lies of Kyle. Thankfully, we have a democracy that supports the work of these 2 guys, AMEN.

        April 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    141. Frederick Lee

      Honestly folks. honsetly – who would you trust to fight the jihad terrorists: Colbert or Kyl?

      April 13, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
      • SoCalMySweetHome

        Uh.... Neither. And thank goodness that's an option.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • lol

        So you saying Kyl is literally fighting the Jihadists? Or is that not meant to be a factual statement either.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @You: Yeah, I sure wish Republicans had the "wit" shown by all the Lefty journalists and bloggers that tried to pin the ARZ shooting on Sarah Palin. That was some big-time intellect at work there. Hilarious watching all of them shutting up and running for cover and hoping no one noticed all that nonsense they wrote, when the facts on the shooter came to light. Laughable.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    142. Thomas

      Gee, only 300,000 unborn children maimed and killed a year by Planned Parenthood instead of 9 million. Just makes you feel good all over, doesn't it?

      April 13, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        They aren't children. If they were would it be OK to starve them in 3rd grade?

        April 13, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
      • SoCalMySweetHome

        Gee, Thomas, so how many children are abused, maimed and die each year thanks to Republican cuts to social services, and our wars abroad? The Republican motto; care about those unborn babies UNTIL they are born. After that, they are on their own, suckers.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        Well, God has a slightly different take on that. But, are you that delusion to think that every pregnancy that is aborted was to be born in a family that couldn't feed them? The overwhelming majority of pregnancies are by women that just don't want the baby or the responsibilities, and didn't have the sense or the foresight to protect themselves.

        SoCalMySweetHome – not nearly as many as lives they have American lives they have protected and the jobs they created. Conservatives teach children to be responsible and take care of themselves. Liberals teach kids how to suck on the government teat.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        @Thomas: This is the crux of the issue, whether fetuses are children or not. It has yet to be decided. "Murder" unequivocally can be said to be biblically prohibited against a full-term baby and, of course, an adult, but the bible is relatively inscrutable when it comes to explicitly prohibting something that absolutely existed at the time; abortion. If the question were simply about categories (is a fetus a human or chicken?), then, obviously, you would be correct. But it is not that simple. SoCalMySweetHome has a point (war is murder), but would have a difficult time proving that either Republicans are the sole cheerleaders for war, or that pro-lifers are also pro-war.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        "war is murder" It is? I must have the murder trials of 6 million or so servicemen over the past 100 years, I need to look that up. Like it or not war is necessary sometime. There are evil people all over the planet and sitting down with them over a latte isn't going to convince them otherwise. But to the bigger point, where life starts isn't going to be decided in a CNN blog. And Kyle certainly mispoke (having a hard time believing he deliberately lied by a factor of 30 on a fact that is so easy to find and would get called out on), but I for one appreciate his efforts.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        @Thomas (again): "American lives protected" is an claim for which it woudl be improbable to find evidence for - no matter which side of the aisle you're talking about (or talking from). And as far as your claim about what conservatives teach their children vs. what liberals teach their children, this, too, is something for which there is no evidence short of anecdote (which, if that counted as evidence, I could disprove your claim with my own anecdote).

        April 13, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Hypocrite

        @ Thomas, I'm a little confused on how it's okay, in your mind, to kill people in a war, but not okay to kill "babies" in the womb? Hypocritical, just like the Bible.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        Well, certainly there are no statistics, anecdotely I am saying liberals and Democrats like big government, and they like to spend money. Out of the top 15 states by per captia debt, 14 are overwhelmingly ran by Democrat (looking at the state legislatures, housereps, senators and govenors) . Look at the skyrocketing national debt under the Democratic / liberal control the past few years. Obama once complained about a 161B deficit under Bush, and he is running a 1.5T deficit and complaining about 40B in cuts. They like the taxmoney, the government programs, and the social services. Just a fact of life. And I am guessing that the same people are not privately rasing theuir kids at home to fiscal conservatives.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        @ Thomas: We are digressing, yes. I apologize for typing quickly; not all wars are murder. But, some are. Not all wars are in the service of saving Americans, though wars without this cause would not be allowed if American politicians didn't at least claim it; therefore politcians (both Republicans and Democrats) claim it and make loose connections to justify committing American military lives. As far as the sipping lattes vs killing thousands, this is obviously a false dilemma. There are other options. And if, "that political leader is an evil person" were the reason to go to war, then perhaps we might have gone to war far more often than we have. That is not the reason we go to war. It is one of the justifications, merely.

        By the way, I was in the Marine Corps (earned a CAR in the gulf war; not much of a war, I suppose, but a war nonetheless). I know what it is to voluntarily risk my own life for others. I also know why I would have done so. If you were not in the military, please do not suppose you can speak for me or those of us who were or are.

        And as far as the arena goes (a CNN Blog); this is where this discussion is happening. This is where rhetorical comments have been posted to enflame, not elucidate. Should cooler heads not prevail no matter where comments occur? Should supporting evidence not be put forward at all times? And we should all have a stricter standard of evidence than what comes up on Google.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @Hypocrite: er......to defend one's self. You may have heard about the attacks on 9/11? Look it up, good reading. Or maybe we should have just wagged our fingers at them and asked them not to do that again? You mushy-feely types are going to get us all killed.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        Last one Thomas, I swear. You said, " certainly there are no statistics" There actually are. These statistics are available from the GAO. Look at the taxing as a percentage of GDP, and the spending as a percentage of GDP over time (starting as far back as you like, I've look from 1960 or so) and compared to the rest of the developed world. The US has taxed and spent (as a percentage of GDP) almost the same no matter what party was in Congress, and no matter what party was in the Presidency. The US taxes and spends lower (again, as a percentage of GDP) than nearly any other developed country in the world.

        Regarding Obama's role in the debt/deficit woes, you must look to a comparably difficult economic time; the depression. A decrease in taxation happens because the people whom governments tax make less money, and spending goes up largely because social welfare programs already guaranteed by law (like unemployment) goes up. This causes an obvious deficit. A continued deficit can (but not always) contribute to debt increasing OVER time. The larger deficit coincided with the current recession. The continued recession contributed to increased debt. You can't blame Obama for the debt, just like you can't blame Bush for the deficit. It's the economy.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Doubting Thomas

        Thomas, I'd rather be one of those mushy feeling types than to act like Bush, starting a war that has killed over 5000 Americans and over 300,000 Iraqis and spending over a trillion dollars in the process. And do you really think that has made us safer against 9/11 type attacks for the future?

        April 13, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
      • lol

        I would love to meet Thomas in real life and hear his arguments in person. So that I may strike them down with actual facts. Love doing that to people who are high and mighty religious conservatives and super hopeful obama fans. You obviously don't understand how fiscal policy works in the US government. The power of the purse is governed by congress. Guess which congress eliminated our budget surplus within the first year of taking office? Oh yeah the good ole boys who pledge their allegiance to big business (REPUBLICANS). Retort that. Oh yeah you won't, since you will just spew some more rhetoric about some nonsense you heard on the radio or tv.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @Doubting Thomas: Where does it say I supported the Iraq war or defended it? Put answer here____________. I mentioned 9/11 which was the Afghanistan conflict, please read the posts more carefully. Do I think Iraq was a good idea? No, and I didn't support it at the time, I thought we had Saddam bottled up and Iraq was the counter-balance to Iran. But 67 democrats voted for the war as well, and several intelligence agencies thought Iraq was on the verge of a nuclear weapon, so I can't really state how wise or unwise it was at the time, hindsight is always 20-20. But you can certainly say that the Iraqi people will be better off in the long-run, Saddam would brutalized them for another 20 years, passed on and his regime would have continued the killing. All these revolts and overthrows of governments throughout the Middle East isn't because those people have been treated kindly over the decades.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @lol: "spew some more rhetoric about some nonsense you heard on the radio or tv"

        Geez, I bet the phrase "good ole boys who pledge their allegiance to big business" has never been uttered once on a liberal or progressive TV show. Spare the unoriginal, pre-packaged, pseudo-intellectual left-wing comebacks will ya?

        April 13, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        @LOL "The power of the purse is governed by congress. Guess which congress eliminated our budget surplus within the first year of taking office?"

        The same party that was in control of both the House and the Senate during the last 6 years of Clinton's administration when the surplus occurred, the Republicans. The surplus went away with the 9/11 attacks.

        Like shooting fish in a barrel.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
      • John Sharp

        Please keep your silly religious beliefs to yourself.

        April 13, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
      • MongoLike

        Let me ask you something Thomas because I've been wanting to ask someone with a determined view on abortion this. II personally think abortion is absolutely awful, the wrong thing to do but that's a moral opinion on my part and nothing I'm going to force on anyone. Now that I've laid the groundwork, why are abortion activists so passionate about the unborn who need protecting but don't seem to give two hoots about people, especially children, who do not have access to good medical attention. For example, what about a child born with a chronic condition like type 1 diabetes or some disease they have 0 control over? Someone like that can't buy healthcare even if they could afford it. In the short or long term, it's essentially a death sentence. And yet time and time again the same people fighting for their moral cause turn a blind eye to all these other people? I just don't get it dude. This was a sincere question and one that I hope will give you pause for deep deliberation.

        April 13, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
      • exo

        @Thomas – Christianity will save America
        #Not Intended As a Factual Statement

        April 13, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Bubba

        @thomas, you must subscribe to Reagan's axiom, "facts are stupid things"

        April 13, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • @David

        Just wanted to say those were some of the most reasonable comments I've seen posted on a CNN page in a while.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Stupid for looking at the facts

        We did not go to war in Afghanistan because of the events of September eleventh. We went to war in Afghanistan because the Taliban was thought to be harboring Osama Bin Laden and would not give him over to U.S. authorities. The events of September eleventh were performed by several people, from my recollection (and I may be incorrect on this, I don't have a crack fact checking team like Sen. Kyl) few to none of them actually being Afghani. If we were to go to war with the countries "responsible" for those attacks we would have invaded Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Lebennon and Egypt.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        "Like it or not, war is necessary sometime [sic]." In your opinion, of course. I agree, although we may disagree about which wars are necessary.

        Here's the thing: in my opinion, like it or not, abortion is necessary sometimes. It can sometimes be the best answer to an awful situation. How awful does the situation have to be? Not my decision, and not yours. That's between the woman and her doctor.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • realtime

        Yes. Yes it does make me feel real good. When you consider that the crime rate drop that began in the mid 90's is attributable to Roe v. Wade (read "Freakanomics", that is, if you can read), it might be that giving a woman control over her own body is a good thing.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • MrsFizzy

        It would make you feel better, I guess, if the "unborn children" were maimed and killed in less quick and efficient ways in illegal abortions instead? Or maybe born to be neglected and abused to death?

        April 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        debating this here is totally pointless people

        April 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    143. Iceman

      If Kyl didn't mean it to be a factual statement that would imply that he meant it to be a lie.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
      • We Have Assumed Control

        How do Republicans defend thier liars ?
        They vote for them.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    144. Mel

      Funny, I still find Kyl remark closer to the truth than Obama discussing how to tackle the national debt.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
      • dspoorman

        You find a completely fabricated statement to be "closer to the truth"?

        April 13, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
      • We have assumed control

        Attention Shoppers:

        Please see the comment by Mel (Above)
        This is what is wrong with our country.
        Republicans who willfully swallow lies because they hate Democrats.
        Your brainwashing is complete, step aside.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    145. Tom

      It's just plain nutty what these people are saying and doing. Kyl, Bachmann...and the dems are not much better. I have absolutely zero faith that our government can come together and do anything to help us out of this mess. All anybody wants to do is that which hurts the other guy most. That's all that matters anymore. Sickens me.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        Most of the agreement is happening behind closed doors. Too many people think agreement is a weakness (or would be interpreted by voters as such), so statements in public remain hostile and divisive. Pay close attention to the "Gang of Six"; they are the compromisers we aren't hearing often enough.

        April 13, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Brownie

        So...you're saying they are better...

        April 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    146. JohnOBX

      Colbert = brilliant
      Kyl = owned

      April 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    147. roberto

      John! Yo! Did you know that 4/5ths of the population of the United States is 80%...

      April 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    148. N'Ice

      LOL. For the 2008 primaries I wrote in Colberts name for president. I wonder how many of his fans did the same.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    149. jonkylmolestscollies

      So, if it's "not intended to be a factual statement," it IS intended to be a FICTIONAL statement, right? i.e., a lie?

      April 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    150. REPUBLICAN

      Just make stuff up kids. And if you ever get called on it, just say it wasn't meant to be factual. Call it a joke, or say you were just kidding. But only if you get called on it.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    151. lou

      lol! gotta love the line about the egg sacks or the two children in a convincing john kyl suit. really good!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    152. Dante

      The line keeps repeating.

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTjjVWmCenM&w=640&h=390]

      April 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    153. yeah, it's me again

      Sorry, I apologize, I forgot that Colbert thinks he's funny. I remember when he thought he was a serious actor (Law & Order). He'll figure it out sometime.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • frontgate

        colbert is spot on with his observations. spot on
        kyl is a lair.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • lol

        So comedians can't take up acting roles? I believe they call it the arts. His role in one LO:SVU really makes him a wishy washy person? I'm sure u wouldn't turn down an acting gig along with your whatever you do.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Don

        Comedians can't take up acting roles? What about Ronald Reagan?

        April 13, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
      • MongoLike

        Comedians (Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton... where do I stop?) can become serious actors but serious actors cannot become comedians? Wha? I thought this was America where the individual rules and can be anything he or she strives to be? so anyway: Jon Kyl likes wearing Sheriff Arpaio's famous pink undies and says they are fabulous, but limits this indulgence to only 3 nights per week. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

        April 13, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
      • CJ

        Colbert is an actor. He readily admits its that he is only playing a character on The Colbert Report. This is also told to the show's audience when he is seen live. Apparently he's pretty good at it if this needs to be explained.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
      • I like Law & Order - and Comedians....

        I suppose I'll have to figure out which entertainment I like – crime drama or comedy... but wait – I like sports too.... ah man!!!
        But my real comment is... Richard Belzer – been on the cast of L&O:SVU for 12+ years, started as a stand up comedian and still performs as a comedian.... I guess he should retire & give away all the money he's made because he couldn't figure out which specific genre he wanted to fit in....?

        April 13, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
      • MrsFizzy

        Colbert "thinks" he's funny?? I think several million people would agree with him... This story is freaking funny & without Stewart & Colbert it could have slipped under the radar. This man and his ilk deserve to be mocked for telling baldfaced lies and giving bs excuses! Stewart & Colbert are performing a public service! Most of the time they are also dam funny while doing it!

        April 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam B

        Well, he's paid well and his show makes money. So apparently the free market thinks he's funny.

        Why do you hate capitalism? Are you a Communist?

        April 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        You mean Colbert, the successful comedian millionaire with millions of adoring fans, doing what he loves in life. I'm sure you have that beat.

        April 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    154. Republican Politicians

      Our priority is job creation.
      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    155. Zieg Kyl

      HOW DARE yoU COLBERT !!!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    156. Ed

      If heated to a certain temperature, John Kyl returns to his natural gaseous state. Strange, but true..............or is it?

      April 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    157. bobo

      It's too bad Colbert weighed in on such a serious issue, he just trivializes the topic. A U.S. Senator that doesn't know what the hell he is talking about is the issue. Who the hell elects these idiots?

      April 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • frontgate

        he knows,
        he's just a blatant lair.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Austin Texas

        Sen. Kyl was elected by the same dopes who elected that horrible Gov. Brewer.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • MCR

        It's not like any other news organization was actually running with this, at least now a lot more people will know what happened.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        Amen.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • SDN

        @Austin Texas: I admit, I live in Arizona, but.......don't look at me. In my opinion, Kyl and Brewer are perfect examples of what is wrong with this state and this country.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
      • RTfromIL

        @bobo – Stephen Colbert is a comedian with a variety show on Comedy Central. Please get over yourself.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
      • bobo's a clown

        you're reading the entertainment section of the news...why so serious, son? Trivialize, no. Satirize -YES.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Turrble

        I don't think Colbert trivialized the issue, at all. In fact, he did segments on this issue two nights in a row, and pointed his audience to the Twitter campaign that's turning the whole thing into a meme. I believe this story won't soon be forgotten, and that's thanks in no small part to Colbert making a few jokes.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    158. Al

      Jane, 3 percent does not necessarily translate to 3 percent of it's funds. But of course what you said was "not intended to be a factual statement."

      April 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pressoffice

        Kyl didn't say 90% of PlannedParenthood funds go to abortions. He said 90% of what they do is abortions.

        Btw, I shot the sheriff AND the deputy!*

        *not intended to be a factual statement

        April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    159. Ed

      John Kyl has Fox News do his fact checking.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    160. Scott F

      Did this story post on Fox?- The fair and balanced news network? Never met to be factual is the MOTTO of Fox News!!!

      April 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fairandbalanced

        @AZYankee – I can agree that Faux presents stories that no one does and sometimes they have great facts on the smaller town stories. I give you that. Faux News has just been linked to David Cameroons campaign and access to Britians politics through the Mirror in the UK. Robert Murdoch is a right wing nut he is trying to get Faux in Canada but they won't let him because they expect REAL facts. So what does Murdoch do? They are currently spending thousands of dollars to lobby the Canadian parliment to change the law. NPR is the best fair and balanced news source in the U.S. then the BBC. (which is not in the US) CNN is alright but like Faux takes too many stories and presents them with out credible backing. But sir Faux News is the Worst when it comes to politics and telling the truth.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • mwolve

        ZonaYankee, you lost all credibility in stating that faux news was one of the only creditable news organizations remaining. Faux News is primarily responsible for the failings of American news media and the sensationalism with which we have to live. If it was a paper it would should be called a rag. Since it is on air, I guess it's just noise. Faux News is a joke, a really, really bad joke that uses emotion, typically anger, to earn ratings. Sadly, CNN and others have seen the profit in the Faux News way and have headed in a similar, though not as drastic, direction.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • exo

        They were to busy saying Walgreens preforms pap smears. http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-and-friends-breast-exams-pap-smears-walgreens-2011-4

        April 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    161. Amanda

      How is it that CNN's news page didn't pick up on the original story, but has to recap it through Colbert and Stewart? Whatever happened to doing fact-checking yourself???

      April 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jane

        What fact-checking? Which fact do you doubt? That Kyl said it? That Planned Parenthood uses 3% of its funds for abortion? Those are very quickly and easily checked (you can do it yourself using a browser, the New York Times, other creditable sources). I don't think CNN is relying on Colbert for any of the important facts here, they are just reporting on his satire.

        April 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • brent

        CNN is a news organization

        April 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • DMG

        I'm sorry, just to make sure is ArizonaYankee being serious or making a joke?

        April 13, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        CNN actually did get this story before Colbert. The quote ("Not intended to be a factual statement") that has become the meme was a defense by Kyl's office given to CNN when CNN asked for an explanation regarding Kyl's, "90% of what Planned Parenthood does" comment. A clip of the televised CNN interview with Judy Tabar (President and CEO of Planned Parenthood) was used by Colbert on his TV show. We should all be careful of stating things without evidence (and I mean actual non-ideological evidence - not that you are guilty of the opposite). Otherwise we are guilty of exactly what Senator Kyl did.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Ancient Curse

        I think Yankee is being serious, DMG. It's convenient to ignore facts with which you disagree when you label those facts as propaganda. Convenient, but ignorant by definition.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
      • SDN

        Feeble attempts at clouding the issue won't change the facts. He lied and he got caught. Neither he nor his office has shown any signs of remorse.

        April 13, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
      • exo

        @arizona yankeey you forgot to say "not meant as a factual statement"

        April 13, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • NotFaqtual

        CNN is little more than an aggregator these days. And home to talk show nuts like Nancy Grace.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Greg

        We need to be clear on our own facts if we're going to make fun of Kyle for being off on his. Jane is incorrect that "Planned Parenthood uses 3% of its funds for abortion" and yet she claims we can all just look that up. She obviously hasn't. 3% of their their activities are abortions. Which means if one person comes in for a pap smear, birth control refill, and STD test, that is 3 activities, but someone spends 6 hours going through the abortion process, that's just 1. Planned parenthood's web site says they do 1 abortion for every 10 birth control refills. That is a staggeringly high percentage. And their revenue (apart from donations and government subsidies) is more than 60% from abortions. That's clearly not 90% of their business, but it's also not 3%. Both sides need to try being a bit more honest here.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Jeremy

        @Greg, You are right about Jane getting the facts wrong. But 3% is still just 3%. It does not increase just because some of their clientelle may use multiple services. Walmart, for example, would not artificially alter the percentage of its business that televisions sales make up by lumping groceries sales together. 1 abortion for every 10 contraception refill works out to 9% and this does not account for the 'other' services you mentioned. Hence, 3% is very believable. Further, you are twisting facts when you mention 60% of revenue that is not government subsidized comes from abortions. The goverment subsidized the other services, eliminating the private revenue stream that would come from those services. Thus this magical 60% has absolutely nothing to do with the conversation. 60% of their services are not abortions. 60% of their true and complete revenue is NOT from abortions. Even if Kyl was erroneously using 60% as his basis, he is still 30% off from a misleading number to begin with. The point of the article, however, and the reason for the ribbing is his defense of his mistake. 'Not intended to be a factual statement' is a pretty pathetic.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    162. Michael

      So now, due to this example, we can lie our faces off. We just have to say later that it wasnt INTENDED to be factual. Brilliant!

      I hear Kyl is a rapist.

      Just saying.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    163. Olive

      Hahah I loved these! Stephen Colbert is too funny and Jon Kyl really had mockery coming.
      My favorite:
      Jon Kyl assassinated Archduke Ferdinand.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brett Weaver

        That's not what I heard... I heard he was kicked out of the BAND Franz Ferdinand!

        April 13, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    164. ldean

      gad! I absolutely love Stephen Colbert . . . my favorite is the once a year to the desert . . . to deposit 2 million egg sacs. Wow does that ever conjure up an image to make ya laugh truly out loud. thanks Mr. Colbert!

      April 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    165. JohnKyle

      I am an honest politician whos #1 priority in the best interest of my voters.

      #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

      April 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    166. Superhiro

      Lol, Colbert's a genius

      April 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jofish

        @ John. I hope you and everyone here knows that the money that Planned Parenthood spends on abortions does NOT come from the federal government; they have other income sources. And for those Republicans that say this is effectively funding abortions (even though 97% of their spending is on other important services) I would counter that the government gives tons of money to other organizations that perform tasks that aren't allowed to be funded by the federal government. Just look at federal funding for any faith-based organization. That is all.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • @J

        Just because you say it, doesn't make it true, J. Not all sites have abortion clinics. Actually, there are 3 PP's within 50 miles of me and you would still have to drive 150 miles away to get the Big A.... and it's not even at a PP.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
      • J

        @J – so you agree all PP abortion sites should be in seperate buildings? And, you think it is ok for a site to perform abortions, but not mamograhams?

        April 13, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
      • @@J

        J's comment was not meant to be a factual statement.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dave MacMickey

        "3% seems like a small number. It represents over 300,000 abortions provided by Planned Parenthood. You see, they provided a total of 11,400,000 services. 3% of 11,400,000 = 342,000 abortions. And some say that government funding of abortions is prohibited, and that Planned Parenthood does not allow the federal funding to be used for abortions. If you believe that, well............................."

        I enjoy the fact that you view those calculations as factually correct, rather than conjecture. Is the 3% figure 3% of their budget? 3% of the total unique people seen? 3% of total appointments made?

        The issue is that tards can use statistics any way they feel, and not be held accountable.

        We see that with Congressman Kyl, and with this poster also. We as Americans like to talk out our butt, and we wonder why the rest of the world views us as lazy or ignorant.

        Here's an idea – look up the total # of abortions independently, rather than do ghetto make based on bad assumptions.

        April 13, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Just @ the regular J

        why do you keep spelling mammograms like teddy grahams??? They are, in fact, not tasty treats.
        PS... Stephen Colbert for president

        April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • YAR

        @John... Yep. And if other stuff wasn't being funded, the money spent on abortions would need to be distributed elsewhere. So even though on the budget line, it does not say "abortions," it still funds abortions.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • I'm a nurse!!!!!

        your math is way wrong – they performed over between 300,000 – 400,000 abortions last year. When is the last time you looked at an abortion video on line? How did you arrive at 3%? Sorry bud, your math is dangerous...

        April 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • exo

        no one is citing sources or anything. You all are just talking. Not one of you knows any of the facts.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Maryann

        Uhh...PP does not perform free abortions. The government does not pay for the abortion. The woman pays for it.
        That is all.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
      • badumtish

        Man, I haven't looked at an abortion video online since I was a child.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        This just in: Your money also funds war. Which pays for bullets and bombs that kill babies. You also pay for bullets that are sold to the "enemy" and shot through the heads of our own soldiers. Why don't you pro lifers realize the hypocrisy you swim in all day? "Keep you're big government hands off my life, but tell a woman what she can do with her body". "Abortions are killing life, but drop some bombs on some other country's civilians to protect us at home". How about you read a book, and maybe tune-in for awhile rather than broadcasting all the time.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • street smart

        @ John-apparently the senator thought so or he wouldnt have intentionally misquoted the actual number

        April 13, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        Yes, and 90% represents 9,000,000 abortions by your logic

        April 13, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Oak

        Here's some fun facts: Birth control pills don't prevent conception, they prevent the egg from attaching to the uterus. Yep, according to the Christian Taliban, all women on the pill are mass murderers. Ever seen an abortion protest at an upscale fertility clinic? You know, the kind that keeps hundreds of fertilized zygotes (errr, uhhh, "human beings") in liquid nitrogen? Me either. Abortion protesters only get mad when POOR people have abortions. If you're white and upper middle class, they don't care! My favorite argument of theirs? That TAX dollars are being used for something their religious doesn't like! Great, how do I stop my tax dollars being used for war? Here's a great idea folks: Since the churches think they should get into politics, let's TAX THEM. Heck, the Catholic church alone might get us out of this little Republican-made recession we have going.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
      • oc

        @J is that another comment that is not intended to be factual? In fact very small percentage of PP facilities actually perform abortions this is in line with abortion services making up only 3% of what they do.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Jess C

        What's the plan for paying for those fetuses that are eventually born to mothers who have no means for caring for them? Who pays their for their food and medical care? We all do. Yet at the same time, the GOP feels it's just fine to cut the very programs that support these people and "planned" parenthood in general. Can you see the hypocrisy? Let them be born so someone else can raise them? Get real; this doesn't work. These kids often grow up to be in trouble and on Welfare and public services. Who pays for that? No one wants to acknowledge this as it's not convenient for their argument. Abortion is a desperate decsion. It seems the fetus is all they care about and to heck with the resulting child. Politics and religion need to stay separate; these decisions are between a woman and her doctor. The Dark Ages came and went.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        J,

        You obviously need to check your facts. The vast, vast majority of Planned Parenhood sites do not conduct abortion. In fact, I live right next to a PP site here in Indiana that couldn't possibly conduct an abortion because it doesn't have the necessary medical facilities. Actually, the only thing they do at that site is cancer screenings and std testing. In fact, of the 32 Planned Parenthood sites in Indiana, only 4 have ever conducted an abortion.

        I don't mind that you hold the opinions that you do, but falsifying information is a breach of the social contract and is inherently harmful to Democracy.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Someone who can Google and knows which sites are not BS

        @Oak:
        "Here's some fun facts: Birth control pills don't prevent conception, they prevent the egg from attaching to the uterus."

        Here's the actual fun facts: Birth control does THREE things, and the first thing it does it prevent release of the egg from the ovaries, so that there isn't any egg TO be fertilized, so there isn't a possibility of conception. The second thing it does it increase cervical mucus, so that just in case an egg slips by, the sperm is blocked from entering the egg. THEN, if all else fails, and the egg gets loose from the ovary, AND the mucus fails to block the sperm, AND if fertilization (i.e. conception) is achieved, the pill helps thin the lining of the uterus, thus helping to prevent attachment of the fertilized egg.

        You will note, however, that your "fun fact" has a pretty slim fact of actually occurring, since there are two other mechanisms which help prevent the egg from ever getting that far.

        April 13, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        @J And I don't want my money going towards the war in Iraq, towards oil subsidies, towards Republican politician salaries, or anything you like. But I'm a grown-up, and I realize you can't always get want you want.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Of course, my comment was directed at J, not at @J.

        April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • siwa332bc

        @Oak
        "Here's some fun facts: Birth control pills don't prevent conception, they prevent the egg from attaching to the uterus. Yep, according to the Christian Taliban, all women on the pill are mass murderers. Ever seen an abortion protest at an upscale fertility clinic? You know, the kind that keeps hundreds of fertilized zygotes (errr, uhhh, "human beings") in liquid nitrogen? Me either. Abortion protesters only get mad when POOR people have abortions. If you're white and upper middle class, they don't care! My favorite argument of theirs? That TAX dollars are being used for something their religious doesn't like! Great, how do I stop my tax dollars being used for war? Here's a great idea folks: Since the churches think they should get into politics, let's TAX THEM. Heck, the Catholic church alone might get us out of this little Republican-made recession we have going."

        Very, very well said. Especially the part about taxing the Churches! Thank you!

        April 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Turrble

        Man, arguing on the internet is fantastic fun!
        #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

        As for those against abortions sounding off in this thread:
        – Abortions at Planned Parenthood are not free to those who seek them. Unless your friendly local congressman/woman is handing you a check signed by Obama when you walk in the door, I'm fairly certain you're the one paying for it.
        – Not all Planned Parenthood sites can or do conduct abortions.
        – The 3% figure for abortions at Planned Parenthood is stated BY Planned Parenthood. That's 3% of all visits to all Planned Parenthood locations.
        – The other 97% of visits to Planned Parenthood are comprised of STD testing, cancer screening, giving out contraceptives and various services for women's health, many of which are provided free or very cheap as a result of the federal funding. So, if you agree with cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, you are directly harming people who seek and need those services.

        On the more opinionated side: What's your problem with abortions? Those who seek them probably don't have the means to care for the child, and with cuts to government spending for other programs that benefit the poor, I doubt the rest of us can pick up the tab, either. That child will be born to poverty, live in one of this nation's many and vast ghettos, and turn to a life of violence and crime for lack of a better alternative. If the mother conceives at a young age, she'll likely drop out of school and go on welfare because she doesn't have the time to get a decent education while paying bills and raising a child. That makes her AND that child she was forced to bear YOUR problem.

        It may sound grim in the short-term because no one likes the idea of ending a human life, but you already don't care what happens to that child after it's born. Why should you care what happens before? Besides, it's not like people from Planned Parenthood are going out and finding pregnant women to abort their children by force, so if somehow you take abortion as a personal attack on YOU, something else is wrong.
        ----------------
        I know, long rant, but I feel like the conversation on this has stalled because A) those who are pro-choice don't articulate their ideas and B) those who are pro-life can't get past the idea of "Abortions = Wrong" without asking themselves, with a long-term view in mind, why it's wrong.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • JJ

        ?mamograham? LOL. get a dictionary and a clue.

        April 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • bam

        "Yeah, 3% seems to be a small number." and its a fact. but lets keep lying and say its 90% because anyone that vots for me is too dumb to know the difference between right and wrong unless one of them bibles tells me

        April 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • tommas

        Thank you: Tom, Oak, Jess C. There are way to many subjective sheep in this world and it is nice to hear someone intelligent who actually cares about the future of our country let alone our species.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • tommas

        @Turrible,
        Just food for thought: As you say "That child will be born to poverty, live in one of this nation's many and vast ghettos..". Poverty and ignorance correlate quite nicely with belief in a religion. Therefore, I predict that the christian powers that be are trying to assure future members and money (whatever these poverty stricken people can give is more then someone who is educated enough to see through their bs).

        April 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • c

        Planned Parenthood PREVENTS more abortions than any other group thru education and birth control. To say you want to block funding is the same as saying you want to increase abortions.
        For the most part Planned Parenthood doesn't do the actual abortion, but if that is the choice the patient makes they will refer you to an OB/GYN doctor in a regular hospital or clinic that will do the procedure.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • TJ

        They want to cut funding for PP and then also cut funding for welfare programs. Like these unwanted babies are going to magically take care of themselves. It takes a village to raise an unwanted fetus...

        April 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • ItsAMirage

        Imagine a Presidential ticket of Stewart and Colbert. Damn they could get my vote! I bet these 2 comedians can do more that the bunch of Reps and Dems are doing now!

        Stewart & Colbert 2012
        "I signed up for what? I thought I was just ordering cable."

        April 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • DonJose

        John Kyl has an IQ.
        The above statement is not factual.

        April 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        Wow all you people who say abortions aren't wrong are a little low o the moral pole. I suppose because i fetus isn't independent it's not a person, able to be disposed of. Children aren't independent. Maybe if a parents get tired of them they should just abort them a little later? The elderly and metally retarded are generally dependent as well. With them gone, that takes care of part of the deficit. And unemployment? Maybe if people are to dependent on government, they should be aborted too. Sounds logical to me.

        April 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Billy

        Nurse...Facts, double checked by agencies. You just don't like the figures

        April 15, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |

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