More on the Daily Show tip. The Onion AV Club has a pretty good interview with former Daily Show contributor and "correspondent" Steven Colbert. In it, he discusses his opionions on truthiness, Bill O'Reilly, his new show, playing D&D as a kid, and more.
I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the president because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?Link