This April 26 segment of The Colbert Report (CR) reflects a shift in patterns of news reporting and "status" of "fake news." On February 12, 2007, Colbert devoted 'The Word' to a story buried or unreported by almost all other news: a Defense Department report that evidences Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith's "pre-war report fabricating a link between Saddam and Al-Qaeda…" which Colbert further describes as "manipulated intelligence." In April, NPR replayed Stephen Colbert's report on Feith. Feith then demanded a correction from NPR. Colbert is thus forced to "apologize" as we see in this clip: "I'm sorry. Feith is right. I did say 'manipulated' when I should have said quote 'produced alternative intelligence assessments' in a manner that was quote 'inappropriate.' Huge difference!" What are some salient observations of "fake news" recognized as legitimate or influential enough to warrant correction? (1) The Daily Show (TDS) and The Colbert Report offer more than humorous relief: these court jesters speak truth to power in forms that bite both politicians and media. (2) Claims about media effects and social science remain problematic: You can either cite the recent stat that viewers of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report rank number 1 in the "best informed American public (Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, April 16 2007) or—if worried we're laughing our way into doomsday—you can cite the questionable 2006 study on the so-called 'Daily Show Effect' by two academics which claims that TDS breeds cynicism and lowers young voters’ “trust in national leaders." (3) Without question, the sociable web is a place where counterpublics flourish and disseminate ideas that trickle up and across viral nature of the networks with effectiveness where we least expect it. Despite all shortcomings of our intermediaries Colbert and Stewart, one must admit they aim at more than the laugh: political satire has reached new heights in this age of repression, influencing news makers and striving—unlike much of the press—to hold officials accountable. — See Crooks and Liars February 13 2007 for Colbert segment on Feith. — See www.meganboler.net for more on satire, dissent, and current three-year research on "Rethinking Media and Democracy."