When CBS announced Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s successor on the “Late Show,” speculation immediately surfaced over what that meant. Mr. Colbert quickly answered the question with a release through his publicist, stating, “I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. But the question now is: Will his core fans – passionate members of the Colbert nation, a cohort that skews younger than the 50-year-old Colbert and one that CBS dearly wants to woo – be as eager to find out as well? “CBS is taking an incredible risk,” says Paul Levinson, a professor at Fordham University in New York and author of “New New Media.” “The only reason Colbert is successful and people love him is because they love the satirical character he plays on Comedy Central.”
PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft Thursday detected what may be the fifth signal coming from a man-made device deep in the Indian Ocean, adding to hopes that searchers will soon pinpoint the object's location and send down a robotic vehicle to confirm if it is a black box from the missing Malaysian jet.
The real reason modern politics so often seems to surprise those of us who practice or follow it closely isn’t because we lack for reams of granular data culled from the research of political scientists, or because we’re locked away in Washington and have no idea what’s going on in the rest of the country. It’s because we apply the wrong context to the question.