I'm Sorry if My Falsehoods Offend You

Brian Kilmeade:

That debate is almost like our debate on training wheels. That was our debate seven weeks ago. And they can't handle the give and take of the debate. They were outraged that someone was saying that there was a reason there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn't just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

This final claim is obviously false, and evidence for Kilmeade still needing training wheels. His subsequent apology says a lot about our world and political debate:

On the show on Friday, I was talking about Bill O'Reilly appearance on the View and I said this: "Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims." Well, I misspoke. I don't believe all terrorists are Muslims. I'm sorry about that if I offended or hurt anybody's feelings. But that's it.

The equivocation is wondrous. It isn't a matter of whether Kilmeade believes "all terrorists are Muslim," nor is it a matter of whether he "hurt anybody's feelings." Either the statement is true or it isn't. But this is Colbert's truthiness at work. What matters most is that it "feels" like all terrorists are Muslims.