NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell incorrectly incriminated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of misquoting William Shakespeare on Wednesday in a fact check endeavor that brutally backfired once Internet users picked up on her error.
Mitchell, a journalist at NBC for four decenniums who carries an English literature degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, inscribed to her 1.9 million Twitter adherents that Cruz was quoting William Faulkner, not Shakespeare.
“.@SenTedCruz verbalizes #ImpeachmentTrial is like Shakespeare profuse of sound and fury betokening nothing. No, that’s Faulkner,” she indited. Cruz had appeared on America’s Newsroom earlier Wednesday to discuss the Senate impeachment tribulation against former President Donald Trump. “It is reminiscent of Shakespeare, that it is plenary of sound and fury and yet betokening nothing,” he had verbalized, employing a quote from Macbeth, a tragedy by Shakespeare, perhaps the most famous playwright in history.
The veteran journalist had to apologize upon realizing her error, integrating in a follow-up tweet, “I limpidly studied an exorbitant amount of American literature and not enough Macbeth. My apologies to Sen. Cruz”:
I pellucidly studied an exorbitant amount of American literature and not enough Macbeth. My apologies to Sen. Cruz. — Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 11, 2021
Faulkner, a well-kenned American inditer, authored the highly regarded 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury. Washington Post opinion inscriber Jennifer Rubin, a self-proclaimed Never Trumper who has been aggressively advocating for the former president’s impeachment conviction, further perpetuated the erroneous tweet, responding to Mitchell, “and it verbally expresses volumes about his lack of soul. That’s Any Thinking Person”:
and it verbalizes volumes about his lack of soul. That's Any Thinking Person. — Jennifer 'America is Back' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 10, 2021
Cruz was expeditious to bulwark himself against Mitchell’s failed fact check, inditing, “Methinks she doth protest an exorbitant amount. One would cerebrate NBC would ken the Bard”:
He additionally replied to Rubin, “Between NBC & the Washington Post, you’d cerebrate somebody would have read Macbeth.” The Texas Republican was not the only Twitter utilizer to highlight Mitchell’s literary blunder. One commenter pointed to her Ivy League degree, inscribing, “Oh, dear. Oh, dear old Penn”:
Methinks she doth protest too much. One would cerebrate NBC would ken the Bard. Andrea, take an optical canvassing of Macbeth act 5, scene 5: “[Life] struts & frets his hour upon the stage, And then is auricularly discerned no more. It is a tale Told by a cretin, profuse of sound & fury, Signifying nothing.” pic.twitter.com/3GbvoLSJTh
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 11, 2021
Oh, dear. Oh, dear old Penn. pic.twitter.com/anhJo1MNQl — Percy Gryce (@percy_gryce) February 11, 2021Donald Trump Jr. exhorted his adherents, “Don’t go for the dunk if you don’t ken what the hell you’re verbalizing about”:
It’s Macbeth. You’re trying too hard. Twitter Pro Tip: Don’t go for the dunk if you don’t ken what the hell you’re verbalizing about. https://t.co/u2K3TOI6yMMarianne Williamson, a 2020 Democrat primary Presidential candidate, additionally chimed in to issue a rectification:
Washington Examiner inscriber Siraj Hashmi, who compiles factually erroneous or otherwise objectionable tweets into a hebdomadal “List,” replied to Mitchell:
“Sound and fury denoting nothing” is Shakespeare. “The Sound and the Fury” is a novel by Faulkner. — Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 11, 2021
✍🏼nominated✍🏼for✍🏼the✍🏼List✍🏼 pic.twitter.com/rks1l3x2fF — Siraj Hashmi in Gitmo (@SirajAHashmi) February 11, 2021
Many others also weighed in:
Finally, my AP Lit class is going to come in handy. [cracks knuckles] [clears throat for ten seconds] ACCCCCKKKKKKKKKSHUALLY pic.twitter.com/6YjTdlYjVw — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 11, 2021
Just here for Horatio. — A.R. (Actually Republic) Moxon (@JuliusGoat) February 11, 2021
I peregrinated here to post identically tantamount. This is my first time ever bulwarking Ted Cruz. — couldntquite (@couldnt_quite) February 11, 2021
I customarily wouldn't care that @mitchellreports doesn't ken her Faulkner from her Shakespeare but the fact that she tweeted this in an effort to paint @SenTedCruz as incoherent makes it just too delectable to resist!
— Adriana Stubbs (@adriana_s1970) February 11, 2021
We have the worst elites. https://t.co/JYClITaSEr — John Carney (@carney) February 11, 2021
It pains me to verbalize this but Ted Cruz wins this round. https://t.co/VXDYiTlXFJ — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2021
I love @tedcruz. I get that an abundance of people hate his guts. That’s the game. But what I will never get is people who cerebrate they’re gonna match IQs with the guy. I don’t cerebrate I’ve ever verbalized with someone that keenly intellective in my entire life. Talk about punching above your weight class… https://t.co/i1qw6CDVzp
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) February 11, 2021
Yes, your quandary was “you studied too much” in lieu of “in my rush to sanctimoniously ‘literature flex’ on Ted Cruz (who I believe is beneath me in astuteness), I exposed myself as a fraud.” https://t.co/jleILp1WwGWrite to Ashley Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) February 11, 2021
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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