MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell rose as the queen of condescension as she incorrectly fact-checks Ted Cruz over a Shakespeare quote.
Sen. Ted Cruz commented about the impeachment trial, quoting a part from Macbeth’s, “It’s reminiscent of Shakespeare [in] that it is full of sound and fury, and yet signifying nothing.”
Mitchell apparently lost in the reference. “No, that’s Faulkner,” wrote the anchor in a tweet.
Mitchell must have been referring to William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, a 1929 Southern gothic novel. The leftists were then quick to pick up Mitchell’s false fact-checking and jumped on to criticize the senator.
One user said that the senator is a Canadian, and what would he know about Southern literature. Another noted that Cruz obviously only read the cliff notes versions. The commenters piled up, believing Mitchell’s “fact-check” and never bothered to look it up too.
It isn’t a disgrace not recognizing even a famous Shakespeare line. Still, it’s ironic for an anchor, a journalist even, to not do her own research and avoid being shamed in public.
Mitchell might not be aware of how dangerous her position as a media woman could be. Imagine having 10,000 likes in a tweet that’s about lies. The scary part is that the same 10,000 do not know Macbeth and never bothered to check.
Soon, Mitchell was brutally mocked by the real fact-checkers.
“Oh dear Andrea, this tweet is a Scottish tragedy,” reacted Annie Gowen, a Washington Post correspondent.
“Faulkner wrote the book ‘The Sound and the Fury.’ But the phrase comes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: ‘It is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ The whole passage is beautiful,” said New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
“Unless Faulkner predates #MacBeth, @tedcruz wins this round,” declared Daily Caller editor Virginia Kruta.
Sen. Cruz then goaded Mitchell and roasted her some more, to which the MSNBC anchor eventually retreated and apologized.