I once posted a quote by Thomas Jefferson. It was one I quite liked and was widely credited to Jefferson. I saw it quoted in a book I was reading at the time.
Turns out, the quote never came from Jefferson’s mouth (or quill, as it were). Some bloggers on the left [mockingly] brought it to my attention, and, after confirming through some research, I quickly (the very same day) issued a correction and fixed the original post to reflect that the quote’s author was indeed unknown. Frankly, I was a bit embarrassed to have posted something incorrect and there was no way I would have left it up untouched.
Yesterday, a quote was posted and featured in the #Politics tag. Unlike the Jefferson quote, this one was very clearly misattributed to Jon Stewart - as I explain here - for the sole purpose of gaining popularity. And popular it is: garnering over 6,000 notes in less than a day.
But instead of correcting the quote, we get petulance from its originator on tumblr who said he would continue to attribute it to Stewart “until the matter was settled.” Problem is, the matter was settled even before he posted it. And it is more than settled now - yet the credit to Stewart remains. Another blogger won’t correct it because “it still rings true” no matter who said it. Yet another blogger who once claimed that what separates lefties from everyone else is “when we get information wrong we have the integrity to correct ourselves immediately.” Well, that quote remains attributed to Jon Stewart on his blog as well…
Is fabricating quotes and sticking by their fabrication the rhetorical tactic du jour?
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- tjslater said: This is typical of the left. Their existence relies on distorting reality. Punish and malign the productive, spend your way out of debt, etc etc.
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- jgreendc said: Human weakness is a two way street. Nice post.
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