From Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist. On July 4, CNN Politics tweeted this:
Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe. — Abraham Lincoln
As if it endorses CNN’s fake approach to the news. Problem: The quote is fake. It’s not from any of Lincoln’s speeches or letters.
After Lincoln’s death, someone reported a conversation (also known as hearsay) in which Lincoln might have said this:
I have faith in the people. They will not consent to disunion. The danger is, they are misled. Let them know the truth, and the country is safe.
Maybe CNN meant that quote; but note how they got it wrong (or deceptively edited it?). Or there’s another quote which, some years later, a writer attributed to Lincoln:
Let the people know the facts, let them see the danger; but let every effort be made to allay public fears, to inspire the masses with confidence and hope, and, above all, to frown down every attempt to create a panic.
Translation: Lincoln would be against CNN spreading fake, false, phony stories of Trumprussia collusion.
As Hemingway puts it:
Insofar as a hearsay quote should ever be tweeted out or inscribed in walls, at least it should be accurate. Particularly when it’s about “truth” and “facts.”
When I use a quote, I google it first to make sure. It takes two minutes. Except that, if I misremembered it, then I have to submit to reality and re-shape the post. I’m a minor blogger and I do all that. But CNN couldn’t be bothered. They live on a higher plane. (cough)
UPDATE: The New York Times isn’t much better. They recently mistook a parody site as a source of North Korea government quotes.
Correction: July 4, 2017
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly a Twitter statement to the North Korean government. The North Korean government did not belittle a joint American-South Korean military exercise as “demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science,” that statement was from the DPRK News Service, a parody Twitter account.