This week has been awful for CNN and it’s only Wednesday. As if the doxxing story wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now been caught pushing a false quote from Abraham Lincoln.
The Federalist has the story:
CNN Just Published A Fake Quote From Abraham Lincoln
CNN tweeted out quotes from notable Americans for the Fourth of July. Here was one of the quotes they tweeted from Abraham Lincoln:
Happy #FourthOfJuly from CNN Politics!
Celebrate America and its freedoms this Independence Day. pic.twitter.com/x4XAdWEOl2
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 4, 2017
The quote, which is also displayed at the Newseum, was interpreted as yet another attack from the media giant against the president. The Independent ran a story about it headlined, “CNN taunts Trump on July 4 with Abraham Lincoln quote on facts: The post did not mention the President, but it was obvious who it was directed at.”
Critic and playwright Terry Teachout had a funny feeling about the quote. He asked Quote Investigator, the research operation headed by Garson O’Toole, to look into it: “This quote, though familiar, looks suspicious to me. Any thoughts?”
Three hours later, Quote Investigator had found a quote with some similarities, and some differences, to the one being put out by CNN:
— Quote Investigator (@QuoteResearch) July 5, 2017
CNN/Newseum’s version: “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”
Report from contemporaneous individual: “Let them know the truth, and the country is safe.”
What is it going to take for CNN to get its act together?