Oops: Mainstream journalists issue mocking correction of Ted Cruz – but he was right

by Peter Heck · Feb 10th, 2021 8:19 pm

Last Updated Feb 12th, 2021 at 11:40 am

Following the second day of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the proceedings were like Shakespeare, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Shortly after his remarks, NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell took to Twitter to condescendingly correct Cruz.

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin chimed in with a dig of her own.

Even NPR and People reporter Amy Eskind joined in the media pile-on.

But despite the criticism, Cruz's attribution of the quote to Shakespeare was correct. In Act 5 of the Shakespearian classic "Macbeth," the title character delivers his renowned "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" soliloquy after being informed of Lady Macbeth's death:

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

It is true that Faulkner used the phrase - after lifting it from Shakespeare. As of this writing, Mitchell had not issued an apology or correction to her tweet.

UPDATE: Mitchell tweeted her mea culpa later Wednesday evening:


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