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Posted on: May 31, 2020

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

The quote above is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain [example]. But this three-year-old New York Times article explains how it is a misquotation at best.

Through one such process… a famous person mistakenly gets credit for a quotation merely by having their name or likeness published close to the words. In another, “ventriloquy,” a statement about an individual’s work is perceived to be so apt that it is eventually confused for their own words.

Regardless of the source of the quote, it resonates with those who value facts over fiction, particularly when the latter cause harm. Since such truths plod along slowly, they need to be pushed and pulled by those who know and those who can.

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