During NBC News’ coverage Wednesday of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump, propagandist anchor Andrea Mitchell thought she caught Sen. Ted Cruz in a literary gaffe and seized the opportunity to embarrass him publicly — but in the process she humiliated herself.
Cruz had said that the trial was like something out of Shakespeare, “full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.” Mitchell took to Twitter to correct him: “@SenTedCruz says #ImpeachmentTrial is like Shakespeare full of sound and fury signifying nothing. No, that’s Faulkner.”
No, it’s Shakespeare. The title of Faulkner’s novel The Sound and the Fury was taken from Macbeth. It is stunning that Mitchell, herself an English literature major in college, would not know this. Evidently she was so eager to pounce on Cruz for his “illiteracy” and shame him over it that she didn’t even bother to do a 5-second internet check to confirm it. Neither did Jennifer Rubin, WaPo‘s supposed “conservative” contributor, who added, “and it says volumes about his lack of soul.” Actually, it says more about Rubin’s lack of education.
Mitchell’s “self-own” made for very entertaining social media fodder. “Poor Andrea. Not quite the dunk you thought it would be,” wrote one Twitterer. Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted, “Twitter Pro Tip: Don’t go for the dunk if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wrote, “Imagine thinking you are dunking on Cruz here by showing your complete ignorance of a little old play ‘Macbeth.’”
Mitchell subsequently apologies to Cruz on Twitter.