The Misquotation Olympics

THE MISQUOTATION OLYMPICS….It would appear that Commentary’s Gabriel Schoenfeld is trying to compete for the world title in selective misquoting. Original quote here. Schoenfeld version here. Dismayed reaction here.

On the other hand, Schoenfeld has some serious competition from Stanford’s David Kennedy, who opened his review of Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal with an obscure century-old quote that was not just gratuitously insulting, but actually meant exactly the opposite of what he said it meant. Brad DeLong explains here.

Is this the latest thing in opinon writing? Not to merely misquote, but to twist meanings a full 180 degrees? Sounds like a fun game. Maybe I’ll give it a try myself.

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