"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes," wrote Mark Twain. The quotation is documented on p. 35 of Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations.
Scott Johnson, The Big Trunk of PowerLine, referenced a Mark Twain quotation about the speed of lies vs. truth the other day, with a quotable quote of his own critiquing
John John John Kerry's acceptance speech:
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on, goes Churchill's version, "attributed" but not "sourced" in Wikiquote's "Quotations by Winston Churchill," and while it is not listed under "Famous quotes and stories" at The Churchill Centre, neither is it listed there under "Quotes Falsely Attributed." (Yousuff Karsh photo December 1941)
But now, as we blogged here the other day, the blogosphere may be turning the Twain/Churchill formula on its head. In that instance, it was the Sandy Berger Trousergate scandal, where bloggers took early AP reports and ran with them, while the New York Times hadn't had time -- indeed had no inclination -- to get its pants on. Let's hope bloggers will give truth a similar assist with regard to waffles à la Kerry in the countdown to November 2.
Update: According to Scott Johnson, "SISSY RULES." Thank you, sir, for your kind words.