Consumer Protection In The Marketplace Of Ideas: A Proposal To Extend The News Distortion Doctrine To Cable Television News Programs

The above quotes may be unfamiliar to the reader. If one is unfamiliar with Lincoln’s unequivocal support for slavery, Teddy Roosevelt’s defense of mild manners, or Kennedy’s exhortation to the public to request as much from the government as possible, fear not. The fault lies not with the reader, but the author. The reader is unfamiliar with these quotes because they simply do not exist – at least not as reproduced above. Abraham Lincoln did use the words “slavery is not wrong.” However, the context of the quote is missing. Lincoln actually said, “If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.” Roosevelt did say, “speak softly,” but the entire quote is, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Finally, the Kennedy quote is missing a key word. The full quote is, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”