NBC’s Mitchell apologizes after wrongly correcting Cruz Shakespeare reference


NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday apologized for wrongly correcting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about the source of the quote “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” 

“@SenTedCruzsays #ImpeachmentTrial is like Shakespeare full of sound and fury signifying nothing. No, that’s Faulkner,” Mitchell tweeted.

The quote “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” appears in the fifth act of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” William Faulkner’s 1929 Southern Gothic novel derives its title from the quote.

“I clearly studied too much American literature and not enough Macbeth. My apologies to Sen. Cruz,” Mitchell said in a follow-up tweet, after numerous tweets correcting her.


Cruz also responded, citing the soliloquy the quote derives from and mocking a reply from Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin that also appeared unaware of its origins.

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