“A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Sorry, not Mark Twain’s.

TwainThis is the business plan of certain “right-wing’ television networks that call themselves “news” outlets. The saying has been widely attributed to Mark Twain, but apparently this did not originate with him:

A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

- This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but it has never been verified as originating with Twain. This quote may have originated with Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) who attributed it to an old proverb in a sermon delivered on Sunday morning, April 1, 1855. Spurgeon was a celebrated English fundamentalist Baptist preacher. His words were: “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”

He did write this, however, which OTL,S! favors:

It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

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