Then he retweeted a message to him with a link to a story that said it wasn't a real MLK quote. And he explained what happened.pennjillette Penn Jillette"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." - Martin Luther King, Jr
Then @treelobsters started with fake quotes. This is my favorite part. The second one is gold.pennjillette Penn JilletteI checked a long quote from MLK's "Strength to love" 1963 that spoke to some of my feelings, then I cut and pasted an altered hunk. Sorry.
treelobsters Tree Lobsters!"I've never wished a man dead but, dude, this guy was a serious dick." #FakeMarkTwainQuote
And finally @treelobsters tweeted a link to a salon.com article scolding Penn Jillette for starting this misquote that got repeated all day. This is where it gets silly. It accuses him of being disrespectful to Dr. King. How?! This topic was more interesting when it was a joke. Now I just feel bad that Penn Jillette is wasting a day on damage control from good intentions.
I leave you with this quote. A real one. I checked with Stephen Leacock, 1980. He can't actually verify it, but he will back me up if salon.com attacks me for it.
"A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better." - Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist, 1869-1944*UPDATE: CNN put up an article about the same thing today with more details on the misquoted Mark Twain.