Look who’s getting hoaxed now

By WND Staff

Barbra Streisand wasn’t the only one caught citing phony William Shakespeare passages to make a point about the immorality of President Bush’s saber-rattling over Iraq.

Internet pioneer Matt Drudge nailed Streisand for reciting made-up Shakespeare lines before thousands at a National Democratic Gala in Hollywood Sunday.

“To make her case not to go to war against Iraq, Streisand quoted extensively from William Shakespeare – but the quotes were from a William Shakespeare hoax that has been circulating on the Internet,” Drudge reported.

But check out the latest cartoon from three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad at MSNBC. There you will see one of the media’s most celebrated editorial-page artists falling for the same hoax.

Ironically, Streisand told the crowd in Hollywood: “We have the facts on our side, the truth on our side.”

“You know, really good artists have a way of being relevant in their time … but great artists are relevant anytime,” she said leading up to the recitation of the bogus Shakespeare lines. “So, in the words of William Shakespeare, ‘Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. … And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly do. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.'”

Conrad, too, faithfully recorded those precise words in his cartoon, distributed to newspapers nationwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

Streisand was still recovering from a scoop broken by Drudge days ago that revealed her confidential memo to congressional leaders – one rife with spelling errors. Streisand explains on her website that she dictated the memo to one of her employees.