User:Ningauble/Wikiquote in the news/ITN2012-04-19

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Whatever it means

Commentator Charlie Jane Anders ("How to Fake Being An Expert in Any Major Media Character, In 7 Easy Steps", io9, 6 February 2012) offers this advice: "Step 6. Memorize a few key phrases: You don't need to know what they mean — you just need to be able to spout them on cue, when someone brings up the character. [...] Wikiquote is your friend."

— Just between friends, you don't even need to worry about whether they mean anything.
Call of duty

Mark Steyn ("Who's Obama sneering at?", The Orange County Register, 16 March 2012 updated 19 March 2012) had some fun with Barak Obama's 15 March 2012 speech at Prince George's Community College, in which the president poked fun at some historical shortsighted perspectives, noting that "the entire passage sounded as if it was plucked straight from one of those 'Top Twenty Useful Quotes for Forward-Looking Inspirational Speakers' websites. And whaddayaknow? Rutherford B. Hayes, the TV flash in the pan, the horse is here to stay – they're all at the Wikiquote page on 'Incorrect Predictions.' Fancy that!"

— If our president (or his speechwriter) needs us, we are proud to serve.
What he said

Urban legend researcher Brian Cronin ("Did 'Bull Durham' misquote Walt Whitman on baseball?", Los Angeles Times, 28 March 2012) thanks Wikiquote for pointing out a dubious quote, quotes our attribution note in full, and offers his opinion on the origin of the paraphrase.

— Thanks Brian. The Walt Whitman article has been updated accordingly.

~ Reported by Ningauble (talk) 18:39, 19 April 2012 (UTC)