xkcd 386 applies

John Naughton's latest column for The Observer is about online search, and how essentially broken it remains. He's not wrong. At least, not about that. But in his parting shots -- What I'm reading -- he links to a post by a Facebook executive and adds a comment about a crack from H.L. Mencken.

But it isn't Mencken. It is Upton Sinclair:

In conclusion, Upton Sinclair should receive credit for the statement he spoke and wrote in 1934. Currently, the assertion that H. L. Mencken made a similar remark is unsupported. William Jennings Bryan wrote a thematically related comment in 1893.

At least, that's what my diligent use of a search engine (goaded by my memory) tells me.

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