Thursday, January 26, 2017

Busted: ABC News Apologizes ...

Former press secretary for President George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, was interviewed by ABC News's “Nightline” and said he believes that Spicer did a good clean up job after the Saturday briefing:

“It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday, Sean recovered it and ran for a first down.”

However, when ABC News aired the segment, part of Fleischer's quote was cut off, altering Fleischer's opinion:

“[Spicer’s Saturday] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”

After noticing the edit, Fleischer tweeted his original quote:

Then blasted ABC News for manipulating his quote and said, “If this is how the press reports, Trump is right to go after them”

Hours after Fleischer's tweets, ABC News released a correction to the story:

"Nightline aired a segment Monday night about the first three days of the new administration including Sean Spicer’s statement to the press on Saturday. As part of the report, we interviewed former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. In editing the piece for air, his quote was shortened and as a result his opinions mischaracterized.