During Monday evening’s Nightline on ABC, a quote by the former press secretary to President George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, was edited to make him sound extra critical of Sean Spicer, the current White House press secretary.
Indeed, Fleischer wasn’t overly impressed by Spicer’s first appearance before the press pool on Saturday when the mainstream media was put on notice for its negative spin on the Trump administration. However, he was complimentary of Spicer’s second appearance on Monday, but ABC News didn’t want anyone to know that. So, snip, it goes on the cutting room floor.
During the broadcast, Nightline quoted Fleischer as saying, “[Spicer’s] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”
Lie. That’s not what he said. Fleischer clarified on Twitter what he DID say:
"It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday, Sean recovered it and ran for a 1st down on Monday."
Here is how they chopped my quote: "It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday" after ABC referred to "deliberate falsehoods."
It’s funny how big media likes to blame fake news on the fringe, conservative outlets and yet, participate so openly.
The former press secretary asked ABC News to issue a correction, and they did along with an apology:
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. We are fixing the piece online to include his full quote and context. We apologize and regret the error.
Fleischer said it's good to call the media out: “If this is how the press reports, Trump is right to go after them.”
“Nightline proves Spicer right about MSM's dedication to negativity,” Fleischer added on Twitter, noting his interviewed was taped and could’ve been reviewed for accuracy.