ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Issues Correction After Misrepresenting Fleischer to Make Him Seem More Critical of Spicer


On Tuesday, ABC’s “Nightline” issued a correction for mischaracterizing a statement made by former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to make it seem as though Fleischer was more critical of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer than he actually was.

In the portion of his taped interview broadcast on Monday’s “Nightline,” Fleischer said, “His briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks to me as if the ball dropped on Saturday.”

The day after, Fleischer then took to Twitter, and alleged that ABC chopped him saying, “It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday, Sean recovered it and ran for a 1st down on Monday.” Into “It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”

ABC issued a correction, saying that “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.”

(h/t Mediaite)

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