It’s no secret the main stream media is doing everything it can to undermine the Trump administration. If not blatantly lying to the public, they’re attempting to distort facts to mislead. Never has the media establishment been so openly hostile to a sitting American president.
The latest example of media abandoning all journalist standards involves ABC. The outlet edited a clip of former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer making him appear critical of Sean Spicer.
From The Hill:
ABC News apologized late Tuesday for a misleading edit around a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer that portrayed him as being harshly critical of President Trump press secretary Sean Spicer.
Fleischer made a series of tweets complaining about the error, which led to ABC’s 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.”
The original ABC quotation of Fleischer that aired on “Nightline” said: “[Spicer’s Saturday] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”Of course, the quote was taken out of context. Fleischer took to Twitter to provide context for the quote. Here’s what he actually said:
He wasn’t done. From there, he went on to blast ABC for misleading the public:
Predictably, ABC claims that it was simply an unintentional error. However, the way the press has covered Donald Trump makes one skeptical of the claim this was an honest mistake. After all, this isn’t the first time the press has used creative editing to make President Trump look bad.
At this point, it seems unlikely President Trump is going to get a fair shake from the media. Thankfully, Fleischer called them out this time, but the next attempt to mislead is surely around the corner.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]