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The Trump administration has declared war on the mainstream media and for a good reason. The Progressive Media Complex has had its way for far too long, deliberately bending the narrative to the Left, inserting opinion and passing it off as reporting, and even stealth editing content to fit the agenda of the day. At the front lines of the battle is current White House press secretary Sean Spicer whose first appearance before the press corps on Saturday made it clear that the American public is sick of being lied to and will be keeping tabs on every misstep. <!–more–>

But even though the media is now on high alert, ABC News broke the cardinal rule of journalism on Monday night during <em>Nightline</em> when it blatantly misquoted George W. . Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer to make him sound more critical of Spicer’s performance which many in the media complained broke protocol norms.

<a href=”http://www.mediaite.com/tv/abc-news-apologizes-after-editing-former-bush-spoxs-praise-of-sean-spicer-to-sound-like-attack/”>Mediaite</a> has the altered Fleischer “quote” as it appeared on the program:
<blockquote>“[Spicer’s] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”</blockquote>
But that’s not what he said at all and Fleischer called out the deception on Twitter:
<blockquote>@Nightline proves Spicer right about MSM’s dedication to negativity. Here is what I told them in a taped interview: 1/4

“It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday, Sean recovered it and ran for a 1st down on Monday.” 2/4

Here is how they chopped my quote: “It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday” after ABC referred to “deliberate falsehoods.” 3/4

If this is how the press reports, Trump is right to go after them. 4/4</blockquote>
ABC News issued a correction, saying Fleischer’s quote “was shortened and as a result his opinions mischaracterized.”  They promised to amend the piece and apologized for their “regretful error.”

But why should we believe them? This isn’t their first, and it won’t be their last. The media is controlled by the wave of New Fascism that has crept into our culture and which decides everything for us. It’s not about facts it’s about being first, and the more sensational, the better. Lies sell, and the truth is optional.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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