This is how the MSM sausage is made, courtesy of Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush press:

The New York Times, FWIW, did report the quote accurately:

“I saluted Sean at that point,” Mr. Fleischer said in an interview. “This is a longstanding and, in my view, legitimate complaint about the coverage,” referring to what he called an anti-Republican bias in the mainstream press.

“Saturday, the ball was dropped,” he added, “and on Monday, Sean recovered the ball and scored.”



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