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Conway appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, where she referenced the recent mix-up on film’s biggest night where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly presented the best picture Oscar to La La Land instead of Moonlight.
Conway was asked the meaning of saying “alternative facts,” in defense of a false statement communicated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the size of the audience at the presidential inauguration. Conway told CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, “It was alternative information and additional facts and that got conflated. I see mistakes on TV every single day and people just brush them off. Everybody thinks it’s just so funny that the wrong movie was heralded as the winner of the Oscars. You say, ‘Oh well, that’s just all in good fun. Things happen.’ Well, things happen to everyone.”
Conway also called her mention of the nonexistent “Bowling Green Massacre” an “honest mistake.”
O’Donnell later asked Conway about the Saturday Night Live skit where castmember Kate McKinnon portrayed Conway as a stalker who breaks into the home of CNN anchor/correspondent Jake Tapper and seduces him in a desperate attempt to appear on live TV.
“Look, people really got outraged about that particular skit. I had people right, left and center coming to my quote ‘defense,’ and saying it was over the top. But it also was untrue,” replied Conway, who expressed that she’s now trying to keep a lower profile and cut her screen time, particularly with the transition to Washington being hard on her children.
“People should not look at me as somebody who quote ‘goes on TV’ … that was five percent of what I did,” said Conway (whose talked-about Gucci red and blue outfit is shown still hanging in her office). “It’s kind of weird. I’m not a celebrity. I’m just a pollster who happened to become a campaign manager.”
Watch the full interview below.
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