How lies become truths
As a Republican PR person, you pick up the phone. Call a friend at The Washington Post (it helps if they are someone who is charged primarily with the task of keeping the paper honest). Your WaPo ombudsman friend prints the lie in the Washington Post. You are now free to put that reference in an email to all supporters asking for more money to combat evil Democrats.
In order to find the real truth, you have to become a paranoid conspiracy theorist and read a blog.