Yes, Ms. Conway has owned up to part of this mistake and said she was referring to the “Bowling Green Terrorists”. However, the point of her message was to justify Trump’s ban by saying that Obama had done something similar. The whole attempt fell flat on its face because:
1. There was no Bowling Green Massacre
2. The terrorists were not planning an attack in the U.S., but were planning to ship weapons to Iraq
3. Obama’s administration did not at any time place a ban on refugees from Iraq. They did however review vetting procedures for Iraqi refugees and Special Immigrant Visa applicants in 2011, which slowed down the process.
I can see how one could make a mistake on live TV and say “Massacre” instead of “Terrorist”. Totally. Almost. Anyway, that doesn’t address the rest of the issue; the total basis for the statement was untrue. But of course, we don’t use the word “lie” anymore, do we?
Another case of "alternative facts" perhaps?