In certain households, the word “lie” is forbidden. Instead, phrases such “tell a story” or “misleading” are used. It appears that the United States of America has adopted the policy and created a new term to use – “alternative facts.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer came under fire for making multiple false claims during a press conference this past weekend about Trump’s inauguration. For example, instead of owning up to only around 250,000 people showing up – compared to more than 1 million for President Obama – he accused members of the media of releasing false numbers and misleading images.
Spicer went as far as to say “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Which simply isn’t true.
In a later interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway attempted to cover up the blatant lies made by the new press secretary during his first ever trip to the podium.
“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” she said.
Pause. Facts, as in indisputable, objective pieces of true information, can not have alternatives. The alternative of a fact is, by definition, a falsehood.
According to CNN, Spicer was instructed by the president to spin the truth about the inauguration. Unfortunately, the situation quickly went out of their control. Twitter caught wind of #altenativefacts and the rest is hilarious history.
Hillary is president right now. I choose to believe this. #alternativefacts
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 22, 2017
Kids, if your elitist teacher marks all your answers wrong on a science test, just point out that you were stating alternative facts.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 23, 2017
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 23, 2017
Icebergs are disappearing because polar bears are eating them #alternativefacts
— David Belz (@dmdb44) January 23, 2017
— Jorge Santisteban (@JoSantisteban) January 23, 2017
— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) January 22, 2017
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