“Wait a minute — ‘alternative facts’?” Mr. Todd asked Ms. Conway on “Meet the Press.” “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
#24 / Alternative Facts
Kellyanne Conway (pictured above), one of our new President's top advisors, came out fighting on a Sunday television interview. Defending a much-criticized presentation by President Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, Conway also defended outlandish claims by the President himself, which she stated were perfectly accurate, because they were based on "alternative facts." As far as I know, Conway didn't actually use "air quotes" when she said that, but the picture seems to fit.
The claim that there could ever be such a thing as "alternative facts" quickly dominated the Twitter universe, and even made it to the mainstream media (as Twitter postings increasingly do).
According to a New York Times article published on Monday, Chuck Todd of NBC reacted to Conway's claim that "alternative facts" bolstered various claims by President Trump that his was the biggest and best inauguration ever:
My question is this: Why use a big word, when a little word works?
Why say "falsehoods," when "lies" is what they were.