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24 January 2017 - The Era of "Alternative Facts"

Lies, Damned Lies, and Amazing New Euphemisms for Lying
Katy Waldman (Slate, 23/01/2017)

On Sunday, Trump counselor and Vaseline salesperson Kellyanne Conway added “philosopher king” to her long list of job titles. In an interview on Meet the Press, Conway proposed a handy heuristic framework for thinking about Sean Spicer’s performance at the podium, wherein he insisted that Friday’s inauguration crowd “was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” Asked why President Donald Trump directed “the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood,” Conway chided Todd for being “overly dramatic.” Spicer, she explained, was merely presenting “alternative facts.”

“Alternative facts?” Todd spluttered. “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”

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Press Briefing
 
Delusions Or Deceptions? White House 'Alternative Facts' Rile Press
David Folkenflik (NPR, 23/01/2017)
 
A bit more than a decade ago, President George W. Bush's press secretary, Scott McClellan, found his credibility in tatters after it became clear he had misled reporters about the leaking of the name of a CIA operative.

Even though he arguably had been set up by less-than-forthright White House aides, McClellan resigned some months later.

Why? Establishing trust between the White House press secretary and the reporters he or she works with every day is critical.

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Kellyanne Conway
 
White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones.
Nicholas Fandos (The New york Times, 22/01/2017)
 
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd.

She made this assertion — which quickly went viral on social media — a day after Mr. Trump and Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, had accused the news media of reporting falsehoods about the inauguration and Mr. Trump’s relationship with the intelligence agencies.

In leveling this attack, the president and Mr. Spicer made a series of false statements.

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Mockery
 
‘Alternative facts’ quip from top Trump aide sparks mockery
Barbara Ortutay (The Boston Globe, 24/01/2017)
 
Down is up. The sky is red. Dogs are birthing kittens. Facts? Nope. Try ‘‘alternative facts.’’

The Internet went wild after a top Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said the administration was supplying the media with ‘‘alternative facts.’’ The comment came after she was asked why Trump press secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds.

Spicer made two unprovable statements in his briefing with reporters: that photographs of the audience at Donald Trump’s inaugural were intentionally framed to minimize the appearance of support, and that Trump drew the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration. He also made statements that were quickly disproven, including an assertion that the Washington Metro system recorded more riders on the day of Trump’s inaugural than when Obama was sworn in for his second term.

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