Last night White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first press briefing where he combatively chastised reporters for lying about crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s inauguration and insisted “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration–period–both in person and around the globe!” The following is an exchange this morning on Meet the Press between host, Chuck Todd and new adviser to Mr. Trump, Kellyanne Conway:
Conway: “On this matter of crowd size, I think it is a symbol of the unfair and incomplete treatment that this president often receives.”
Todd: “You did not answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.”
Conway: “No it doesn’t. Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”
Todd: Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four out of five facts he uttered were just not true!”
Yes. We have truly fallen down the rabbit hole folks! I don’t know if I feel more like this:
Does anyone want to place bets on the phrase “alternative facts” being added to the dictionary by the end of 2017?
Merriam-Webster just responded via Twitter by reminding everyone *Cough, cough. That means YOU Kelleyanne!* that: “A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” Hmm. Maybe Kelleyanne was thinking of FACTICIDE which the folks at Merriam-Webster defines as “perversion of fact” or “a perverter of fact”.
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