Alternative Facts

Alternative Facts

On the first full day of the Trump Administration, we were met with the odd spectacle of a White House Press Secretary who did not take questions from the  White House press corps, but instead made claims that were demonstrably untrue.

On Day 2, Counselor the President Kellyanne Conway explained that these were not lies, they were “alternative facts“:


“How Kellyanne Conway ushered in the era of ‘alternative facts,'” Rebecca Sinderbrand, Washington Post

“‘Alternative Facts’: The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration,” David A. Graham, The Atlantic

“Sales of ’1984’ surge after Conway talks ‘alternative facts,’” Jennifer Calfas, The Hill

“Lookups for ‘fact’ spiked after Kellyanne Conway described false statements as ‘alternative facts,” Merriam-Webster Trend Watch

“‘Alternative Facts’ and the Costs of Trump-Branded Reality,” Jim Rutenberg, New York Times


“Alternative Facts,” a song by Stuart Stotts


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Top image (“Alternative Facts, after DC Comics”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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