"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
In the world of fake news, now we also have “alternative facts.”
NBC’s Chuck Todd invited Kellyanne Conway on Meet the Press to ask her about yesterday’s press conference, in which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer berated the press for accurately reporting on the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd. Todd had one question for her: why did Trump’s administration feel the need to dispatch Spicer to tell the press lies about Trump’s crowd size that were easily proven false? His question never got answered.
“Chuck, the President did many things yesterday and the day before that are meaningful to America,” Conway began, before pivoting. When she finally got to Spicer’s statement about the number of attendees at Trump’s inauguration Friday, it was only to remind Todd about all of the counties and votes that Trump won on Election Night.
“I’m about things that are quantifiable and important,” she said as she sidestepped a question about something quantifiable and important.
When Todd once again reiterated his original question, she said that Spicer had provided “alternative facts,” as opposed to just plain facts.
“Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true,” Todd replied. “‘Alternative facts’ are not facts.”
When Todd called Spicer’s lies “ridiculous,” Conway ominously intimated that if news outlets continue to ask these kinds of questions and behave in this way, the Trump administration would have to “rethink our relationship” with the press.
I hope the press gets petty and just asks repeatedly: Is that a fact or an alternative fact? #conway #spicer #alternativefacts— Amanda Seppanen (@AmandaSeppanen) January 22, 2017
now they're lying about what lies are. #AlternativeFacts— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) January 22, 2017
I've lost every pound of the baby weight. #alternativefacts— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) January 22, 2017
[See #AlternativeFacts for more Twitter responses.]