Alternative facts, parallel universes, and Trumplandia


Parallel universe by Scary Side of Earth, published under Creative Commons license

Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway gave us a new category on Meet the Press this morning: “alternative facts.” Alternative facts look like sci-fi’s alternate realities or parallel universes, described in Wikipedia as “a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one’s own…. A universe where the very laws of nature are different …” That seems like a useful description of Trumplandia.

Conway was answering Meet the Press host Chuck Todd’s question about why White House press secretary Sean Spicer lied in his January 21 statement about the inauguration crowds.

“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck.” Conway sniipped. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and … Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”

Todd, being a creature of this universe, seemed appalled. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? … Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, alternative facts are not facts.”

I’m not even going to try to fact check every lie that Trump and his minions utter. But once again – here are three good sources for fact-checking from my earlier post on do-it-yourself fact checking:

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