As if the Election Cycle couldn’t become any more petty than it already was, both the media and the Trump Administration never fail to one up each other. The newest in a stream of conspiracies and scandals comes after White House Speaker Sean Spicer claimed that it was largest inauguration both viewed in person and online. Both were proven to be false. Yet, as if the blunder from Spicer wasn’t enough, in an interview, advisor Kellyanne Conway called his estimate of 1.5 million people as an example of “alternative facts” But what are “alternative facts”?
Merriam Webster wasted little time to clarify that issue, calling alternate facts “falsities”. But why call them falsities and not a straight lie? Falsities are: the fact of being untrue or insincere. The usage of falsity in the definition gives the Trump Administration the benefit of the doubt and allows the Administration to both admit the lie, but also claim the info used was not knowingly used falsely. That in and of itself is a very slippery slope which could be used to lie, and then feign ignorance. Yet, at the end of the day, an alternate fact is nothing less than a blatant lie with a ribbon wrapped on it. Kudos to the media for playing a (for once) legitimate watchdog role and calling out the Administration.
By Reagan Smith