Thank God my kids didn’t know that term. They might not have survived to adulthood. I’m kidding, but only a little bit.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday by saying that he had presented “alternative facts” about the crowd size at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. During an interview on “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd asked Conway why Spicer felt the need to berate the press during the weekend for accurately reporting that Trump’s crowd sizes were dwarfed by the attendance at President Obama’s 2008 inauguration.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck” Conway said. “What you’re saying, it’s a falsehood. … Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”
“Wait a minute,” Todd fired back, “Alternative facts? … Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.” (My criticism of Todd is that they are NOT “falsehoods”; they are lies!)
The current administration’s strategy of saying that the “media” is “dishonest” is deliberately designed to cause the public to doubt the TRUTH and, instead, consider their version of “alternative facts.” This is a dangerous mindset because it doesn’t allow supporters or opponents to consider honestly the pros and cons of substantive issues.
People have been stupefied that the president and his emissaries have been arguing with the media about the size of crowds at the inauguration. The real stupidity, however, is to miss the game that is being played. The payment will come when the issue is MUCH more important than the number of people in a crowd.
Thanks to social media, we all have the capacity to speak truth to power. The question is will we?
Rev. Michael Piazza