It´s a fact – A comment on Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts

Kellyanne Conway’s public opinion on 22nd January 2017 about alternative facts being no falsehoods but facts, seems like a comedy sketch. But actually it is no joke. Conway is the current Counselor to the President for Donald Trump and it looks like she wants to support him – Politely expressed – even with speculations and how it could have happend. In other words one could say, she would lie in order to sustain Trumps statements.

But what for did Conway make up an alternative fact?

On Trumps first full day in office (21st January 2017), he visited the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters where he essentially accused the media of showing “an empty field” instead of the real crowd at his inaugural address, while he was convinced that “It looked like a million, a million and a half people,” and that his crowd “went all the way back to the Washington Monument.” Sean Spicer is the White House press secretary and communications director for President Donald Trump. On 21st January 2017 he made disproved claims about the amount of people at Trumps inaugural address: “We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.” In reality 783,000 trips were counted on Obama´s inaugural address in 2013 and 571,000 on Trump´s inaugural address in 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/22/us/politics/womens-march-trump-crowd-estimates.html?_r=0

Kellyanne Conway tried to simply make up a fact, that would proof her party says the truth, by calling yesterdays statements alternative facts.

Later on Conway argued that there is no method to quantify the amount of human beings and she criticized Todd´s allegedly intention to let the new government look laughable.
On January 29, 2017 she invented an incident called “Bowling Green massacre” to justify the ban for travel and emigration by seven Muslim-majority countries. It turned out she just “misspoke” and had only been referring to the arrest of two Iraqi nationals.

In my mind it is a waste of time to listen to people who are making up facts all the time because you will never know if whatever they say is made up or not, what might lead to the ignorence of the reality. Nevertheless it is important to know what the government does, that is why I do not think one should not listen to them. Not to listen to what they say would be equal to accept what they say.

Alternative facts

In one of our next lessons we will talk about “Newspeak” and “thoughtcrime” in Orwell’s 1984 (see also the assignment for chapter V). This video might provide us with some additional input for our discussion.

Please check out also the blogroll on the right bottom side of this blog. There you’ll find several links to interesting newspaper articles. The Washington Post article by Aaron Blake refers to the video and gives some additional insight. Soon, we’ll also talk about how to write a comment (see the respective page on this website: writing – comment) and your next homework will be to write and  publish a comment, e.g. on the above mentioned article and/or video.

It’s time for you to start publishing!!! 🙂