alternative facts

alternative facts

A phrase used by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway in defense of seemingly incorrect information presented by the White House press secretary about the size of the crowd attending US President Donald Trump's inauguration. It was quickly popularized in memes that used the phrase to mean statements that are presented as truthful but contradict factual evidence—ostensibly, lies. An ice cream sundae isn't unhealthy—that's just alternative facts!
See also: alternative, fact
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Moscow snorts and continues to deny all facts, because these can be countered with alternative facts in the "post-truth" world.
Not stand in the way of the reporters' access to officials and gloat at the hardships they face as they struggle to get at the truth behind the latest controversy, or hack away at the weeds of fake news and alternative facts that choke the path toward an accurate and full rendering of the truth.
The release emphasises that the conference will be on story telling as a tool of public relations, a re-evaluation of the ethics of the profession, issues of fake news and alternative facts.
Journalists in Pakistan are keeping up with global trends and are not far behind their western counterparts in the spreading of alternative facts and fake news.
No alternative facts provided by Riyadh and Washington could diminish Iran's successful contribution to the Daesh (ISIL) defeat," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.
Perhaps people close to the president are trying to ensure that when he testifies before Mueller, as he has said he would"love" to do, he doesn't insist on his alternative facts and put himself at risk of a perjury charge.
How about $100,000 to join Truth, Dare or Alternative Facts with Kellyanne Conway?
Bringing science into the national discourse becomes even more important when we consider the information environment in which we live today an environment of fake news, alternative facts, and post-truths, an environment where loud and forceful opinion (often expressed in tweets and Facebook posts) seems to take precedence over quiet facts and careful inquiry, and where "likes" and "retweets" take the place of scientific verification.
An FBI investigation into Russian involvement in posting pro-Trump items on social media during the US elections has the potential to further expose the damaging nature of fake news and alternative facts, and how they are taking hold on our societies.
In a world where true meanings are hard to discern, hidden behind masks or alternative facts, Future Green offers a hue of simplicity and honesty.
Jeff Watton, the chief financial officer, claims the wearer of the $55 tops can "spread all the alternative facts.
In the age of alternative facts, The Beauty Beat is here to straighten out some myths about skincare that just won't die.
This idyllic golden age of facts was surely not free from widespread mendacity, but it seems like a truth-based Camelot when compared to today's golden age of fake news and alternative facts.
The US Ambassador to Israel cannot impose his alternative facts or realities on an entire people that has been held captive under a brutal occupation for half a century.
The PLO official affirmed Friedman ae1/4oecannot impose his alternative facts or realities on an entire people that has been held captive under a brutal occupation for half a century.
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