Merriam-Webster trolls Kellyanne Conway for calling falsehoods ‘alternate facts’
Kellyanne Conway made headlines this weekend for rebranding the White House’s false information about Donald Trump’s inauguration crowds as “alternative facts.” So, the social media team behind the Merriam-Webster Dictionary felt the need to clarify the definition of the word “fact.”
📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer scolded reporters during a press briefing for spreading what he deemed falsities about Trump’s inauguration, according to CNN. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” he said, despite contrary findings from aerial photos, Nielsen ratings, and Metro reports on subway riders in Washington, D.C. (it was actually less than half the size of Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Much less).
During a Sunday interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Conway defended Spicer’s false claims as “alternative facts.”
Here are a few more #alternativefacts to start your day
The iPhone features all-day battery life. #AlternativeFacts
As a member of the @backstreetboys, I had a love child with @BettyMWhite. #AlternativeFacts
I am a rich white woman. #alternativefacts
If the average American gets caught in the workplace usin’ #AlternativeFacts, they are asked to find an #AlternativePlaceToWork.
All I know is if you give #AlternativeFacts on the witness stand! Yoass is catching a case! #TeamDl