Citizens want truth, not ‘alternative facts’
“Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts. We feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there.” – Kellyanne Conway
And so it begins. Conway, adviser to President Trump, presents this administration’s Orwellian version of reality. Facts – a truth known by actual experience or observation – now have alternatives, in their view. These range from childish boasts – “This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period.” (Spicer) – to substantial – “I will release my tax returns after the audit.” (Trump)
The implications of this alternative fact administration are profound. An informed public depends on information our government provides to shape our opinions and subsequent decisions on war and peace, climate, trade, the economy, education and health policy. How do we trust an administration that has embraced “alternative truth” and lies about topics inconsequential and profound?
Authoritarian regimes have a history of delegitimizing the press. We deserve better. We must demand better. Call your senators and congressmen and let them know that you want facts, not “alternative facts.”