A Lie By Any Other Name … Is Still A Lie

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”  – Albert Einstein

There are facts, and then there are opinions.  There is truth, and then there are lies.  But wait … that is not all!  As George Orwell told us in his now-classic book 1984, there is post-truth and newspeak.  And this morning, I awaken to a new world where there is also something called ‘alternative facts’.

On December 23rd, I wrote a post, Duckspeak – Part I,  in which I said the following:

“NO … OH NONONONONONONO!!!  While it is certainly not the most dangerous appointment Trump has made in the past six weeks, it may be the most detrimental to our health and well-being, and it is the one most likely to drive us all to become either ax murderers or alcoholics!  Yesterday, da trumpeter announced the appointment of Kellyanne Conway as ‘Counselor to the President’.  NOOOO.  Do you realize what this means?  It means that most all information coming out of the White House will come via Ms. Conway!  It means we will be looking at her face on a daily basis, and hearing her ‘newspeak’ explanations that make no sense.  It also means she will be, as the New York Times so aptly described it, the “Trump Whisperer”.” 

I would like to reiterate those words today, as my prediction has come true. Less than 48 hours after Trump took the oath of office, his mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, has given us a new phrase to add to our collection:  alternative facts.  On Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the inauguration claimed “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” This is not true, therefore it is a lie.  Fast forward to this morning, when one of Americas bimbos, Kellyanne Conway, appeared as a guest on Meet The Press.  Host Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne why Sean Spicer lied … in fact, as is often the case when interviewing Trumpeters, he had to repeat the question several times before getting this answer: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”  Todd responded with, “Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”   See interview here.

Alternative facts … what an interesting concept. Let me try this one on for size:

Fact:  I am 65 years old, mousy brown hair with more grey than brown, bags under my eyes

Alternative fact:  I am 35 years old with nice chestnut-coloured hair, and pretty brown eyes

Fact:  It is 1:30 in the afternoon and there is a sink full of dirty dishes awaiting my attention

Alternative fact:  It is 8:00 a.m. and the kitchen is sparkling clean

Or how about this one …

Fact:  Donald Trump is now the president

Alternative fact:  Hillary Clinton won the election and was just sworn in as President of the United States

Well, that was certainly depressing because the first one was disproven as soon as I looked in the mirror, the second was proven a falsehood when I walked into the kitchen to make another cup of coffee, and the third … well, just a dream.  Alternative facts, Kellyanne, are nothing more or less than outright lies. It is rather like when your boss said that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.  That, I suppose, was an alternative fact.  It was a lie, spoken by a ‘man’ who knew that scientists around the globe have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that climate change is a serious threat to our planet AND that the greed of mankind has contributed to this threat.  He knew the actual facts, but instead chose to perpetuate his ‘alternative fact’.

Fact: Donald Trump is a misogynist sexual predator

Alternative fact: Donald Trump loves and respects women

I could go on and on and on in this vein, but the fact is that it is an exercise in futility, and it is making me feel sad and ill.  Alternative facts are untruths, they are lies, and the danger is that some people will believe them, or at least pretend to, because these alternative facts are what they want to hear, what they want to believe.  Alternative facts are a slap in the face to those of us who actually engage our brains on occasion, as it says that Trump and his minions, his ‘team of advisors’, think we are all to stupid to know the difference between truth and lies.  They see us all in the same light as the lemmings who have blindly followed him into the pit of hell that he told them was a place of light and goodness. The word ‘integrity’ has no meaning in the upper echelons of our government.

Our only hope is that the Fourth Estate, the press, continue doing their jobs, even in the face of threats and adversity, and keep the public informed of the actual facts.  For if they fail to do so ….

Note to readers:  Scottish satirist, writer, television director, and radio producer Armando Iannucci wrote a piece that was published in The Guarian yesterday.  It is an “open letter to the new president”, both humorous and prophetic at the same time. It is well worth the read, and I encourage you to take a look.  

30 thoughts on “A Lie By Any Other Name … Is Still A Lie

      • I would tend to agree with the exception of Trump and his group. I think a lot of what they say is easily shown to be a lie.
        I have been concerned about the rise of alternative facts before it was a well publicised term. It a global problem with a spotlight on the US.
        I’m in Aus and it is a different political and media landscape. So alternative facts are called out quicker then I see in the US.
        I’m concerned that the democracy that much of the world looks to is displaying these kind of traits. The US has always been a strong friend but it’s like it has a change of attitude that is incompatible with our beliefs. I hope that to be a false statement because the US has always had an allure for me. Your article gave me some hope to be honest, the protests also make me hopeful. I want the best because the US is a great friend we don’t want to loose.

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        • I fully agree with you there. Anything that comes out of the Trump camp is certain to be ‘newspeak’, of post-truth. I actually find Guardian, der Spiegel and BBC to have more reliable news than most of the U.S. outlets. Yes, I checked your blog, liked what I saw and followed. I think there is much value in the perspective of those who do not live in the U.S., as they sometimes see our situation more clearly than we do! And yes, the protests, the resistance movements cropping up, are cause for hope. But then … I was reading an article earlier that poses the theory that they may be adding to the chaos and provide cover for Trump and minions to do what they will while we are all focused on protesting. I just do not know anymore. Thanks for your insight … I appreciate it!

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          • Appreciate your kid words.

            I’m in two minds: is anger at everything useful at energising resistance or should there be focus on one thing to try and get traction.
            Doing something is better than doing nothing I guess.

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    • Thanks! I need all the hugs I can get these days. We, at least those of us who have not fallen under the spell of the trumpeter, are hoping it won’t take 4 years until he is impeached, or simply self-implodes! But yes, after only a few days I feel as if I have fallen down the rabbit hole … nothing is as it once was. It is overwhelming, depressing, and frightening. Thanks for your support … it means a lot … you are a special friend, little brother.

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  2. Alternative Fact. I’m happy with the result of the Presidential Elections and forsee all our Countries skipping daintily through the next four years.
    Truth. Yes Doctor, I’m ready to try that special jacket on now.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  3. In this post-truth Trumpian universe the facts are as he says they are and his minions disseminate them after he tweets them. So I am thinking through a novel inspired by Philip K Dick’s “The Man in yhe High Castle.” Beau Biden didn’t die and Joe ran for President. It would be far easier to write some years from now but I’m still inclined to do it.

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      • I know. The March or any peaceful protest should continue, at least once a month. My mother said that was how they managed to kick out a dictator in the Philippines…..they protested on the streets without let-up and yet, it took them more than 3 years. Let us not depend on the ” media ” ….. I blame the media for what happened. This guy and his surrogates were barely challenged, for the sake of ” neutrality” .

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        • The media does, indeed, share in the blame, and it is to be hoped that they learned some things from this. Faux news, Russia, and the complacent greed of the white middle class also own a piece of the blame. But yes, we must make our voices heard loud and clear whenever and wherever we get the chance. Progress is often slow, but in the long run, it happens. We just cannot sit back, though, and wait for it, else we will end up like the Germans in 1939.


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