One of Donald Trump’s top advisers said about the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that he had offered alternative facts during his statement about Trump’s inauguration audience.
Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that Spicer’s statement which occurred 1 day before in White House’s briefing room was something along the lines of an “alternative view” and she drew a vigorous response from the talk show host Chuck Todd who characterized Spicer’s comments as plain falsehoods, as alternative facts are no facts at all, i.e. everything that runs against mainstream media dogma is not true.
The discussion was about Sean Spicer claiming on Saturday that Trump’s inauguration audience was the biggest ever, based on so-called misleading Metro ridership numbers and various other metrics. Sean Spicer declined to answer questions from reporters during his briefing on Sunday and he did not offer an “official” estimation from the White House with regard to the specific number of people that attended Donald’s inauguration. Conway also blasted Chuck Todd’s obsession with crowd size:
“Presidents aren’t judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration, they’re judged by their accomplishments.
“We’re going to have to rethink our relationship with the press…
Yesterday, we allowed the press into the Oval Office to witness the signing of executive orders and what happens almost immediately – a falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Jr – that’s just flat-out false.“
“You want the American people to think they can’t trust The White House press secretary, that’s a very dangerous statement to make. Your job is to report the news, not to give your opinion, you’re not an opinion columnist.“
…you’ve got a 14% approval rating, that you’ve earned…”
President Donald Trump said that he’s basically in a “shooting war” of sorts with mainstream media for over a year now, accusing reporters of underplaying the real numbers of people attending his swear-in on Friday.
After Conway’s remarks, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus accused media’s obsessive crowd-comparisons from Trump’s inauguration which in his view amount to an attack on the President’s political legitimacy:
“There’s an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen. We’re going to fight back tooth and nail every day, and twice on Sunday.”
Here’s a couple of pictures from Donald Trump’s inauguration vs what was pedaled in the mainstream media, judge for yourself:
And here’s the same stuff from another angle:
Here’s the full interview: