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Alternative Facts
John Oliver, Watergate

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Dubs Trump’s Wiretapping Claims ‘Stupid Watergate’

Donald Trump took to Twitter this weekend to dive deeper into his alternate reality where down is up, the Bowling Green Massacre actually happened — and President Obama tapped his phone last year.

March 6, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

Trump’s Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway Returns From Exile

Being silenced by the White House must have been devastating. We are left to wonder if, deprived of video contact with Mika Brzezinski and Jake Tapper, Kellyanne suffered clinical symptoms of withdrawal.

February 28, 2017
Trump

President Trump’s Chaotic And Bizarre First Month Is Unprecedented

Presidential historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Donald Trump’s first month in office — which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press — is more “chaotic” and “bizarre” than any administration’s first month in history.

February 23, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Swedish Paper Lists ‘Everything’ That Happened Friday

In a tongue-in-cheek article published Sunday, a Swedish newspaper ran through a series of the worst problems it could find Friday in the country. More serious stories cited by the article, now published in English on the paper’s website, included a man dying in hospital after a workplace accident, and police chasing a suspect for allegedly driving under the influence.

February 20, 2017
Danziger on the Trump Times

Danziger: With Fear And Favors

In an alternate universe imagined by Danziger, there is a bizarro New York Times — perhaps known as The Trump Times — that publishes only the kind of “alternative facts” pleasing to the president: Massacres in Bowling Green, terrorist refugees in Sweden, millions of fraudulent voters, and gigantic inaugural crowds. Just be happy you don’t live there, yet.

February 19, 2017
Trump, Presser

#EndorseThis: Trump Rants At Presser, Comedians Rejoice

Donald Trump’s first solo press conference as president had all the trappings of a perfect late night comedy sketch: bizarre rants about Michael Flynn and Russia, the usual lies about his “huge” electoral victory, and plenty of unhinged moments involving what Trump called “real leaks, fake news, and the dishonest media.”

February 17, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

5 Unreal Moments From Trump’s Bizarre Press Conference

President Trump’s bizarre press conference on Thursday, which saw the president openly berate the White House press corps and suggest an African American reporter was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, likely did little to assuage fears about Trump’s erratic behavior. It was, in a word, a mess.

February 17, 2017
Flynn

Flynn Scandal Shatters Trump’s ‘Alternative Fact’ Cocoon

Presidents from both parties have always enjoyed partisan cheerleaders in the press who will defend an administration from attacks and enthusiastically support its agenda. But what the Trump team is trying to assemble is something else entirely. It’s trying to build its own self-sustaining, hermetically sealed information bubble so that Trump, his aides, and his supporters don’t have to acknowledge everyday facts.

February 16, 2017
Stephen Miller, Trump Surrogates, Lie

Trump’s Team Of TV Surrogates Constantly Lie

This current crisis of confidence is about an entire White House philosophy of dishonesty driven by Trump himself. And that certainly includes Trump TV surrogates such as Spicer and Miller, who are quickly amassing resumes built around pushing daily falsehoods. If news producers are avoiding Conway, they should also be pondering the worth of hosting Spicer and Miller.

February 14, 2017
Climate Change

The Only Way To Understand Climate Change In A Post-Truth World

Science is the most useful tool we have to adapt to climate change and avoid its worst outcomes. But it requires critical thinking and a big-picture perspective to ensure we consider all available evidence. With so many people scrolling through social media feeds for news rather than reading entire articles, facts and clarity can become elusive. It’s up to us all—media and consumers alike—to dig deeper for the full story.

February 12, 2017
Gaslighting

The White House Is Gaslighting The Media (And The Entire Country)

Donald Trump lies and reporters fact-check him, then he and his team spin the lies to blame the “biased” and “dishonest” media. Trump’s team wants to create a world where no one knows what to believe, where facts and reality are irrelevant, and all that matters is what Trump says matters.

February 12, 2017
Conway

Conway’s Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn’t An ‘Honest Mistake’

The good news is Conway’s awkward “massacre” fabrication was quickly and aggressively debunked, and her reputation may have suffered a long-term hit. The disturbing downside: The Conway incident isn’t a random, dismissible incident. As the Trump White House has proven repeatedly, making things up is becoming the rule, not the exception.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump’s Embarrassingly Bogus Claims About ‘Underreported’ Terror Attacks

In its relentless effort to delegitimize the press, the Trump administration issued long list of lies about terrorism attacks that supposedly went underreported. The list is a horror show, one so embarrassingly rife with misspellings and falsehoods that it reads like a term paper thrown together at the last second by a 10th grader recovering from a nightlong binge of Minecraft.

February 8, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway Throws Gutter Ball, Massacres Facts

Take the bogus Bowling Green massacre story, with the underlying wailing about how the evil, evil press didn’t report that Obama banned Muslims from Iraq afterward. The horrifying question: Is Conway just a liar, or is she so uninformed that she doesn’t know everything she said was untrue?

February 7, 2017
Trump Organization, Business Ties, Torture

Trump’s Torture Policy Is Already Operating In Washington

The problem with torture is that people will say anything to make it stop. There is abundant evidence of this behavior in Washington, where the fear of political death also makes people say anything. Only electoral torture — the threat of losing power — can account for the readiness of the White House and the Republican Congress to say anything.

February 4, 2017
Trump lies

Can Trump Tell The Difference Between Truth And Lies?

Nothing in the headlines these days is more important than this: The President of the United States is divorced from reality, unable to tell the difference between the truth and what he wants to be true. Plenty of politicians deceive, but one who cannot discern reality from fiction is dangerous.

February 4, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Alternative Facts: Kellyanne Conway Blames Iraqi Refugees For Fake Massacre

“I bet there was very little coverage, I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” said Conway. The hashtag #BowlingGreenMassacre was trending on Friday as social media users pointed out that the attack did not happen.

February 3, 2017
Trump, Allies

Trumped Up: The First Seven Days In Trumplandia

Authoritarians love walls. That will be his scrawl across America. It will make an enemy of our neighbor, Mexico, but who cares? That may be his foreign policy in a nutshell. We’re living in Donald Trump’s reality now, and the “truth” is what Trump says it is.

January 28, 2017
Trump

9 Terrible Things Trump Has Done In His First Week As President

While the media spent the last week spilling digital ink over inauguration numbers, the new administration was diminishing women’s health and safety around the world, chipping away at health care for millions of Americans, and pouring money that could feed and insure children into a useless garbage heap along the border.

January 27, 2017
Two Truths and An Alternative Fact

#EndorseThis: Fallon’s New Game – Two Truths And An Alternative Fact

Take two truths, then add what Kellyanne Conway calls an “alternative fact” — and you’ve got a new fun pastime for the era of Trump.

January 27, 2017
Liar in chief, Trump

There Are No Alternative Facts, It’s Called Lying

Every time I hear another lie come out of Trump’s mouth — about his inauguration crowd (smaller than Barack Obama’s and the Women’s March), voter fraud (it didn’t exist), the media’s accusing him of attacking the intelligence community (he compared them to the Nazis) — I feel as if I’m back in junior high school trying to break up with the boy my mother warned me wasn’t stable.

January 27, 2017
Trump

Deep Character Flaws Will Ultimately Define Trump’s Presidency

Yes, Trump’s a dishonest conspiracy theorist. But he’s also much more than that. He’s a remorseless liar and a grievously insecure man who seems to feed off spite and revenge. It’s not a political strategy, it’s a character defect. Especially for someone like Trump who appears to have no deep ideological moorings.

January 27, 2017
Trump, Alternative Facts, Lies

‘Alternative Facts’ And Trump’s Running War With The Truth

If we cannot trust these people to tell us the truth on minor matters that can be easily checked, what confidence can we have that they will be square with us on substantive matters where the truth is not a Google search away? What confidence can our allies and adversaries have? The answer is, none. That should scare you.

January 26, 2017
Donald Trump, Twistifications, Lies

A Deeper Look At President Trump’s Lies and ‘Twistifications’

Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?

January 25, 2017
Spicer, Trump, Constanza

Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, And The George Costanza Rule Of Lying

Journalists are hesitant to use the blunt word “lie” to describe the statements of politicians. But this hesitance has drifted into acceptance of the George Costanza Rule of Lying: a statement cannot be termed a “lie” unless there is demonstrable evidence that the speaker truly believes it to be false. Since reporters can’t read minds, it is virtually impossible to meet this standard.

January 25, 2017