Alternative Facts the New Facts
Facts drive the media and people have certain expectations for the news. Since the Trump administration took over the White House there have been incidents with alternative facts. These alternative facts have media outlets in an uproar.
This started January 21, during a press conference after Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, commented on the size of the crowd attending President Trump’s inauguration. Spicer went on to defend the White House and once his speech was over he refused to take any questions. These statements were easily disproven, which caused media outlets to search for answers.
Reporting outlets such as the Bipartisan report, The Washington Post, and CNN were quick to respond to this press conference. During an interview between Chuck Todd and Kellyanne Conway, Conway coined the term ‘alternative facts’ to describe the incident involving Spicer.
With the birth of ‘alternate facts,’ many have been fast to shut it down by saying if it is not a fact then it is fiction. “Look, alternative facts are not facts,” Chuck Todd stated in the interview with Kellyanne, “They’re falsehoods.”
Other reporters have been weighing in on this with both sides being supported. Right wing media outlets, like Fox news, are supporting Spicer and Conway. However, the Washington Post and CNN are leading the path for articles against alternative facts and the damage they can cause the nation.
With media in an uproar, people are taking to Twitter to tweet their feelings. The new hashtag “PressOn” has become popular for people who want to show their support for truthful reporting. The people supporting this new hashtag are people who want the truth from the media.
When looking through the news, check into where the sources are coming from and if they are credible. News media sources outside of the U.S., like BBC, can be sources to turn towards when comparing the media’s stories. Whether you agree with ‘alternate facts’ or not, stay informed and stay involved.