Watching Sunday morning news shows certainly has become entertaining of late. As a rhetorician, I am interested in the spin that shapes (or tries to shape) the analysis. Whether or not you caught the argument between Chuck Todd of Meet the Press and Kellyanne Conway representing the Whitehouse, the phrase "alternative facts" has likely crossed your social media.
I'm curious how this phrase will affect discourse, teaching, and, of course, the rhetoric of the Whitehouse. Urban Dictionary has already defined the phrase as follows: "When truth is so unfavorable to a pathological liar, that they must invent a whole new category of lies to describe their nakedly intentional acts of deception." You may have also seen the image of the children's book:
1/24/2017 12:52:31 pm
The phrase "alternative facts" is, in my opinion, just a way for people to tell lies in a "politically correct" way. This phrase can be damaging for our society because it basically offers a way for people to always say whatever they see fit. Even if something is not a fact (and therefore just an opinion or lie), just saying that it is an "alternative fact" gives some justification to it. This will most likely lead to more ignorant comments about fake news that people post about on social media without actually looking up the truth value of that story.
1/25/2017 01:42:57 pm
The fact that the Trump Adminstration has been in power for less than a week before they coined the phrase "alternative fact" is legitimately concerning to me.
1/25/2017 02:28:10 pm
While this may be a newly coined term, it's really nothing new in politics, we just have a name for what the politicians do now. Is it deceitful? Yes, but it honestly does not surprise me as it seems that all politicians side with whatever is beneficial for them in the spur of the moment, and not necessarily for the good of the people they represent. In the realm of scholarly papers, I don't see this effecting much, but in the social media world I can see this dividing an already fragile society even more, which is where my true concern lies.
1/25/2017 04:15:52 pm
The term "alternate facts" does not concern me nearly as much as it does others. As someone before has already said in this forum, there is nothing that's truly new about politicians lying. There are groups of people who are trying to tear apart the Trump Administration for any wrongdoing, whether the administration deserves it or not. I believe nothing has really changed with the introduction of "alternate facts" into our vocabulary. All we're seeing now is a horrendously divided country being even further divided by the realization that we do not trust the government.
1/25/2017 06:56:26 pm
As a political science major and a very opinionated person it'll be hard to leave out my personal stance in this response. But in all honesty I think her usage of "alternative facts" is terrifying and it should be alarming to most Americans. While politicians have famously used certain rhetoric to get around a few questions or issues, this was a complete disregard for the truth. The fact that Trump's press secretary can lie is not okay because if they can say what we are seeing with our own eyes is lie, imagine what they can lie about that we can't see.
1/26/2017 08:51:39 am
As some people have pointed out, it is definitely nothing new for politicians to lie to the public, however, this newly coined term "alternative facts" is somewhat distressing if only because it means we either have an administration that is so ignorant that they believe that "alternative facts" are a real thing, or one so bold as to be so blatant about their deception. From here on out, we must question whether the so called facts we are being given are actual facts, or just some "alternative facts" that are meant to control our perception of how things are going in our country. I think we could all agree that in any other situation, using "alternative facts" would be wrong and considered deceitful, so I'm not sure how the administration could consider this to be an acceptable way to speak to the public.
1/30/2017 07:07:31 pm
Pardon the long explanation:
1/30/2017 07:10:33 pm
(Part 2: Sorry for the long comment, but I felt the need for a thorough explanation)
4/6/2017 07:09:30 am
I think the use of alternative facts can be very damaging and distracts people form the actual facts. Thankfully this didn't turn into a huge thing because it would have made this administration look even more silly and disjointed. I think it is important to not try to make the facts seem false or even wrong.
4/14/2017 10:17:58 am
This whole alternative facts thing is truly getting out of hand. Perhaps the person to blame the most for this as of late is Sean Spicer.
5/3/2017 10:38:12 am
I think this phrase shows the revolving nature of writing and language in a nutshell. This is an example of someone making up a phrase or slang on the fly as an attempt to cover up something they don't want people knowing. I feel as though "alternative facts" is a phrase used by Ms. Conway in an attempt to say that something isn't true, but by using a phrase that makes it sound true. "Alternative Facts" when I first hear it sounds like something is factual, not untrue. I found this exchange with Ms. Conway to be a bit strange and unusual.
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