The words ‘alternative facts’ are everywhere at the moment but a Washington Post reporter, Karen Tumulty, who is one of CNN’s reliable sources, said the words ‘alternative facts’ is a George Orwell phrase.
I would like to educate the Trumptons and reliable sources at CNN that the words ‘alternative facts’ is not a phrase that George Orwell has ever said. It does not appear anywhere in George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ or his classic essay ‘Politics and the English language’.
There’s a new phrase being banded around at the moment – ‘alternative facts’. For those of you watching the very entertaining (although slightly worrying) Trump drama, you will know what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t, here’s a quick summary.
Trump’s inauguration watched, attended, tweeted by millions across the globe turned into a ‘my dad is bigger than your dad’ competition. Trump’s party, delighted by their leader creating such a never seen before spectacle were rather disappointed when the press started to compare other Presidents’ first inaugurations. The picture the media painted was very different to what Sean Spicer (White house press secretary) had boasted.
The Trumptons, (as I will now name them, a children’s television programme back in the 60’s with many similarities namely, idiotic behaviour and interesting hairstyles!) then fought back with Kellyanne Conway (counsellor to Mr Trump) stating that Sean Spicer had given ‘alternative facts’ to the numbers attending.