Alternative Facts

Alternative Facts

More commonly known as: LIES.

Because I don’t want this blog to become all about politics, I’m gonna keep this section of the post short and sweet.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was caught giving false, misleading information in his first briefing about i
nauguration attendance statistics.
First briefing.
Lying.
Actual numbers.

Anyway.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been lied to by the government. But if the director of communications at the White House will lie about something so frivolous during his first briefing, we have a lot to overcome in the next four years.

To top this all off, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went on record during an interview to say that Spicer wasn’t lying. No, he was just giving “alternative facts.” Now, I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never heard the term “alternative facts” mentioned anywhere, let alone uttered by a representative of the White House. What was Conway thinking when she said “alternative facts”? That we would just hear it be like, “Oh, okay. He wasn’t lying. Guess they were just alternative facts.” No. Because we’re not stupid (despite the fact that almost half the populatalternative-factsion voted for DT).

This whole thing reminded me of something that happened a few weeks ago between myself and a friend. Without getting into too much detail, I called this friend out on some weird behavior and didn’t realize he was actually lying to me until about a week later when it was revealed by him over social media. He never told me the truth, I just had to figure it out on my own. When I brought it up to him, his words were: “I’m bummed we can’t still be friends” to which I responded: “For future reference, being dishonest isn’t really a good way to maintain friendships” and the last thing he ever said to me was “I’m sorry. My intention was never to lie to you.”

“My intention was never to lie to you.”lying

Now, I know it can be hard to form an opinion without having every detail to put all the pieces together but I think we can all agree on one thing: Lying is intentional. When someone says something “wasn’t their intention,” it’s usually because they did something to hurt someone else by accident. When you tell a lie, no matter how big or small, you are intentionally setting out to deceive another person. The decision to tell a lie is conscious. And you shouldn’t let anyone–friend or politician–convince you otherwise.