Kellyanne Conway Is Denying the Existence of Objective Facts Again

In January 2017, Donald Trump’s campaign manager and counselor Kellyanne Conway became a national laughingstock when she introduced the notion of “alternative facts” to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. At the time, it seemed like she might get pushed out of her role, but we might have overestimated Trump’s concern about lacking credibility.

Now, a year later, not only has Conway maintained her position at the White House, she’s doubling down on this alternative fact nonsense. In a radio interview, Conway said that Americans don’t need the media because Americans “have their own facts” and can serve as “their own fact checkers.”

Oh dear.

Conway’s quips were part of a larger conversation about fact checking. Far-right radio host Mark Simone complained that liberals had taken over the media and fact checking sites, a sentiment with which Conway agreed.

However, most of the major fact-checking sources pride themselves on being independent. They dispute statements made by leftist leaders (such as Barack Obama) after using objective research on a regular basis.

While there’s no sense in denying they label Trump’s claims false with much greater frequency, that almost definitely has something to do with the president’s loose relationship with truth rather than a conspiracy. Fact checkers only appear to be the enemy when you’re chronically lying.

All politicians make controversial statements without providing data or citations, and that’s why we need fact checkers. Personally, I like to check in with independent and reputable sources before repeating talking points – of any ideology – to make sure they’re worth sharing.

Despite Conway’s assertion, most Americans don’t take fact checking into their own hands. 86 percent don’t always fact check content they see on social media, with 27 percent of Americans admitting they’ll share content they’ve read with their friends without verifying it first.

As for the part about Americans “hav[ing] their own facts,” unfortunately, she may not be entirely wrong. There are plenty of people in this country who don’t want real facts, just information that makes them feel good and confirms preexisting biases.

The Trump administration has intentionally tried to deny that there’s an objective reality to just about everything, in the hopes that they can push through an agenda that wouldn’t be supported if people knew and understood the truth. To encourage people to make up their own facts and validate them as substantial is part of the ploy to mislead the public.

It takes an informed populace to keep the government in check, which is undoubtedly why Conway and her ilk are actively discouraging their supporters from acknowledging a difference between true and false. The very idea that the White House would suggest “alternative facts” – whatever those may be – are acceptable to present should be incredibly alarming to all those who still believe that the truth matters.

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142 comments

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Dot A4 days ago

{causing issues - I believe,....}

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Dot A4 days ago

- dangers! {hackers causing i

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Dot A4 days ago

fools not to recognize the implications and many dagers

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Dot A4 days ago

There is NO perfect world. However, the Trump-regime isn't like any we've had to survive in modern times. We'd be fools not to re

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Dot A4 days ago

fo

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld6 days ago

Shawn,
Well said. We need to stop this political whipsaw between one party’s agenda and the orher’s. Logic and wisdom would dictate that we take the best of both sides. But when have politicians ever followed either.

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shawn a
shawn arscott7 days ago

All politicians period, not just Kelly-Anne Conway and her boss Trump have intentionally tried to deny that there’s an objective reality to just about everything, in the hopes that they can push through an agenda that wouldn’t be supported if people knew and understood the truth. The media does it as well. Religious leaders too. The problem is that too many people deny and make decisions to live within the reality we find here on Planet Earth and make up things to justify their behaviour and choices to make money and have so-called power. Until knowledge, wisdom and logic are valued and the motto for everyone is LIFE FIRST, the lies and resulting harm to life will continue.

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Janis K
Janis K7 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Brian F
Brian F7 days ago

John c I agree that most of Trump's policies are horrible, but on immigration, I agree with him. What would your policy on immigration be if you were president, allowing open borders, and allowing sanctuary cities?Maybe you should travel to California, and see how well sanctuary cities have worked. Please explain how you would implement better immigration policies than Trump.

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Just H
Just Human7 days ago

Kellyanne is an opportunist. If she repeats the Trump mantra she things there's something in it for her. Like making a deal with the devil.

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