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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see alternative, fact.
- (politics, media) Something presented as a fact for reasons of political expediency; a fiction, a falsehood, a lie. [since the late 2010s]
- 2014 June 2, Erica Buist, “Seven key facts about the caxirola”, in The Guardian:
- But we do it because we believe in the power of truthful, in-depth reporting, especially in the face of fake news and 'alternative facts.'
- 2017 February 25, R. E. Guyson Mayers, “A GUY"S VIEW: Season of discontent”, in Barbados Advocate:
- They are creating their own facts, but one need not be in Government to create alternative facts.
- 2017 March 3, “Private Sydney: Celebrities quick to present their own 'alternative facts'”, in The Sydney Morning Herald:
- According to Donald Trump we live in an era of "fake news" where his "alternative facts" should be swallowed whole, and without scrutiny.
- 2017 March 3, Chantal Hébert, “It's not just Donald Trump who shifts the truth, Canada's politicians have been using alternative facts for years”, in Toronto Star:
- Prime ministers have not been immune to spreading alternative facts.
- Synonym: counterknowledge
politically expedient assertion
- Merriam-Webster, "Conway: 'Alternative Facts'" (22 January 2017)
- alternative fact on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- ^ 2017 January 22, Reuters, "'Alt-fact': Trump's White House Threatens War on Media Over 'Unfair Attacks'", Haaretz
- ^ 2017 January 22, Jason Silverstein, "Kellyanne Conway says White House offers ‘alternative facts’ to media reports", New York Daily News
- ^ 2017 January 22, Erik Sherman, "Alternative Facts May Be The End Of Trustworthy Government Data", Forbes Magazine
- ^ 2017 January 22, Meet The Press, "Kellyanne Conway: Press Secretary Sean Spicer Gave 'Alternative Facts'", NBC News
- ^ 2017 January 23, Gabriel Hassan, "Vu des États-Unis. Les alarmants “faits alternatifs” du président Trump", Courrier International
- ^ 2017 January 23, Peter Seidel, "Kommentar zum Trump-Team „Alternative Fakten“ – das ganze Repertoire von Populisten", Berliner Zeitung
- ^ 2017 January 23, Martino Mazzonis, "Non notizie false, ma “fatti alternativi”: benvenuti nell’era dell’informazione versione Trump", Left
- ^ 2017 January 23, Cecilia Scaldaferri, "Il team di Trump rivendica la possibilità di raccontare 'fatti alternativi'", Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
- ^ 2017 January 23, AP, "Gobierno de Trump es objeto de burlas por “verdad alterna”", Reporte Nivel Uno
- ^ 2017 January, Martin Jönsson, "Martin Jönsson: Trumps ”alternativa fakta” lägger grunden för ”Den stora lögnen”", DN.se
- ^ 2017 January, Susanne Sjöstedt, "Trump är bäst – ingen protest!", allehanda