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“Alternative Facts” Not A Working Concept–Chuck Todd Makes His Mark As Journalist

January 22, 2017

This morning on Meet The Press host Chuck Todd made it clear that modern day Annie Oakley is way out of her element. Kellyanne Conway is a clown.

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What was that costume Kellyanne Conway wore at the swearing-in? The buttons on the outfit were images of small cats and with the penchant for Donald Trump to grab pussy one had to ask what Conway was hoping for.

This weekend the politically bizarre performance from the Trump White House has everyone—from both sides of the aisle–wondering what in hell is happening.  The Mango Mussolini is tweeting rubbish and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, made his first appearance in the press room in a way that will never be forgotten.

Then this morning Conway states that there are “alternative facts” that need to be reported.  What in the living hell that now is this White House are “alternative facts’?  Chuck Todd’s facial reactions could not be more clear as to what he thinks.  The transcript is even fun to read.

CHUCK TODD:

–you make a very reasonable and rational case for why crowd sizes don’t matter. Then explain, you did not answer the question, why did the president send out his press secretary, who’s not just the spokesperson for Donald Trump. He could be– He also serves as the spokesperson for all of America at times. He speaks for all of the country at times. Why put him out there for the very first time in front of that podium to utter a provable falsehood? It’s a small thing. But the first time he confronts the public it’s a falsehood?

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Chuck, I mean, if we’re going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms I think that we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here. I want to have a great open relationship with our press. But look what happened the day before talking about falsehoods.

We allowed the press– the press to come into the Oval Office and witness President Trump signing executive orders. And of course, you know, the Senate had just confirmed General Mattis and General Kelly to their two posts. And we allowed the press in. And what happens almost immediately? A falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Junior from the Oval Office. No, that’s just flat out false. And the pool writer–

CHUCK TODD:

And it was corrected immediately–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

But why– Chuck, why was it said?

CHUCK TODD:

–but Kellyanne, no, let me–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Chuck, why was it said in the first place because–

CHUCK TODD:

–I don’t know.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–everybody’s so presumptively negative–

CHUCK TODD:

–climb, climb into the head of that reporter–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

No, that it’s okay. No excuse me.

CHUCK TODD:

But Miss–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Oh no, no, no, that reporter was writing to– on behalf of the press pool. That falsehood–

CHUCK TODD:

I understand that–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–got spread 3,000 times–

CHUCK TODD:

But it does not excuse–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–before it was corrected.

CHUCK TODD:

–excuse me. It does not–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

And it’s still out there.

CHUCK TODD:

–excuse and you did not answer the question.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

I did answer–

CHUCK TODD:

No you did not.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–your question.

CHUCK TODD:

You did not–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Yes I did.

CHUCK TODD:

–answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood? Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

No it doesn’t.

CHUCK TODD:

–on day one.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What– You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains–

CHUCK TODD:

Wait a minute– Alternative facts?

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–that there’s–

CHUCK TODD:

Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered, the one thing he got right–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–hey, Chuck, why– Hey Chuck–

CHUCK TODD:

–was Zeke Miller. Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Chuck, do you think it’s a fact or not that millions of people have lost their plans or health insurance and their doctors under President Obama? Do you think it’s a fact that everything we heard from these women yesterday happened on the watch of President Obama? He was president for eight years. Donald Trump’s been here for about eight hours.

Do you think it’s a fact that millions of women, 16.1 million women, as I stand here before you today, are in poverty along with their kids? Do you think it’s a fact that millions don’t have health care? Do you think it’s a fact that we spent billions of dollars on education in the last eight years only to have millions of kids still stuck in schools that fail them every single day? These are the facts that I want the press corps to cover–

CHUCK TODD:

I–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–and these are– this is why I’m here at the White House–

CHUCK TODD:

–but I understand this.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–to change awful–

CHUCK TODD:

What I don’t understand is–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–numbers like that.

CHUCK TODD:

–that is not what yesterday was about. So you–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

Yes it is.

CHUCK TODD:

–have not answered the qu– you did not answer the question the–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

It’s what this presidency’s going to be about.

CHUCK TODD:

–you sent the press secretary out there to utter a falsehood on the smallest, pettiest thing.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

I don’t think that anybody can prove the–

CHUCK TODD:

And I don’t understand why you did it.

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–look, I actually don’t think that– maybe this is me as a pollster, Chuck. And you know data well. I don’t think you can prove those numbers one way or the other. There’s no way to really quantify crowds. We all know that. You can laugh at me all you want. But I’m very glad–

CHUCK TODD:

I’m not laughing. I’m just–

KELLYANNE CONWAY:

–look, Chuck, I’m–

CHUCK TODD:

–befuddled.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2017 12:20 PM

    Recall Trump hardly ran his corporation either, given the many unpaid bills, lawsuits, and bankruptcies.

  2. January 23, 2017 10:02 AM

    That “interview” was such a cluster. The new administration is totally clueless and Twump is assigning Cabinet posts to people with no government experience whatsoever. You do not run a country like you run a corporation. God help America.

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