Sunday, January 22, 2017

Alternative facts?

Where can we go with THAT?  Not other evidence just the Trump view of the world.  I think Conway is the biggest gaslighter.  She can look straight at the interviewer, say something patently false then make you think that it's your fault that you don't accept it.  It's your problem that you think that way.  And then she goes right into the personal attack.

Hmmm, makes me think of some acting out teens and young adults that I know.  They do that to their parents all the time.  The parents buy into the bs for a long time.  But these journalists aren't buying in.  But here's the thing with this kind of manipulation.  You can't win, you can only dis-engage.  With an even bigger imbalance of power, it can be so effective...and dangerous.

In case you don't know this case.  Trump's press secretary came out yesterday and flat out told the press that more people had come to Trump's inauguration than any other and blasted the media for saying otherwise.  Then left the room.  What?  Anybody watching the coverage could see that the crowds were sparce.  So Conway comes out today and explains that Spicer didn't lie; he just gave some 'alternative facts'  Then went into the attack, "You are just being overly dramatic here."

Going further here, read this part of the Conway interview from the New York Post website.  Does this sound like emotional blackmail, redirection, manipulation to you?  This sounds so much like an argument that a parent would have with an acting out teen.  There's no way to prevail, you can only disengage.

“Why did the president ask 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 from day one,” Todd said.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway replied. “Our press secretary Sean Spicer gave alternative facts.”
“Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods,” he said.

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

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