Alternative Facts?

Issue

Communism, capitalism, change and chaos all begin with C but they communicate different messages.

What does this have to do with alternative facts? Well, it is absurd that elected officials and their spokespersons insist on presenting unsubstantiated information as alternative facts when it is false government propaganda. Donald Trump rose to power on alternative facts, some of the most malignant in US history. Although he lost the popular vote, he was victorious with the count of US Electoral College.

It's not uncommon throughout history for governments to do what they can to control the message. Is that done in a benign way because they're trying to get more information to the public, or is it done with hidden motivations making sure one message is seen in the best light? As President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s first official week in office begins, we will just have to wait and see what develops. However, after a few days, we hear alternative fact that reality is whatever they say it is.

In the meantime, it suffices to say that the press reports the news, and editorials are the platform to share views. While many dictatorships began by attacking the media, not acknowledging the truth, and suppressing opposing points of view. These are all contrary to an independent press, which is crucial to any democracy. Please note that Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Cuba. North Korea, Russia are among nations that have a monopoly spewing government propaganda.

While I was teaching journalism in Indiana, then governor Mike Pence's who was considering a run for the White House gained attention for his efforts to establish a state-run news service alternative. He lost support for the idea but is apparently still interested.

However, another one of my previous employers, The Voice of America is a US government-run media which already exists within our federal government. VOA is funded with our tax dollars and VOA was only allowed to broadcast outside the USA, but that is no longer the case.

No one should be surprised The Trump-Pence administration is moving to outflank independent media. Trump's successful social media campaign as a political candidate and the expansive new, in-house operation to discredit independent media are aimed at bypassing news outlets and directly reach the public to circumvent the press.

This alternative information will be available ahead of any other news outlet and exclusive coverage should be an issue for grave concern. So is the administration's decision to turn news conferences into infomercials so they do not have to answer difficult questions.

Kellyanne Conway: Spicer 'gave alternative facts' on inauguration crowd http://nbcnews.to/2jlPgKN

'Alternative facts:' Why the Trump team is 'planting a flag' in war on media http://cnnmon.ie/2jGyAPe

Donald Trump's team defends 'alternative facts' after widespread protests https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/22/donald-trump-kellyanne-c...

Alternative Facts May Be The End Of Trustworthy Government Data via @forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2017/01/22/alternative-facts-may...

White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones. https://nyti.ms/2kg4p0c

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Donald Trump, Chaos agent http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/23/1623655/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Roun...

The perfect meme for the 'alternative facts' era: #seanspicersays http://wpo.st/ssdT2

VIDEO - 'Fake news has had almost no impact on Wikipedia' http://f24.my/2kjOBtx

Inoculating the Public against Misinformation http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gch2.201600008/full

Trump's 'war with the media' raises questions of trust https://www.yahoo.com/tv/trumps-war-media-raises-questions-213054125.htm...

Trump's disdain for the press has a silver lining http://www.cjr.org/special_report/trump_spicer_bush_press_gawker_thiel_a...

Comments

USA is the laughing stock of the world...

Audience laughs at Serial-Liar Kellyanne Conway https://youtu.be/Hb6G2XfbrBc

FAKE NOT ALTERNATIVE

"Fake news" isn't news. In fact, the real 007 used it to get the U.S. into WWII http://thebea.st/2k4Io5Q

Mass BS

'I would have quit': Former PM's spokesman slams Trump's press secretary https://youtu.be/c8dpYEvS4YI

ALTERNATIVE FACTS

'Fox News Sunday' on Donald Trump. https://youtu.be/52SA5TmEwWw
Trump is the most popular president since Obama... Period!

AFU

“Alternative facts”: 1 in 5 American newspapers ignored the Women’s March https://qz.com/892200

WAR

GOP backs Trump's war on the media http://politi.co/2jm7Kx9

Lying Little Don

The Trump Administration’s First 100 Lies Aren’t Accidents But a Deliberate Counter-Reality http://thebea.st/2jjn7Xk via @thedailybeast

SNOWFLAKE DON

‘President Snowflake’: Internet points and laughs as Sean Spicer tells media to stop ‘demoralizing’ Trump http://ow.ly/Hzqs308hf9x

Keeping you on your toes...

What Trump could mean for American journalists: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/what-trump-mea...