Alternative facts

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"Alternative facts" is part of the "word games" or doublespeak used by the Establishment and the Mainstream Media, in their efforts via fake news lists and other Thought Police-style tactics to combat the growth of Alternative News sites.[1] The phrase went viral after Kellyanne Conway, special adviser to President Donald Trump, and Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, discussed the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. So-called crowd scientists said the crowds were far smaller than Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, but the White House disagreed. "Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts", Conway said.

The social media frenzy, with the hashtag #AlternativeFacts compared the remark to doublespeak and had the added distinction of moving sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 to the top three of Amazon's bestsellers list.

Doublespeak

In 1949, George Orwell wrote the novel 1984, which portrays a socialist totalitarian state that limited freedom of thought by creating "Doublespeak". The political purpose of "Doublespeak" was to reduce the English language to simple concepts that reinforced the totalitarian dominance of the State. Moreover, words with negative meanings were removed, such that "bad" became "ungood".

Interestingly, the Mainstream Media under the Obama regime seemed all too willing to play word games and viewed people who crossed the border willingly as "Undocumented Immigrants" instead of illegal aliens. There have also been claims that the powers that be under Barack Obama changed the name of "global warming" to "climate change" in the light of new evidence disproving and discrediting "global warming".

Ministry of Truth

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and people in positions of power at social media companies like Twitter’s Ministry of Truth-type Trust & Safety Council,[2] are sympathetic to the Mainstream Media that promote the liberal views they share.

According to an EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy spokeswoman, the European Union's East Stratcom Task Force set up in September 2015 will be getting additional employees in 2017 in order to counter "fake news" and "Russian interference" in new elections in France and Germany. Critics have theirs doubts about how effective the task force might be - not least because many people are likely to see it as an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for the EU.

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