I have been thinking about the difference between ‘Fake News’ and ‘alternative facts’. It’s quite a difficult one to work out. ‘Fake News’ was used to describe the alleged involvement of Russia in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump denied the accusations, even though Russia confirmed that there had been contact with Trump’s campaign.
Who to believe?
And what about the crowds at Trump’s inauguration? The images clearly showed that the crowds were smaller than those at Obama’s inauguration.
But Sean Spicer’s claim that Trump’s big day attracted record crowds was referred to as ‘alternative facts’ by Kellyanne Conway.
Again, who to believe?
I think Denzel Washington got it spot on. When being asked by a reporter to comment on a news story relating to him, he said: “If you don’t read the newespaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed“.
What to believe?