It sometimes seems as though political figures on television are living in an alternate reality. With the recent inauguration of President Trump, we鈥檝e got an all new administration to watch on the news cycle. One such figurehead is President Trump adviser and spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway (who donned a rather Paddington-esque ensemble to the inauguration), who seems to be leading the charge on confusing the press.

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This weekend, after Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference to dispute some of the reported facts regarding the attendance size of the inauguration, KellyAnne had a press interview of her own. She appeared Sunday on Meet the Press, and after host Chuck Todd confronted her with Sean鈥檚 easily refutable statements, KellyAnne said that Sean鈥檚 comments were not a 鈥渇alsehood鈥 or 鈥渓ie,鈥 but merely 鈥alternative facts.鈥 The term didn鈥檛 sit well with many, including Merriam-Webster, who wanted to remind us of all of why it鈥檚 important to always check the dictionary before you try and explain a word鈥檚 meaning.

While Merriam-Webster didn鈥檛 expressly call out KellyAnne for her misuse of language, they subtly linked to their own website, where searches for the dictionary meaning of the word 鈥渇act鈥 spiked after her interview.

It鈥檚 fascinating to see how comfortable KellyAnne is with presenting her alternative reality, but we guess that鈥檚 why she has the job she does. Granted, the idea that a lie is just an 鈥渁lternative fact鈥 is more than a bit scary coming from the highest office in the land. Hopefully, more journalists will call to question the office鈥檚 insistence on using this language to push their agendas.

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