Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway again resorted to mental gymnastics comparing her infamous ‘alternative facts’ comment to the error made during this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
“Well, it was alternative information and additional facts. And that got conflated,” she said during an appearance on ‘CBS Sunday Morning,” in response to a question seeking an explanation of the term.
“I see mistakes on TV every single day and people just brush them off. Everybody thinks it’s just so funny that the wrong — the wrong movie was, you know, heralded as the winner of the Oscars,” she added.
“You say ‘Oh well that’s just all in good fun. things happen.’ Well things happen to everyone.”
In January, in an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Conway said that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer provided “alternative facts” during his first briefing on his first full day on the job as he blasted reporters for coverage of the crowd sizes at Donald Trump’s inauguration claiming that Trump garnered “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.”
“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving, Sean Spicer, our Press Secretary, gave alternative facts to that,” Conway told a stunned Chuck Todd.
Todd then fired back at Conway, “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Conway was roundly criticized for her comment. Together with another flub — her claim regarding the nonexistent Bowling Green Massacre — it was somewhat of a last straw with many reporters and news programs. Since that time, she has been refused appearances by a number of networks and shows, citing concerns about her credibility.