I’m not a great student of politics, but I do love language. What the new US administration has done for language is something quite extraordinary and we must embrace that we are living in such times.
Not telling the truth is now a linguistic art form. In less than a month, we have had some gems.
KellyAnne Conway gave us ‘alternative facts‘, when the Counselor to President Trump,
appeared in late January on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd and uttered the now famour (or imfamous) phrase “alternative facts” when pressed about the falsehoods uttered the previous day by White House press secretary Sean Spicer regarding the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. Do we need to explore the oxymoronic properties of this phrase? I thought not. Anderson Cooper, clearly could not contain himself:
But, such terms have spawned counters that embrace it. Last night, I overheard a CNN commentator, talking to Anderson Cooper, who gave us ‘fact-free statements’, referring to utterances from the White House.
Hours later, the administration lost its first Cabinet member, when National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned,
In his resignation letter, Flynn gave us “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information”. This stands tall, compared to ‘being economical with the truth’.
If you’ve never read ‘1984’, I suggest you do so before the week is out.