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Alternative facts

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It's a term used to define things that the uninformed come up with which are unsupported by evidence and facts.

e.g.:

Person 1: "VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM, I AINT GIVING MY KIDS NO BRAINWASHING MERCURY"

Person 2: "Vaccines are perfectly safe, studies show that vaccines do not, in fact, cause autism."

Person 1: "WRONG, VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM, ITS AN ALTERNATIVE FACT."

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Actually, if a is an alternative to b, then also b is alternative regarding a.

So all facts become alternative when, of course we're not talking about facts themselves but statements done about reality (which is wher "facts" allegedly are) but we can't have a direct and immediate access to any facts, they're always presented under the form of verbal statements and descriptions, hence it's impossible to separate a fact from the source that makes it able to be known to us. Alternative source would be a better term, but once again, what's the difference?

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It's a euphemistic term used by the current administration to say they have facts pertaining to a case or position that don't have anything to back them up. From the "Bowling Green Massacre" to "that incident that happened in Sweden". This is in line with the alt-news phenomenon on Twitter and Facebook where headlines and news-stories have been circulating without any actual evidence to back them up or are actually straight-up manufactured.

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