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Alternative Facts All you need to know about this new buzzword

Know all about alternative facts because it is going to be around for a while.

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The origin of alternative facts play

The origin of alternative facts

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Alternative Facts is the new 'buzzword' that is on everyone's lips now.

Within a week, alternative facts did not exist. Today, it's a trending concept on millions of sites and blogs all across the world.

It has left the world of politics to other spheres of life. Yesterday, January 26, 2017, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho gave the world a dose of his own alternative facts.

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho took the helm at Old Trafford in May 2016 play

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho took the helm at Old Trafford in May 2016

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The enigmatic coach refused to accept that his team lost to Hull in the ELF Cup. He told pressmen that the match ended in a draw and he did not see Hull's first goal which was a penalty.

Manchester United's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts after missing a chance to score during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 15, 2017 play

Manchester United's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts after missing a chance to score during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 15, 2017

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It can be seen that alternative facts is a phenomenon. Where did it come from and what is it exactly?

It's hardly any surprise that alternative facts is a creation of the Donald Trump administration. Hardly one month into his administration, the President of the United States is already skewing the facts to suit his narrative.

President Donald Trump (C), flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (R), delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters on January 25, 2017. play

President Donald Trump (C), flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (R), delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters on January 25, 2017.

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On Saturday, January 21, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press that their reports on the number of people who attended Trump's inauguration were wrong. He claimed that more people attended Trump's inauguration more than Obama's. Of course, this wasn't the truth. Obama had more people at his inauguration than Trump.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he was not aware of any explicit orders to limit officials at the EPA from posting on social media and contacting journalists play

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he was not aware of any explicit orders to limit officials at the EPA from posting on social media and contacting journalists

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Later on, Kellyanne Conway who is Trump's campaign strategist and counselor defended Spicer's claim. "Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood, and ... our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that" she told NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.

Kellyanne Conway appears for several television interviews in front of the White House. play

Kellyanne Conway appears for several television interviews in front of the White House.

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This is how the phrase was born. Of course, Conway got a lot of backlash for the ugly term she created. Unfortunately, the word has refused to die down.

Expect alternative facts to be a common feature of the Trump administration.

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