Alternative facts for everyday use

Amby Lusekelo

2017 seems to be running on alternative facts. This is the year of alternative facts and there is no escaping it.

We must just deal with the intensity of the level of alternativeness of the alternative facts. Alternative facts are false truths. Lies, if you must get technical about it. It is alie disguised as a ‘fact’ intended to contradict another more verifiable, but less pleasant, “fact”.

I feel like this term comes alive when the truth is so unfavourable, they must invent a whole new category of lies, that have a life of their own, to describe their nakedly intentional acts of deception.

This term was used and became very popular when President Donald Trump’s counsellor Kellyanne Conway said White House press secretary Sean Spicer used “alternative facts” when he falsely called the crowds at Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in January. Spicer said that the crowd was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.

” We all saw the pictures and we all know the truth however, that didn’t stop them from trying to sell us their version of the story. That was the beginning of the charade we now are facing on a variety of fronts around the world. In Tanzania we have had so many alternative facts but somehow few have called them out. I don’t blame anybody for this.

We can agree that we all like our freedom and enjoy being alive no matter how grim the economic situation gets. I particularly enjoy the long romantic walks to my bed every evening and sleeping in my comfortable bed.

However, that said, I will say this alternative facts come in all shapes and sizes. In Tanzania we are getting familiar with them being delivered in official press releases that leave you with more questions than answers.

You might find yourself asking questions like; how sure are we that the four bandits that were shot and killed were actually confirmed to be the ones who killed the police officers?

On a separate note; why are there so many committees being formed to investigate the contents of that sand? Who pays these members of the committees or is it part of their job descriptions? Will reporting the truth make their job security even less secure?

I have a lot of questions but like I said, I will accept the alternative facts offered and pretend to not be able to conscious most of the time because I love my bed dearly. Happy Easter!

Twitter: @ambylusekelo

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