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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rewriting History (Update)

It's best if you can do it right away. Let's start with Trump's official spokesbot, Sean Spicer:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday accused the media of misrepresenting the crowd at Donald Trump's inauguration in order to dampen enthusiasm for the event, getting some numbers wrong himself in the process.

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said with emphasis. “Both in person and around the globe.”

He accused the media of "deliberately false reporting" both with regard to photos of the crowd that were published as well as crowd estimates.

And then, there's the Hairpiece-in-Chief, who was in theory mending fences with the CIA:

Addressing about 300 CIA employees, Trump blasted the media for allegedly lying about the crowd size at his inauguration, calling reporters "among the most dishonest human beings on earth." He went on to claim that as many as 1.5 million people attended the inauguration, while independent estimates put the crowd size at only 250,000.

"We had a massive field of people, packed," Trump said. "I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I said wait a minute, I made a speech, I looked out, the field was — it looked like a million, a million and a half people. They showed a field and there was practically no one standing there."

Judge for yourself:

Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, right, appeared to draw a smaller crowd than Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, left. (Reuters)

And for the ultimate in readjusting reality, there's always good ol' Kellyanne:

Kellyanne Conway appeared on Meet The Press this morning where she battled Chuck Todd in her defense of Sean Spicer’s ridiculous lies about the crowds at Friday’s inauguration.

Conway: “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood. Our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”

We have always been at war with Eastasia.

Update: They're piling on. From Reince Priebus:

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus went after the press Sunday for trying to “delegitimize” President Donald Trump, a man who spent years telling the country that Barack Obama was not constitutionally eligible to be president.

“I’m saying there’s an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We are going to fight back tooth and nail every day, and twice on Sunday.”

Priebus was upset that the press focused so much on the small crowd size at Trump’s inauguration compared to the crowds at Obama’s gathering in 2009.

Why do you suppose the Trump camp is so sensitive about size?

(By the way, under the heading "Credit Where Credit is Due": All stories/links via Joe.My.God.)

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