Is it okay for Sean Spicer to invent the Atlanta terrorist attack to defend the Muslim ban? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
This reminds me of author Hannah Arendt’s warning in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951): “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”
“Alternative facts” are the hallmark of untrustworthy people. They are a fallacy analogous to The Big Lie Technique, in which one repeats a lie, fallacy, slogan, talking-point, nonsense-statement or deceptive half-truth over and over in different forms—particularly in the media—until it becomes part of daily discourse and people believe it without further proof or evidence.