Just two days after President Trump was sworn into office, Kellyanne Conway took it upon herself to bizarrely rename "lies" as "alternative facts." Yesterday, a Philadelphia TV anchor said in response that Conway is "good at bullshit" live on air, but that hasn't stopped George Orwell's 1984 from skyrocketing in sales after her interview.
On Sunday, Conway told Meet the Press's Chuck Todd that press secretary Sean Spicer gave "alternative facts" to the media—a statement which Fox 29 Philadelphia morning show anchor Mike Jerrick did not necessarily agree with. "She's good at bullshit!" he blurted out, to the laughter of his co-anchors. (Well, most of them.)
However, after people have called Conway's interview heavy in "Orwellian" language, which is perhaps what led to the spike in Orwell's dystopian classic. As Huffington Post noted, one edition of the book was the second-highest spot on Amazon's best-seller's list on Tuesday afternoon.
Calling the term alternative facts "a George Orwell phrase," Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty said on Reliable Sources Sunday:
"This brings us to 1984 'doublethink,' where war is really peace, where famine is really plenty. That's what's happening here."
So that's fun.