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When Kellyanne Conway says, "I'm not in the job of having evidence," she is, we all should admit, one hundred percent accurate. However artless her phrasing tends to be when she gets wound up, the fact is that facts are not her job. She is not in the business of disseminating information, or providing knowledge or insight.

She is nothing more nor less than a spreader of manure, a mechanism dedicated to the unholy task of fertilizing the media landscape with gin-you-whine, honest-to-Bannon, industrial-grade bullshit. And when the media play this tedious can you believe this shit? game with their readers and viewers, they are playing the game she wants them to play. Her goal, obvious as it is unstated, is to distract, to deflect, muddy the waters and confuse the lines of questioning.

The easy slam would be to say she's "evil" like her boss, but the reality is that there are different shades and flavors of such a thing. The error in trying to categorize Clownstick's clear authoritarian tendencies is in trying to lump in in with other infamous political animals -- Hitler, Stalin, Mobutu, etc. And to be sure, Clownstick has the ethics of a termite and the soul of a banana republic caudillo.

But he's no Hitler or Stalin; at worst, he might be a Rafael Trujillo sort. Clownstick's moral perversion is closer to that of a Jim Jones than any dictator. You can see this dynamic at play when you watch the rallies, see how the attendees react, the stupid things they say and do and believe quite sincerely. When the time comes and he tells them they need to go meet the comet, they'll castrate themselves and eat the applesauce unquestioningly.

This is very much at odds with all contemporaneous records of Hitler, Stalin, et al; while the bastards in the inner circle may have been true believers, many ordinary Germans and certainly most Russians were just trying to stay alive without getting dimed by their neighbors. They might not have put up much resistance, but it wasn't exactly voluntary in many cases. But these Clownstickers -- again, maybe it's a selection bias from the articles, but it's pretty damned consistent; the body language, the incoherent jabber, the wild-eyed devotion. There's something creepy and mindless about all of it.

And that's ultimately who Conway is reaching out to with her defiant schtick. She knows they're not watching Press the Meat, but she also knows that it will dominate the media cycle for the day, and carry out to the usual agitprop outlets they do read.

And all the gauze-filter puff pieces trying to whitewash Conway's LIES add nothing to the mix. I couldn't give less than a fuck-and-a-quarter what sort of old-lady knick-knacks Conway's mom keeps on her shelf. What I know is that I've been watching her daughter peddle her LIES and poison for about twenty years now, mostly thanks to the likes of Bill Maher, whom Conway was more than happy to use as a "some of my best friends are ______" vessel for panel arguments.

Check this shit out:

A few days earlier, Conway had appeared on Meet the Press and coined a term that neatly encapsulated the administration’s relationship with the truth: alternative facts. The phrase spawned dozens of think pieces, the British prime minister used it to accuse a political rival of lying, and sales of George Orwell’s 1984 spiked.

When I asked Conway about the incident, she insisted that it was no big deal in Trumpworld—a blip, a trivial error, virtually a typo. “What I meant to say was alternative information,” she said, giving an example: Three plus one equals four, but so does two plus two.

Now, I've read enough of Molly Ball's writing to understand that in the overall context of the article, Ball is letting Conway's dopey lie and her idiotic explanation of it sit there on its own merits, like the steaming pile of manure that it is. (Which, let's recall is Conway's job.)

But additional context should be pointed out on the "alternative facts" meme, and whence it generated, since the lies move faster than our collective ability to keep up with them, and what happened less than two months ago might as well be two years. That bullshit phrase came from Clownstick's inaugural weekend, where we all saw the yuuuuge difference between his crowd and either of Obama's crowds.

Clownstick felt it was important to LIE about the comparative size of these crowds, and thus proclaimed, against all photographic evidence and common sense, that the opposite was true, that suddenly we were also counting streaming into the mix (even though, of course, there is no way to know at all how many people were streaming the festivities). Clownstick forced his spokes-tool, Sean Spicer, a man clearly already living his private hell (and deservedly so), to flack for this buffoonery, which no one outside the rampant buttfuckery of Breitbart buys into. The administration is not saying that three plus one equals four, they're saying that it equals twelve, or purple, or KFC, and insisting that that is the One True Reality For Us All.

(Incidentally, speaking of weird inauguration lies, Clownstick has also lied multiple times about whether it rained or not during his inaugural speech. Clownstick has insisted repeatedly that the "rain stopped....and god smiled" at the moment The Exalted One took the podium. As if the video didn't exist to contradict all that.)

Now, do these particular -- and comparatively small -- LIES make any real difference in the scheme of things? Not as such; even if he had left those things alone, Clownstick would still be a lazy, ignorant, incompetent pud, a fake alpha who would have been saved from an empty adulthood of needy narcissism if his daddy had given him a fucking hug once in a while. But it's weird that these things are important enough to him to lie about over and over, when we can all easily refute it with our own eyes. This is precisely, by the way, how true authoritarians and dictators cement their rise to power, by creating their alternative reality merely by insisting on it until their cult base lashes out to defend the illusion. Remember what I've always said about how it's impossible for rational people to adequately respond to irrational people? Yeah, that. It's not a problem yet, but if it ends up becoming one, you can look back and say that these are the sorts of incidents that add up to a violent cult of personality.

Anyway, Conway's "explanation" to Ball about the origin of the phrase is not only a LIE, but a DOUBLE LIE. It is a LIE compounded upon itself. Because from an empirical standpoint, it does not matter if she "meant" to say "alternative information" instead of "alternative facts" -- it is neither "facts" nor "information" if it is not verifiable and accurate. Conway is either too stupid to understand that important distinction, or (just as likely) she just doesn't give a fuck because (again) as she points out, that's not her job.

So here is the real point (and yes, I do have one): why would any media outlet that considers itself serious and responsible have Kellyanne Conway on their show for anything? It's bad enough that she is a shameless hack and LIAR, but in fact she seems completely incapable of uttering anything that might be factual or accurate, if it happens to run contrary to whatever boom-boom Grampa Walnuts is rage-tweeting this morning. She's a slightly less obnoxious and slightly more coherent Sarah Palin. If the hacks at Morning Joe can ban her, then why can't the rest of them?

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