275: Alternative Facts, Falsehoods and Delusions: The Lies We’ve Told Ourselves and Each Other in American History

275: Alternative Facts, Falsehoods and Delusions: The Lies We’ve Told Ourselves and Each Other in American History

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Late last month, the Washington Post reported President Trump has made some 9,451 false or misleading claims throughout his term in office. Yet, Trump’s supporters have maintained he’s not lying — he’s presenting so-called alternative facts. No matter how you look at it, it’s clear we’re living in what many pundits are calling a post-truth moment — where misinformation, lies and alternative facts are everywhere. Nathan digs into the BackStory archives to bring you a selection of segments that look at alternative facts in American life. Image: Feejee Mermaid, shown in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, 1842, as leased from Moses Kimball of the Boston Museum, papier-mache - Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Source: Wikimedia CommonsBackStory is funded in part by our listeners. You can help keep the episodes coming by supporting the show: https://www.backstoryradio.org/support