An Associated Press review of nearly 200 articles published over the past two years by the president’s press secretary has found that Trump and the administration have been repeatedly told not to use the word “alternative” in describing the media.
While the phrase is sometimes used to describe coverage of the White House or the president, it is rarely used by the White Court or in the news media.
“The administration has been repeatedly directed not to refer to alternative facts or ‘alternatives’ in the White Houses press briefings, press briefings or public statements,” a White House official said.
In recent days, the White Party Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has suggested that she and the White Senate press office should “look for the word ‘alternate’ in quotes.”
“That’s not a word I would use to describe alternative facts, and that’s not what we want to be calling them,” Sanders told Fox News on Sunday.
“So, the reason that we’re doing this is so we can be accurate and truthful with our press conference, but not with the word alternative.”
The White House also recently suggested that the president and his team were not being “fairly honest” about what the media has been doing with their “alternatives.”
“The fact is, I don’t think that the press should be using the word fake news, and I don, too, think that we should be trying to use that word, or have it in quotes,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday.
“But it’s important to note, that the media, particularly when it comes to reporting, they are very much trying to do their job.
And the fact that that they’re trying to be fair with the media is a legitimate part of their job.”
The president and Sanders have both been asked repeatedly about the use of the term “alternate facts,” but have been dismissive of the notion that it is “unfair” to use.
“It’s a word that was used, and it’s been used in a very negative way, by the media to describe their coverage,” Sanders said in a Friday appearance on ABC’s This Week.
“And I think we all know that it’s inaccurate.
It’s not true.
And that’s why I think that you can use it to describe our coverage.
We have the same job.”
On Monday, Sanders told reporters that the administration’s “alternatively” is “not a word we would use, not to describe what we’re seeing and the reality that we are seeing.”
But the AP review shows that “alternately” was often used to refer not only to news coverage, but also to political coverage and to alternative forms of reporting, including analysis of political developments or other media reports.
The AP reviewed nearly 200 stories from the last two years.
“This is not about how ‘alternatively’ is used,” Sanders later told reporters at the WhiteHouse.com website.
“There are multiple words that are used in different ways.
The president, and his administration, and the people around him, are going to continue to use different words to describe the coverage that they are getting.”
A White House spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The White Senate spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the White Board members are still being told to use “alternates” when referring to their press conferences.
The Trump administration has not been shy about using the phrase “alternational facts” to describe media coverage, sometimes even when it is not being used by journalists.
In June, for example, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Gates said during a WhiteHouse press briefing that the term was “part of a lot of what we are hearing that we want people to think about.”
“There is this term ‘fake news,’ that’s what it’s really all about,” she said.
“We’re not talking about fact-checking here.
We’re not discussing fact-free information.
We are talking about a whole bunch of other things that are being reported by a lot more mainstream media than they are reporting.”
The AP review also found that the White and Senate press offices are “directly or indirectly” instructed not to call out “alternations” in press briefings.
“White House press briefings are held before and after the news conference,” the AP report said.
However, the AP found that during a June 24 press conference the president was asked whether his administration would use the term in reference to media coverage.
“I think there are other words, other ways to describe it,” the president responded.
“That was one of the words that I was asked about.
That was not my use of it, but I think it is part of a very broad conversation that we have had with the news organizations and the media.”
“It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to say ‘alternates’ when we use the words,” the White