The “alternative fact” is a term used to describe a number of claims that are not backed up by any scientific evidence.
According to the dictionary, “alternatives to established facts” are those that are based on “inaccuracies, omissions, or fabrications” and “unsupported assertions, claims, or claims of the alternative facts.”
In a blog post titled “What is the Alternative Fact?” published Thursday, The Huffington’s Matt Wilstein pointed to a number examples of claims and claims that have been debunked by fact-checkers, including one about President Trump’s birthplace.
“If you’re an anti-Trump protester who wants to know the truth about Trump, you can read our debunking of the fake news alternative facts website,” Wilstein wrote.
“But if you want to know what really happened on 9/11, you’re going to have to go look at the official government sources.”
As of this writing, Wilstein’s article was still live on The HuffingtonPost.
The Washington Post has since published an article debunking the claim that President Trump was born in Hawaii.
On Thursday, Wilston also shared a list of some of the most debunked claims in the alternative fact movement.
The most common ones he points to are that Trump did not start his campaign in Brooklyn, New York, but instead began campaigning in New Hampshire.
Wilston wrote that “Trump was born on the island of St. George, and the city of Brooklyn is a major city in New England.”
He also said that Trump was “the son of a Muslim immigrant” and that he had a “white wife” who “was born in Brooklyn.”
Trump has denied making these claims.
But the New York Post has published numerous stories about the birther movement, which has been linked to the creation of alternative facts.
And The Huffington post’s article cites several other alternative facts debunking claims made by Trump, including the idea that he was born without a mother and was a child of an American woman.
“The idea that the president was born outside the United States and was raised in Queens is a myth,” Wilston said in the post.
“It’s one of those things that can be debunked, but you’re not going to see an article that says, ‘Donald Trump is not born in Queens.'”
But the “alternate facts” claim has gained traction after several news outlets began reporting on it in the wake of the release of the 2016 presidential election.
“As a media outlet, we’re not here to prove that President Donald Trump is a lying liar,” Wilson wrote.
The alternative facts movement has been on the rise for a long time.
The term was first coined by sociologist William James in 1913, but the term quickly gained popularity and has become a staple of political discourse over the past 50 years.
“Alternative facts,” as they are called, are used to debunk claims that don’t fit the facts, or are outright false.
But The Huffington article suggests that the term has gained popularity because it provides a tool for people who want to make a point about the election, like the birder movement.
“For the past few decades, the alternative-facts movement has focused on two specific topics: the ‘Birther’ movement and the ‘Russian election interference,'” Wilston writes.
“Those who claim President Trump is ‘born in Brooklyn’ and ‘raised in Queens’ are the same people who, in the words of one prominent blogger, ‘claim President Trump has a white wife.’
Those who believe President Trump did indeed enter the U.S. as a citizen are the exact same people that claimed President Trump wasn’t born in New York.
This movement is driven by a common goal of discrediting the legitimacy of the results of the presidential election.”
According to a 2016 Pew Research Center report, more than half of the people who subscribe to The Huffington Posts believe that the Trump campaign’s claims about the November election are fake.
The website also lists “alternativism” as a subcategory, along with “alternational history,” “fake news” and the “alt-right.”
The terms have also been used to discredit conspiracy theories.
The alt-right is a loosely defined movement that has long been associated with white nationalists, and in some cases has explicitly espoused racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim beliefs.
The Alternative for America movement has also been linked with the creation and growth of alternative fact websites, like Truth-O-Meter.
Wilstein argues that the alternative truth movement is fueled by a desire to discredit political opponents who are perceived as lying, rather than to help people understand the political process.
“People who are anti-establishment have no problem making their case, even if they don’t have a good one,” Wilsey said.
“I think it’s a little bit more nuanced than that.”