We have a healthy dose of “alternative facts” today with White House senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway – The “Bowling Green Massacre” (Source & Source & Source). This fake claim is trying to justify the recent immigration and refugee ban. She claims that during the Obama administration, two refugees from Iraq had radicalize and carried out a massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky or at BGSU. She also claims that the media are the ones that are creating “fake news” or bad journalism.
“I bet, there was very little coverage — I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized — and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. I mean, most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
There was no massacre. That’s the lie. Simple as that.
Let me introduce to you a Freudian ego defense mechanism called Projection (Source or any general psychology textbook).
You are “projecting” your insecurities onto others and in the process, alienating them (and probably looking somewhat foolish as well).
So, for Kellyanne and Sean Spicer and whoever else is spouting “alternative facts” or being a victim of the media may very well be projecting their own “fake news” or lies or deceit onto the others. Then, it’s easy to claim being the victim in the exchange.
That brings me to the other terminology of “victim mentality” which is also associated with those who have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) (Source). It’s the “I am the one who is the victim” when something doesn’t go their way. This is one for the playbook for Kellyanne and the administration when they get caught with their hands in the cookie jar (or red handed) or with “alternative facts.” It’s “poor-me” or “why do the media pick on me?” type behaviors. And, yet, Trump supporters are calling out all opposing thinkers as “cry babies.”