Kellyanne Conway: ‘alternative facts’ was my Oscars La La Land blunder

Senior White House adviser says media should have let her brush off mistake, equating it with the best picture award going to the wrong film

Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway has said her defence of alternative facts was a mistake that she has not been allowed to brush off.

In an interview scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning, the senior White House adviser compared her remark, which she said was a conflation of alternative information and additional facts, to the error last weekend that saw the Oscar for best picture given to La La Land instead of Moonlight.

Her experience under fire from the media, she said, had taught her women must have bile in your throat if they are to run for office or be involved in national politics.

Conway has been at the centre of several successive news storms since Donald Trumps inauguration on 20 January. First, she said in a TV interview that when Trump press secretary Sean Spicer repeated falsehoods about inauguration crowds and protests across the country, he was presenting alternative facts.

Conway was later criticised for repeated references in interviews to the Bowling Green massacre, a supposed terrorist attack in Kentucky that did not occur.

Then Conway gave an on-camera recommendation of products sold by the presidents daughter, Ivanka Trump, which the Office of Government Ethics said breached rules and which led to a White House rebuke.

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