Sean Spicer Compares 'Alternative Facts' to Conflicting Weather Reports

The White House press secretary made the comments on Fox News.

According to the White House press secretary, his use of "alternative facts" is much ado about nothing. He says it's similar to a meteorologist who incorrectly predicts the weather.

Spicer claimed, "We weren't by any means trying to mislead anyone. We asked for a set of facts. We thought that the group [that provided subway ridership figures] and the facts that we were given at that time were accurate. Like anything else, it's not alternative facts. There's — sometimes you can watch two different stations and get two different weather reports. That doesn't mean that the station was lying to you. And the press made it look like we were ignoring the facts. "

On Saturday, Spicer told reporters that Friday's inauguration attracted "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe" after several media outlets published photos side by side of the National Mall comparing the turnout for Trump's inauguration and Barack Obama's in 2009.

During an TV interview the following day, Conway, a counselor to the president, said Spicer "gave alternative facts" to the press about the number of attendees.