Franks sends this image in since we all have to deal with alt-facts daily. Here are a few things that came to my mind looking at the picture. For Conway, an Alternative Fact is something President Trump believes; Yalie Bill Clinton, explained, under oath, his concept of alt-facts brilliantly to the Grand Jury, “It all depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”; for VA, a favorite alt-fact is its non-adversarial process of helping veterans get all the benefits they deserve. Alt-facts rule the world.
The BVA judges like Veteran Law Judge, John J. Crowley have alt-facts mastered. This 12/23/15 decision (Cr. #1553614/DAV/Seattle & Anchorage) is a good example.
Crowley: “INTRODUCTION The Veteran had active service in the United States Navy from January 1971 to May 1972.”
Crowley: “FINDING OF FACT The Veteran’s hepatitis C was not shown in service or for many years thereafter and is not shown to be related to service.”
STOP: HCV wasn’t identified until 1989 (Link) but that real fact doesn’t stop Judge Crowley, writing 27 years later, to insist in his alt-fact world, that HCV could and should have been written into this 1971-1972 service records.
An air gun-hep denier, Crowley prefers the examiners opinion that post-service chronic alcoholism was causal, as was nasal cocaine use, in the veterans acquisition of HCV. But he throws in “willful misconduct” just in case our vet drank or snorted in service!
“Although the Veteran asserts that his current hepatitis C is related to service, as a layperson, with no demonstrated expertise concerning the etiology of hepatitis C, his assertions concerning such etiology may not be afforded more than minimal probative value.”
Never mind that Judge Crowley also has “no demonstrated expertise concerning the etiology of hepatitis.” Or that a VA examiner thinks alcoholism causes HCV.
Well, this denial is a complete mess to a normal reader, but an Alt-Fact masterpiece for those who create them.