This trope is when a character flatly accuses another of outright lying. This can be phrased in different ways: "You lie," "That's a lie," "You're lying", "You are telling a lie," "You're a lying liar that lies," etc.
This is usually the response to a trope from the Family Twists Index. This can happen either while the receiver is speaking or when he is not speaking. Occurs when a character speaks Blatant Lies and another character knows that he is lying. Often Played for Drama. Common in trial scenes when some witness has just attributed an incriminating remark to another person present. See also Suspiciously Specific Denial and Villains Never Lie. Contrast I Lied.
- Bleach: In chapter 397 Ichigo calls Aizen a "liar" after being told that he planned all of Ichigo's fights from the beginning. Aizen points out the flaw in Ichigo's logic that's a lie for contradicting what he said earlier when Ichigo himself pointed out how worthless Aizen's word is.
- Elfen Lied: When confronted by Lucy regarding the gender of the cousin Kouta hung out with, Kouta made a white lie. Lucy later found out and accused him as such. note
- Gankutsuou: Albert screams this at the Count three times upon learning that the Count was merely using him the whole time.
- Used by Rena in Higurashi: When They Cry (originally as "USO DA!", translated as "LIAR!" in the dub) in a scene which would set the tone for the rest of the series. It has become her unofficial catchphrase (along with "Omochikaeri!") and is frequently referenced in fanworks, homages and canon ("Hirukowashi", in case you were wondering). Actually, as it's an ongoing theme of the series (The Power of Trust and They're Called Personal Issues for a Reason), a lot of characters accuse each other of this with varying degrees of hysteria and accuracy. In Umineko: When They Cry, just about everyone has accused everyone of lying at some point or another and started one of these. The siblings, especially.
- Thor screams this at Zagi four times in episode 7 of Jyu-Oh-Sei.
- In Kanon when Yuuichi breaks a promise with Nayuki, she often calls him a liar.
- Kara no Kyoukai: Lio to Shiki. "That's a lie, that's a lie, that's a lie, that's a lie!"
- In chapter 61 of Naruto Kabuto insists Sasuke is lying and that he's not that cold-hearted when the latter asks the former to fight saying that it's the only way to survive in the Forest of Death.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji says this about Asuka, Rei, and Misato in the movie (End Of Evangelion) when they all declare to him "we are nice to you."
- In the same movie, Ritsuko says this of Gendo at one point immediately before he shoots her dead and the exact words that prompted her to say this have only ever been revealed to the actress playing Ritsuko.
- Asuka says this of Shinji too.
- In episode 22 at the end of Asuka's Mind Rape sequence a Creepy Doll says this of Asuka.
- Used in No. 6 when Sion kisses Nezumi and calls it a "good night kiss" leading to Nezumi to call Sion a "liar".
- Occurs in Noir when Chloe reveals that Kirika killed Mirielle's parents prompting Mirielle to shout that she has to be lying. A track on the soundtrack is actually called "Liar You Lie."
- Pandora Hearts: Oz says this of Break at one point. And this is said to Oz (by an Abyss-worshiping cult) in chapter 54. And in chapter 56 Philippe says this when Oz tells him that his father is dead.
- In Pani Poni Dash! episode 9, Becky's MIT professor tells Becky's students that on one occasion she accidentally fused herself with a cat. Becky (tied to a stalagmite) cries out, "YOU LIAR! Don't make stuff up!"
- Sayaka screams this in episode 7 of Princess Princess after Yuujirou kisses Tooru to drive home the idea that Tooru doesn't like girls.
- Ranma ½: When Genma claims that the titular character said in his sleep that he loves Akane, Ranma tackles him, all the while repeatedly screaming, "That's a lie!"
- In the very same episode, Ranma and Akane end up in a situation that makes it look like he raped her. He didn't, of course, but Ryoga doesn't know that. So, Ranma uses Ryoga's misinterpretations to egg him on, because he needs Ryoga to fight him with everything he's got, while Akane shouts, "It's not true! He's a liar! A liar!"
- When Nabiki claims that Ranma and Akane are a married couple in order to get Ukyo out of the house, Ranma yells "Lies!" over and over again.
- Used again for hilarity when Ryoga turns into a kid because of aging mushrooms.
- From Dragon Ball Kai:
- Burter (to Goku): "YOU LIE! HOW CAN SOME STUPID SAIYAN MONKEY EVER BE FASTER THAN ME?!"
- Jeice (to Vegeta): "No, you...YOU LIE!"
- Freeza (to Goku): "YOU LIE! I am NOT beaten! NOT YET!"
- In Aruosumente, Jasmin flat-out says that Lante is a good liar, giving the first hint that Lante may not be what he seems.
- Chick Tracts, so very much. Li'l Suzy and many other protagonists will usually present this eloquent rebuttal whenever their strawman opponent mentions a personal opinion, religious stance (that don't match Jack's), generally accepted scientific theory, or the like. This is generally the entirety of their rebuttal, with no evidence or other argument given beyond that Chick's position is true and this is different than his position.
- Jason Woodrue during his Villainous Breakdown in Swamp Thing: "Youre' lying! You're lying you're lying you're lying! Why are you lying?"
- Ragnarok, an evil clone of Thor with a thinks-he's-the-real-one problem (a la Buzz Lightyear), yells "YOU LIE!" at Thor Girl when she calls him out on it.
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: When Winkie double-crossed Toad with a lie saying that Toad stole the motor car, Cyril shouts at him "That's a deliberate lie, you monkey-faced little rumpot!"
- The first verse of Jafar's Villain Song is essentially telling Jasmine "That Liar Lies" about Aladdin.
- Earlier, Aladdin confronts Jafar for lying. And even before that, Jasmine confronts Aladdin for lying. In those cases, though, they say "Tell them/me the truth," not "You lie."
- Lord Barkis does this to Victoria near the end of Corpse Bride, when she informs her new husband that the whole reason her parents wanted them to marry is so he can save them from the poorhouse. Since Lord Barkis is a Gold Digger, he doesn't take this well and starts shrieking at her that she's lying. Unlike most examples on this page, however, Victoria is telling the truth.
- Vervain says this a lot about Campion (with good reason) in the animated version of Watership Down, particularly the third season.
- Zootopia: Judy , after being tricked into supporting Nick's pawpsicle scheme, confronts him with "I stood up for you, and you lied to me, you liar!"
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, when Ramona claims she didn't steal anyone, Knives says, "You lie! You're a liar!"
- Mean Girls: Janis calls Cady a "dirty little liar" upon finding out she didn't invite her and Damian to her party and because she told them she was planning on sabotaging the Plastics when she was really just holding a party.
- Star Wars: Luke Skywalker says a variant of this to Darth Vader after the latter declares he is Luke's father.
Luke: That's not true! That's impossible!
- Leonardo does this to Shredder near the end of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), when Shredder insinuates that he's killed Splinter. Shredder isn't lying, however, just incorrect; he doesn't know that Splinter was rescued by Casey and Danny as the Foot were carrying out their assault on the sewer den after Shredder ordered him killed.
- Kill Bill: O-Ren Ishii screams, "You lie!" in Japanese when the Bride reveals that Hattori Hanzo made her sword.
- Harry Potter:
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Voldemort (possessing Quirrel) says this about Harry when Harry lies about what he sees in the Mirror of Erised. He lies...
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry tries to convince Snape that he hasn't been stealing potion ingredients from him. In response, Snape says "Don't. Lie. To. Me." Harry hasn't. The real thief is the villain of the story.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry yells "YOU LIAR" at Voldemort.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry says "That's a lie" to Aunt Marge.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, where, after Dolores Umbridge accuses a Muggle-born witch of stealing a wand from a "real" witch, Harry (disguised as a Ministry official) responds, "You're lying, Dolores. And one mustn't tell lies."
- In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan accuses Kirk of exiling him and his company to "this barren sand heap, with only the contents of this cargo bay to sustain us" (i.e. the uninhabitable planet where Terrell and Chekov have unexpectedly found him). Chekov interjects, "You lie! On Ceti Alpha 5 there was life! A fair chance!" To which Khan shouts, "THIS IS CETI ALPHA 5!"
- The 1985 film version of Bridge to Terabithia. "You're lying to me. You lie!"
- In Kicking & Screaming as Phil is being kicked out of the coffee shop:
Phil: What is wrong with you, Derrick? I thought we were friends!Andy: My name is Andy!Phil: Your name is Liar because you're telling lies!
- The 1946 Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life has this twice when George Bailey sees what life is like if he was Ret Gone. He mentions to his mother that he last saw her brother-in-law Uncle Billy "Today, over at his house." She replies, "IT'S A LIE! He's been in the insane asylum ever since he lost his business." George himself says this when Guardian Angel Clarence tells him that his brother Harry "broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine." George snaps, "THAT'S A LIE! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport!"
- Finding Neverland: "Stop lying to me! I'm sick of grownups lying to me!" Peter really hates it when adults downplay the severity of the situation.
- In Batman & Robin: "You Lie!" Mr. Freeze yells in response to Poison Ivy telling him that Batman killed his wife. In truth, she is the one who pulled the plug on his wife's cryo chamber in a bid to Murder the Hypotenuse.
- The Mystery of Blue Harbor, a movie made by a local amateur film club featured the line "You are a lying liar from Liarton, New Hampliar, and I don't believe your lying lies!"
- Cary Elwes' character in Saw, after being told by his wife that the other guy chained up in a dirty bathroom with him lies. "Stop the lies! You're a liar!"
- The Room: Johnny's response when Lisa tries to get sympathy from other people by claiming that Johnny beats her: "Yawr lyin', I nevur hit joo. YU ARE TEARIN' ME A-PAHRT, LISA!!"
- In The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, an old bluesman tells the reporter (Eric Idle) that the Rutles stole his music, only to be interrupted by his wife with "He's lyin'! He's always lyin'!" She then says the everytime someone does a documentary about some white rock band he falsely claims to have been robbed by them.
- The Princess Bride with Miracle Max and his wife Valerie.
Max: You're right, that is a noble cause. But what he really said was "to blaive" which obviously means "to bluff" which means you probably were playing cards and he cheated!
Valerie: "LIAR! LIARLIARLIARLIARLIARLIARLIAR LIIIIIAAAAARRR!
- Elf: "You sit on a throne of lies!"
- In Anatomy of a Murder, when The Stool Pigeon Duane Miller gives testimony that sounds highly incriminating, the defendant suddenly roars: "You're a liar! You're a lousy stinking liar!"
- Played for Laughs in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When King Arthur chops off the Black Knight's arm, he remarks that he's "had worse", to which Arthur responds, "You lie!"
- A heartbreaking example in Catching Fire: At the end, when Haymitch has failed in his promise to Katniss to get Peeta out of the arena safely, Katniss throws herself on him, screaming, "Liar!" and hitting him until they sedate her, when she collapses, still sobbing, "You're a liar."
- In The World Is Not Enough, Renard does his usual "You cannot kill me because I'm already dead" Badass Boast to James Bond near the end, and Bond retorts (referring to Renard's lover Elektra), "So is she." Renard goes berserk on Bond while screaming that he is a liar.
- Stargate Continuum: After the Ba'al clone gloats about the plan which the original Ba'al has set in motion, Teal'c looks him in the eye and calmly states "He lies". O'Neill's response: "He does that, you know".
- The Chronicles of Narnia: King Tirian in The Last Battle. "Ape, you lie damnably. You lie like a Calormene. You lie like an ape." There would have been more, but he got smacked down before he could finish.
- The Dresden Files: In Skin Game, when Harry is asked why he doesn't trust Nicodemus, he says it's because he's a "lying liar who lies".
- Harry Potter
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Voldemort (possessing Quirrel) says this about Harry when Harry lies about what he sees in the Mirror of Erised. He lies...
- In Deathly Hallows, Harry shouts "LIES!" to no one in particular when first reading some of the media references to Dumbledore's Feet of Clay. The melodrama of this is lampshaded in that a Muggle neighbor is shown to overhear and glance around nervously.
- I must not tell lies. The real kicker about this is that while people throughout the course of the book accuse Harry of being unhinged, a prima donna, and/or a Glory Hound, and Fudge makes reference to his "cock and bull stories," Umbridge is the only one to outright call Harry a liar to his face.
- Al Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right accuses the entire George W. Bush administration of this trope as relates to the Iraq invasion. And that's all we have to say on the matter.
- The Lord of the Rings: Said by Gríma Wormtongue. Repeatedly. To the point where Gandalf calls him out on it at one point.
"That word comes too oft and easy from your lips," said Gandalf. "I do not lie."
- In The Film of the Book, it's the first thing he says, and Éomer is banished because of this. Of course, Éomer is the one telling the truth.
- Tortall Universe: From Trickster's Choice, regarding Prince Bronau Jimajen:
Aly: He's lying!
Sarai: I know that. His mouth is moving, isn't it?
- Similarly to the film example mentioned above, Valerie calls out Miracle Max on his lies to the heroes in The Princess Bride.
- Doctor Who:
- "Dalek" sees the title character respond to the Doctor's claim to have wiped out the Dalek race with "YOU LIE!" Unfortunately for the Dalek, the Doctor was telling the truth. As far as he knew.
- "The Long Game": When the Editor goes through Suki MacRae Cantrell's video biography, he calls it out as being the work of a liar.
- According to River Song; "Rule number one: The Doctor lies."
- And the Doctor might just have found his match in Clara, a self-proclaimed "incredible liar". They're a perfect match in terms of ego, too.
- In Hannibal Will's lawyer has this as his entire strategy against Freddie Lounds' testimony.
Lawyer: Miss Lounds, could you please remind me how many times you've been sued for libel?
Lawyer: I'm sorry?
Lawyer: And how many times did you settle?
Lawyer: Six... Thank you, nothing further.
- Freddie says this to Sam during one certain insult, and again when Spencer accuses Freddie of lying when he proves that his Galaxy Wars prop is fake.
- Also in "iStart a Fan War", when Carly says nobody is dating, after a brief moment of silence, out of nowhere a congressman-like person shouts, "YOU lie!" and the fan war continues. The scene was a Shout-Out to Joe Wilson saying the same thing to Barack Obama.
- Maury: Maury Povich's "That's a lie" during any of his shows concerning the results of a lie detector test.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Repeatedly in "I Accuse My Parents":
Joel, Crow, and Tom: Liar! Liar! Liar!
- Can occur on the Panel Show Would I Lie to You? if a panelist has been particularly bad at selling a story. This is likely to result in a hilarious reaction if it then turns out that the story is actually true.
- "Liar" by Emilie Autumn is about a former lover(s) that lied to her.
- "Liar" by Sex Pistols
- "Liar" by Megadeth is the tale of a liar with an extremely dysfunctional family. Supposedly inspired by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland.
- "Liar, Liar" by The Castaways
- And this super obvious one by The Band Perry called "You Lie"
- "He's A Liar" by The Bee Gees, also falls under I Lied once, and the music video suggests he's a Unreliable Narrator anyway.
- Emilia to Iago in Othello, after she finds out that he told Othello that Desdemona was unfaithful:
You told a lie, an odious damned lie,
Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie!
- In Tosca, when Scarpia tells Tosca how her lover is being subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture in the next room, her voice hits high C on an outburst of "Non è ver, non è ver!" ("It's not true, it's not true!")
- In Götterdämmerung, when Siegfried tells Brünnhilde that Gunther is now her husband, she exclaims in shock: "I? Gunther? Thou liest!"
- Lampshaded in The Moon Is Blue, when Don is denying that anything happened between him and Cynthia when she spent the night in his apartment:
David: She claims that...
Don: She lies. I never touched her. Moreover, I don't believe you. She'd never say...
David: She told me, definitely, that you...
Don: She lies.
David: Quit yapping "she lies" in that dramatic fashion before I can even finish a sentence. Let me try to recall exactly what she did say.
- William Shakespeare, in Much Ado About Nothing, has Dogberry list a whole pile of variations on "They lie" after he uncovers the plot against Hero.
- In The Rose Tattoo, when Flora and Bessie tell Serafina that her late husband was having an affair with Estelle Hohengarten, she flies into a rage and attacks the two clowns with a broom, howling at them: "Liar!—Lie-arrrrr!" When she recalls this with Alvaro, she doesn't want to say what lie they told about her husband, only how terrible the thought made her feel:
"I don't want to talk about it! I just want to forget it; it wasn't true, it was false, false, false!—as the hearts of the bitches who told it..."
- In West Side Story, when Chino tells Maria that Tony killed her brother, her first reaction is to say to Chino that he's lying and then say it again louder. Her disbelief in this horrible truth doesn't last very long, however.
- Used at least once by Phoenix and Apollo in the Ace Attorney games.
"If your client's innocent, then [that witness] must be lying."
- "You're lying, dammit, and I can prove it!"
- This is ultimately the entire point of the series: to take what people say and point out the inconsistencies, which typically includes them hiding something, or telling Seamless Spontaneous Lies. As Mia points out,
- You can accuse Kreia of this several times in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords; she freely admits it and you even gain approval for doing so.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Muzu, the elderly adviser to the Zora royal family with a prejudice against Hylians, bluntly accuses Prince Sidon of lying when informed that his beloved protege, Mipha, was in love with Link, the Hylian Champion.
- Seen a few times in Dragon Age II when Cassandra, who is interrogating Varric, calls him out on his fabrications. Varric himself admits that he embellishes or sometimes outright lies, but the large majority of what he tells Cassandra is the truth, and she realizes that. She shuts him down a few times when she knows he's not telling the truth; on the other hand, she also tries to shut him down once or twice when he's actually being honest. The difference is that when he really is lying, he admits it when she calls him out.
- Their interactions in Dragon Age: Inquisition sometimes have this element as well, although this time around they're much closer to being equals. They eventually become Vitriolic Best Buds, and Cassandra comes to realize that she can trust him. Amusingly, it turns out that the one actual important lie from the previous game (that he doesn't know where Hawke is now) was the one she didn't catch at all.
- Penny and Aggie: "Stop lying, you liar!"
- The Order of the Stick zigzags this trope several times... in only one strip. Here it is.
- In Far Out, the main character's protests are dismissed as this.
- Episode 20 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Rebecca Hawkins do this to Grandpa.
- A large amount of the customers featured on Not Always Right assume that if their demands are not met to the letter, then the employee is obviously just lying in order to weasel out of having to do any work. This usually results in accusing the person to their face or running off to tell a manager. Usually both.
- From Atop the Fourth Wall, "You are... confusing me. You are attempting a deception!"
- H.Bomberguy, on the subject of the claim that soy raises oestrogen levels:
Harris: How do I...put this in a way that makes it not sound rude? The studies didn't say anything like what this...lying liar...lied about.
- American Dad!: Stan cannot handle Hayley's denial that she was carrying a bottle of rum:
Stan: "Lies! It's like you have to lie to live! You're a liabetic! You have LIE-abetes! Twice a day you have to take a shot of insu-LIE-in!"
- Family Guy:
Lois: "Meg, if you don't want to babysit anymore, that's fine, but don't you stand there and lie to me."
- Meg claims that she has a boyfriend named Darren Mitchelstork who's the "chairman of the soccer ball team". Lois doesn't buy it, but humors her for a moment before laughing and calling Meg a "little liar".
- When Meg tells Lois she could be having a life on Saturday night:
- Invader Zim. As in the above quote.
- The Simpsons:
- "Lies make baby Jesus cry."
- "Last Exit to Springfield":
Dentist: How often do you brush, Ralph?Ralph Wiggum: Three times a day, sir.Ralph Wiggum: *in tears* You're right, I don't brush! I don't brush!
- And also:
Marge Simpson: Ned, I hate to say this, but I think God has packed up and left Springfield.Ned Flanders: No! You're lying, you're lying! What makes you lie?! *breaks down crying*
- Homer's reaction to Flanders saying he has a home business in "Das Bus":
Homer: You liar! You don't have a home business! Why would you make up a lie like that?
- On The Venture Bros., The Monarch cross-examines Hank:
"Well, Hank... what's it like to be... a LIAR?! YOU LIKE BEING A LIAR, WITH PANTS CONSTANTLY ON FIRE?"
- Futurama: Bender responds with the accusation that he is being used as a beer distiller with "Lies! Lies and slander!"... right before he burps up a bit of yeast.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: "You LIED! If you were a treasure chest, you would LIE at the bottom of the ocean! You would LIE in a LIEGHTHOUSE full of LIEONS and LIEMA BEANS!"
- "Boy, that guy sure sounds like a really big liar."
- During the Grand Finale of Transformers Animated, Lugnut and Shockwave have a Cat Fight - ahem, row over which of them is the most loyal to Megatron. As Megatron facepalms at two of his soldiers acting like protoforms, you can hear Shockwave going "Liar, lying liar!"
- Looney Tunes short "Beanstalk Bunny", with Daffy Duck as Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Elmer Fudd as the giant, and Bugs Bunny along for the ride.
Elmer: I smell the bwood of an English wabbit!
Bugs: Look, mac. You're the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, right?
Bugs: And the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk wasn't after no rabbit, he was after Jack. Right?
Elmer: Well, I guess maybe that is wight.
Bugs: Well, then... [points at Daffy] He is Jack.
Daffy: It's a lie! It's a lie! My name is... Aloysius! His name is Jack! Jack Rabbit!
Bugs: Oh, no. You're Jack.
Daffy: I am not! You're Jack!
Bugs: You are Jack, and you know it because it is a fact.
Elmer: I guess I'll just have to open with a pair of Jacks!
- In the two-part season 2 premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight must deal with her broken and mindraped friends. Two of which, Rarity and Applejack, become a hoarder and a compulsive liar respectively. Her patience finally breaks while she's trying to get the reference guide to the Elements of Harmony from Rarity.
Twilight: Where is she? Where's Rarity?
Applejack: Beats me.
(Big Ball of Violence ensues)
- Rainbow Dash to Fluttershy regarding why she can't trust Discord in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" after Discord claims that he never thought of trying to drive a wedge between the ponies so that they wouldn't use the Elements of Harmony against him.
- The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "A Very Special Blossom", the Professor is put in jail when found with the Pro Excellence 2000 golf clubs stolen from the golf store. Blossom was the one who stole them but claimed Mojo Jojo sold them to her; she had previously told her sisters that she found them.
Buttercup: Come on, tell the truth!
Bubbles: Yeah, you big fat liar!
- Teen Titans: In the episode "The Beast Within" Beast Boy screams this when everybody claims that he attacked Raven.
- In one episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Space Ghost cheerfully asks Moltar to come over after telling an obvious lie. When he does, Space Ghost begins slapping him.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: What's Zuko's Survival Mantra for dealing with his evil sister?
Zuko: Azula always lies, Azula always lies, Azula always lies....
Zuko: You lied to me!Azula: Oh, like I've never done that before.
- Even when Zuko manages to embrace this fact, Azula gleefully embraces it.
- Arthur gets this from the Tough Customers when coming clean about not being a habitual thief.
Rattles: You big liar! You lied! You're just a...lie-y liar! You big...lying...lie-face!
- The early season Adventure Time episode "The Witch's Garden" features Finn and Jake pissing a witch off by Jake eating one of her doughnuts and lying about it... as he's eating it. After stealing Jake's shapeshifting powers, she turns to caress one of her doughnut plants and makes a shocking discovery.
Doughnut Witch: Wait a second. You're a bagel! LIAR! LIARS EVERYWHERE!!!!
- United States Representative Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson (R-SC) interrupted an address to a joint session of Congress by shouting "YOU LIE!" at President Barack Obama. This quickly became a huge deal.
- Jeremy Paxman, a journalist famous for his tenacious and often confrontational interviewing style, once said that when interviewing politicians the question he always had in the back of his mind was "why is this lying bastard lying to me?"
- Donald Trump accused the media of lying about the size of the crowds at his inauguration, despite multiple photos and videos (as well as Metro ridership data) showing that the number of attendees at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration was significantly higher. Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer repeated the claim at his first official press conference, claiming that "Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting," and that "this was the largest audience to ever witness the inaugurationperiod. Both in person and around the globe." This ultimately led to Kellyanne Conway's infamous "alternative facts" statement:
Conway: Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What you're saying it's a falsehood. And theyre giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point remains—
NBC's Chuck Todd: (incredulous) Wait a minute. "Alternative facts"?
Conway: That there's—
Todd: Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered, the one thing he got right—
Conway: Hey, Chuck, why, hey Chuck—
Todd: —was Zeke Miller. Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look, "alternative facts" are not facts. They're falsehoods.