Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Control-Deletes’ Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway Over ‘Alternative Facts’
Apple CEO Tim Cook Cook blasted Donald Trump’s top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, over her efforts to push “alternative facts” on national media, reported 9to5Mac.
Accepting the Free Expression Award at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Cook said: “We must be open to alternative points of view, not alternative facts.”
Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” in January, while defending misstatements by the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowds.
Photos showed that fewer people turned out for Trump’s inauguration than for Barack Obama’s, but Spicer insisted otherwise. Conway went on to call his comments “alternative facts” in press interviews.
In his speech, Cook said expression and art had become different from what the founding fathers had in mind.
“James Madison probably wasn’t imagining a hip-hop artist … but today, we do,” he said.
Referring to the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which protects free speech, Cook added: “We know that these freedoms require protection. Not just the forms of speech that entertain us, but the ones that challenge us. The ones that unnerve and even displease us. They’re the ones that need protection the most. It’s no accident that these freedoms are enshrined and protected in the First Amendment. They are the foundation to so many of our rights.”
Cook also said Apple took the First Amendment “very seriously.”
“First we defend, we work to defend these freedoms by enabling people around the world to speak up. And second, we do it by speaking up ourselves,” he said. “Because companies can, and should have values.”
Cook has taken a stand against Trump’s administration before, criticizing the president’s botched immigration order.