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Broadcasts From The Ministry Of Truth

The Little Golden Book Of Alternative Facts

The “Ministry of Truth” is one of the many government departments in George Orwell’s “1984.” A gigantic building with 3,000 rooms above the ground level and the same below, its job is the polar opposite of what its name suggests: to present an alternate version of history by bowdlerizing and editing and expunging all manner of texts.

In that world, “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” “ignorance is strength”—and truth is falsehood. It is there that this book belongs. A spin on the “Little Golden Books,” it’s motivated by the concept of “alternative facts,” as proposed by Kellyanne Conway, counselor to president Donald Trump.



August 22, 2016 issue of TIME.
August 22, 2016 issue of TIME.

The August 22, 2016 issue of TIME features an illustration of Donald Trump on its cover, which depicts him as a little molten.

October 24, 2016 issue of TIME.
October 24, 2016 issue of TIME.

The October 24, 2016 issue updates the earlier cover. In this, he’s melted into a yellow puddle.

On another front: Pumpkins are also getting political this Halloween. A prominent trend in carving jack o’ lanterns this season are presidential pumpkins, dubbed “Trumpkins.”

h/t: TIME