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Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, appeared a week ago on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd and famously uttered the phrase “alternative facts” when pressed about the falsehoods uttered the previous day by White House press secretary Sean Spicer regarding the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. In an appearance yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace, Conway made clear just how much the media uproar over those words had affected her.

“Talk about fake news, talk about alternative facts: What happened last week? I went on three network Sunday shows. I spoke for 35 minutes on three network Sunday shows. You know what got picked? The fact that I said, ‘alternative facts.’ Not the fact that I ripped a new one to some of those hosts for never covering the facts that matter to America’s women — 16.1 women in poverty as we sit here, the 12.4 million women who have no health insurance,” said Conway, suggesting that people like Todd and ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos were addicted to phony issues and not big-time issues.

Conway represents the man who sent his press secretary out on his second day in office to complain about portrayal of his inaugural crowd size.