Sean Spicer, the new White House press secretary, gave his first media briefing on Saturday, kicking off his tenure with an easily verifiable falsehood.
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer told reporters.
Yeah, not so much. Check out these photos from the Associated Press taken just before noon at the 2009 and 2017 presidential inaugurations.
Spicer also said that perhaps the size of the crowd was made more evident because this was the first time white covers had been placed on the Mall — but that's also wrong. Here's President Obama's 2013 inauguration: