Fallacies

Show Notes The Appeal to the Law is committed when someone equates the legality of an act with its morality, i.e. saying whatever they did was fine, because there's no law against it.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump talking about the payments his organisation made to Stormy Daniels: Then we...

Show Notes The Overextended Outrage Fallacy is committed when an isolated or infrequent incident is used to demonize a whole group of people.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump talking about illegal immigrants and crime: And then we looked at this tweet about the Seattle protests: Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle,...

Show Notes The Argument by Rhyme Fallacy is committed when someone uses a rhyming slogan in place of an argument in an attempt to sway opinion or simplify a complex issue.   Trump We started out with this tweet from Trump: ...

Show Notes The Alleged Certainty Fallacy is committed when someone makes a claim and then alleges that everyone knows it's true, thereby avoiding the need to offer any evidence.   Trump We started out with Trump being unable to name a crime that Obama committed, so claiming that it's obvious to everyone: And then, in...

Show Notes The Historical Fallacy is committed when someone assumes the current situation was always inevitable and ignores or denies the context of what led up to it..   Trump We started out with this clip of Tucker Carlson lying about why the curve was flattened: Mark's British Politics Corner Mark stepped right outside his remit...

Show Notes The No True Scotsman Fallacy is committed when your existing definition of a particular group is challenged by a member who doesn't fit the criteria. Rather than adjust the definition, the offending group member is redefined as a non-member of the group. The name comes from an example given in...

Show Notes The Rhetorical Question Fallacy is a way of accusing people of something while appearing to be 'just asking questions'. Often the questions being asked have already been debunked or already have a satisfactory answer.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump accusing healthcare workers of stealing PPE during a...

Show Notes The Hedging Fallacy is committed when someone changes their story or point of view and then acts like nothing has changed and they always thought like that.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump answering a journalist who asked him why his tone shifted and he started taking the...

Show Notes The Appeal to Flattery Fallacy is committed when someone uses flattery in the place of an argument when convincing someone to accept their point of view. We started out with this Trump tweet about A$AP Rocky: Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the...

Show Notes The Wrong Tool Fallacy is committed when someone tries to present evidence for their argument, but the method or tool they are using isn't designed to show what they claim it shows. We started out with this clip of Trump bragging about the Dow Jones: Then we looked at this clip...

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