Episodes

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...

Show Notes The Nirvana Fallacy is committed when someone dismisses an argument or an option because it is flawed in some way, even though it may be the best of all available arguments or options. We started out with this clip of Trump lying about the Iran deal: In Mark's British Politics Corner,...

Show Notes The Ad Hominem Circumstantial Fallacy is committed when, instead of addressing someone's argument, you question the reason that they are making the argument, often suggesting that their circumstances mean that they benefit in some way from such an argument. We started out with this tweet from Donald dismissing John Bolton's...

Show Notes The fallacy of the Faulty Analogy is committed when you assume that because two things are alike in one way, then they are alike in all ways. We started out with this clip of Trump comparing running a business to running a country: And we followed that up with this clip...

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