Episodes

Show Notes The Argument by Slogan Fallacy is committed when someone uses a short snappy phrase to avoid making an argument that actually requires some nuance, explanation or evidence.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump's rally crowd chanting "Lock her up!" in 2016: We followed that up with this clip of...

Show Notes The Argument by Gibberish Fallacy is committed when someone uses jargon or nonsense in place of an argument or an answer because they are unable to provide a coherent, useful or logical response.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump on the Dr. Oz show answering the question "What...

Show Notes The Politician's Fallacy is committed when someone recognises that 'something' must be done about a problem and assumes that any 'something' will do.   Trump We started out with this clip of Trump explaining why he had to put tariffs on Chinese goods: Then we talked about this Washington Post interview where he...

Show Notes The Accelerating Truth Fallacy is committed when someone uses their own previous assertions as evidence or proof that those assertions are true.   Trump We started out with these clips of Trump claiming with more and more certainty that Robert Mueller wanted to be his FBI Director:   Mark's British Politics Corner Mark talked about...

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...

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