08 Jul Moral Equivalence Fallacy – FT#3
The fallacy of Moral Equivalence is committed when someone argues that because the actions of two people or groups are morally equivalent (whether they are or not), those people or groups are just as bad as each other.
The examples used in this episode will be coming soon.
Here are the links to the stories we talked about
And finally, some things we really didn’t have time to talk about:
- Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of families at the border and instead requiring children to be detained indefinitely in the same facility as their parents. He then claimed to have fixed the problem, like someone who sets fire to an orphanage, pisses on the fire and demands a medal.
- Melania flew out to visit children in a detention centre, while wearing a jacket that said ‘I really don’t care, do U?’ in huge letters on the back. Her spokesperson said there was no hidden message, which is technically true, since the message was loud and clear.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, by the owner, who said they had certain standards to uphold. In a clear ethics violation, Sanders then used her official government Twitter account to attack the restaurant and Trump weighed in soon after.
- According to intelligence sources, North Korea has been increasing its production of fuel for nuclear weapons and completing the expansion of a key missile manufacturing plant. But it’s OK, because Kim promised Donny that they’d stop. Pinky swear.
- In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, now says his loyalty lies with his family and his country. He said he does not agree that the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt, and he believes the intelligence agencies regarding Putin meddling in the US election.
- Last Sunday, Trump tweeted that America needs immediate deportation of immigrants without due process. He’s definitely read the constitution, though – he must just have skipped over the 5th and 14th amendments.
- Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine has been named the new White House Communications Director. Befitting the real-life ‘Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher’ job, Shine is a totally qualified candidate who hardly ever covered up sexual harassment scandals at Fox. Well, maybe 4 or 5 times. 12 max.
- And finally, the Trump Foundation’s lawyer asked to change the date of the trial against the allegedly fraudulent charity so that it doesn’t happen just before the midterm elections. The judge in the case laughed, didn’t change the date, and hinted she would be requiring the president to testify.