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2008 McCain 527 Let Freedom Ring: I Won’t Expand My Business

2008 McCain 527 Let Freedom Ring: I Won’t Expand My Business

July 9, 2012 No Comments

From a 527 called 'Let Freedom Ring', an ad in which a small business man claims that he wants to expand his business but won't if Obama is elected President.

Michael J Fox For Claire McCaskill
2004 Presidential Campaign- MoveOn: Mistakes
Joe The Plumber “I’m Not Saying…”

Joe The Plumber “I’m Not Saying…”

June 29, 2012 No Comments

An ad from Samuel "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher's campaign against Marcy Kaptur for Ohio's 9th district seat in the House of Representatives. It uses a the technique of distancing the speaker from obvious fallacious claims by qualifying them with the phrase 'I'm not saying that...'

2008 Obama Ad: Bringing Home A Friend
2008 Hillary Ad – Red Phone

2008 Hillary Ad – Red Phone

June 26, 2012 No Comments

Famous example from the 2008 Democratic primary from Hillary Clinton, suggesting Obama wasn't prepared for the Presidency:

The Mitt Romney Presidency

The Mitt Romney Presidency

June 25, 2012 No Comments

What the country would supposedly look like if Romney is elected president

Obama’s “Kill Romney strategy”

Obama’s “Kill Romney strategy”

June 24, 2012 No Comments

Romney ad from late Spring 2012, seeking to raise money for the general election campaign.

Woman calls Obama an Arab, McCain says he is a “family man”

Woman calls Obama an Arab, McCain says he is a “family man”

June 13, 2012 No Comments

A woman at a town hall style meeting claims Barack Obama is an "Arab." McCain takes the mic to correct her, saying Obama is a 'decent, family man.'

2004 Bush Ad – 527 Swift Boat Vets: Never Forget
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Fake Expert

Fake Expert: A fallacious appeal to authority in which the 'expert' is not an expert at all.

Expert in the wrong domain

Expert in the wrong domain: a fallacious version of an appeal to authority - i.e. appealing to a doctor...

Slippery Slope

Slippery slope: If we take one step, we’ll have to take all the rest of them because there’s no...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post hoc ergo propter hoc: “After this, therefore because of this”, a fallacy in reasoning about causes. (I took...

Poisoning The Well

Poisoning the well: Telling the audience what to think of a speaker when you’re introducing the speaker (My next...