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Archive for Attack on Character

Undermining Biography

July 18, 2012 No Comments

Undermining Biography: sewing seeds of doubt due to questionable background. Also known as ‘swiftboating’.

Definitional Matters, Undermining public biography

Undermining Shared Values

July 17, 2012 No Comments

Undermining Shared Values: undermining trust by pointing out that the opponent has values different than the audiences

Definitional Matters, Undermining Shared Values

Attack On Character

July 16, 2012 No Comments

Attack on character: undermining trust via character

Attack on Character, Definitional Matters
2004 Presidential Campaign- MoveOn: Mistakes
2004 Swift Boat Vets – Christmas in Cambodia?

2004 Swift Boat Vets – Christmas in Cambodia?

June 25, 2012 No Comments

One of the famed Swift Boat ads from the 2004 presidential campaign, raising questions about Kerry's biography.

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
2004 Bush Ad – 527 Swift Boat Vets: Friends
2004 Bush Ad – 527 Swift Boat Vets: Why?
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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...

Loaded Question

Loaded question: A question with an unacceptable pre-supposition. (Why do you hate America so much? – Stephen Colbert)

Fallacies of Relevance

Fallacies of Relevance: Bringing up irrelevant considerations in an effort to distract listener from the merits of the actual...

Guilt By Association

Guilt by Association: You are just the same as X, and X is terrible. Therefore, you’re terrible (the conclusion...

Genetic Fallacy

Genetic fallacy: Saying that some idea’s history or origin (genesis) means it is true/false.

Equivocation

Equivocation: when an argument relies on an ambiguous word (a word with more than one possible meaning), shifting in...

Enthymeme

Enthymeme: general term for an argument with a gap (missing premise)

Confusing Correlation With Causation

Confusing Correlation With Causation: (Buying gas is correlated with owning a car. Clearly, buying gas causes car ownership.)

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias: seeing what you believe; interpreting observations/data to match a conclusion you already have in mind.

Undermining Biography

Undermining Biography: sewing seeds of doubt due to questionable background. Also known as ‘swiftboating’.