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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
The People Who Work For Jack Daniels

The People Who Work For Jack Daniels

June 27, 2012 No Comments

Ad from Jack Daniels identifying the character of the workers with the character of the consumers.

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:

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.

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

Mitt Romney cares about his wife

Mitt Romney cares about his wife

June 24, 2012 No Comments

Character profile of Mitt Romney, through testimony of wife and sons.

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


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’.