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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Liam Ott

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Transcript of Friday, January 20, 2017

Little Timmy hates the environment
A drowning man will grasp at straw.
-Greek Proverb
Hypothetical Example:
Real World Example:
AP Reporter Russell Contreras claimed in a story concerning Trump's immigration plan that, "you cannot deport 11 million people". However, Trump has never called for the mass deportation of all 11 million illegal immigrants. At the most, Trump had claimed that illegal immigrants had to go. Trump's immigration plan also contains more than just immigration, such as his plans to build a wall. Contreras' article did not mention other facets of Trump's plan and erroneously claimed that Trump planned to have all 11 million undocumented immigrants deported to their country of origin.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Misrepresentation for Argumentation
Straw Man Fallacy

A Straw Man fallacy constitutes the substitution of a person's actual argument with a hyperbolic or completely fallacious version of the argument. These fallacies can be used to either enhance the opposition's point of view, or hinder the credibility of the person being misrepresented.
After Timmy accidentally threw his empty water bottle into the regular waste bin instead of the recycling bin, Johnny responded by saying that he was disgusted that Timmy has such reckless disregard for the protection of our environment. After this harsh accusation, little Timmy's campaign for Class President fell out of favor with his peers. At one point, pro-Johnny supporters filled Timmy's locker with empty plastic water bottles.
Donald Trump and Immigration
Source: http://patriotupdate.com/media-use-straw-man-arguments-to-cow-the-american-people-on-immigration/ (September 2, 2015)
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