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Logical Fallacies in Politics & Media

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Transcript of Logical Fallacies in Politics & Media

Logical Fallacies in Politics
& Media

William Upchurch
Chase Tetpon

Begging the Question
Ad Hominem
& Appeal to Ignorance
English 1102
False Analogy
Slippery Slope
“I’ve heard this from public officials before,” Costello replied. “We didn’t have any fatalities, but that was just by the grace of God.”

“No, it’s not by the grace of God,” Reed countered.

“People got out of their cars in icy situations,” Costello insisted.

“That’s easy to say from your anchor seat,” Reed said dismissively.
( http://www.mediaite.com/tv/atlanta-mayor-lashes-out-at-cnn-anchor-in-combative-interview-over-poor-storm-prep/ )
Tu Quoquo
( http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/02/transcript-bill-oreilly-interviews-president-obama/ )
O'REILLY: Why didn't you fire Sebelius, the secretary in charge of this...

OBAMA: (INAUDIBLE).

O'REILLY: -- because I mean she had to know, after all those years and all that money, that it wasn't going to work?

OBAMA: You know, my main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people. And what we...

O'REILLY: You're not going to answer that?

OBAMA: -- what -- what we've ended up doing is we've got three million people signed up so far. We're about a month behind of where we anticipated we wanted to be. We've got over six million people who have signed up for Medicaid.
"Later Monday, the powerful conservative group Club for Growth, which is backing McDaniel, blasted out an email noting that the organization’s action arm is going up with a six-figure, statewide broadcast and cable television ad buy on Tuesday hitting Cochran. The spot charges that the incumbent senator is a big spender who has been in Washington too long, and seeks to tie him to Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter."
( Politico Magazine - Alexander Burns)
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