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"The Clinton Camp Gets Desperate"

"The Clinton Camp Gets Desperate" | Fallacies Found | Scoop.it

"I'm just saying that if you look at his reaction to recent poll results, one could easily assume that Obama is not afriad of-- perhaps even relishes-- the idea of beating a woman."

Cora Brooks's insight:

Equivocation: Simply stated, when a part of an argument can be taken in different ways. In this example, the bolded phrase 'beating a woman' when taken out of context gives a really bad impression.

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What does Hitler have in Common with Obama?

What does Hitler have in Common with Obama? | Fallacies Found | Scoop.it
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A radical comparison between Obama and Hitler along with Lenin. This is the fallacy called 'Faulty Analogy". 

Since all of the above mentioned can be identified with the idea of Change, does that give someone the right to compare them equally? The answer is no- Their changes are completely different. This could also be qualified as a scare tactic to scare people away from voting for Obama. 

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"New Morning"

This is not the change we were promised.
Cora Brooks's insight:

 The 2012 election is a gold mine for fallacies in arguments. For example, this ad known as the 'New Morning' ad paints a picture of an average American household. They then use the fallacy of attacking one's character or an Ad Hominem.

Basically, the commercial claims that Barack Obama isn't trust worthy, and Romney has the correct values. 

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The Famous Sarah MacLachlan ASPCA Commercial

Cora Brooks's insight:

Here we have an example of an over emotional appeal. Almost anyone hates seeing the images of sad animals poorly treated, and the sad music on top of it is almost too much. 

It has gotten to the point that many people don't watch the advertisement any more, and it has become a joke on the internet with the song starring in various parodies.

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EW. Jackson: Gay Marriage Leads to Bestiality

Va. GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson says 'Adam and Steve' will soon become 'Adam and a Bull'
Cora Brooks's insight:

The example discussed in class: Gay marriage will lead to horrible things. This is an classic example of the slippery slope. In this specific example, E.W. Jackson says that after gay marriage is allowed, what won't be allowed? He then goes on to say it will lead to beastiality and it will find it's way into Small Town, USA.

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"The Spiderman Fallacy"

"The Spiderman Fallacy" | Fallacies Found | Scoop.it
Cora Brooks's insight:

A very simplified version of the Post Hoc/Faulty Causality fallacy. The fallacy's full name 'Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc' translates to 'after this, therefore because of this'. This image points out the following argument falacy: Since the Bible is proof that God exists, then doesn't that mean that 'The Amazing Spiderman' comics proves Spiderman's exsistence?

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Westboro Baptist Church Visits a College Classroom

A young woman asks Shirley Phelps-Roper if God is the reason she's gay.
Cora Brooks's insight:

Westboro Baptist Church- One of the most hated groups in America. Constantly, these people use fallacies such as dogmatism, red herrings, the slippery slope, and scare tactics.

In this video, Shirley Phelps-Roper who is the representative of the Westboro Church most commonly uses the fallacy known as a red herring. She constantly tries to change the subject on the person she's arguing with.

 

*Warning: The video has strong language.* 

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Teen Pregnancy Advertisement

Teen Pregnancy Advertisement | Fallacies Found | Scoop.it
Cora Brooks's insight:

This advertisement is a clear example of a scare tactic. 

It is a scare tactic because it uses an emotional appeal to fear- It's frightening to think about such a cost when the economy is so terrible. 

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