Associated Press demonstrates Conservative Bias through flawed reasoning, calls it fact checking.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

I’ve been waiting for the fact checkers to produce something worthy of them from the DNC.  The RNC certainly kept them busy with their chronic and possibly pathological lies.  So far this is the best they’ve been able to do and frankly I am deeply dissappointed in the Associated Press.  Shame on them. http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/06/804811/associated-press-fact-checks-clintons-speech-by-bringing-up-monica-lewinsky/

This is what in formal logic is called an Ad Hominem attack.  It’s actually quite clever because it is two logical fallacies in one.  This is an Ad Hominem attack that is also attempting to Poison the Well.

A fallacious Ad Hominem argument can be defined thusly:

Arguments of this kind focus not on the evidence for a view but on the character of the person advancing it; they seek to discredit positions by discrediting those who hold them. It is always important to attack arguments, rather than arguers, and this is where arguments that commit the ad hominem fallacy fall down.

Poisoning the Well  is defined as:

Poisoning the well is a rhetorical technique and logical fallacy that uses the association of negative emotions to distract a subject from actual evidence in an argument.
The usual method is to point out the unpleasant nature of the person making the opposing argument, in which case it is a special case of a personal attack or ad hominem. In general, “to poison the well” means to pre-provide any information that could produce a biased opinion of the reasoning, positive or negative.
It can be done subtly or quite blatantly. A subtle way of poisoning the well would be to use particular adjectives in introducing something that would influence people who are about to hear an argument. In a more blatant display, someone can make an outright personal attack in an introduction. For example, asking people to remember that a person has been in prison before listening to their statements; the well is now “poisoned” because people are likely to distrust a person making an argument knowing that they’re a convict, regardless of the reasoning that they put forward. (Wiki)

 

And this is why I am very very disappointed in the Associated Press for doing this.  Their bias has shown and they have discredited themselves by using these tactics and claiming to be fact checking while doing it.  They have not checked the facts, they have engaged in flawed reasoning in an attempt to discredit a very charismatic speaker.  They ought to be ashamed.

This affects the fabric of our society.  This is a vile misuse of trust.  People look for news to be factual to form educated opinions.  To betray that trust in such a sneaky and underhanded manner as to present flawed reasoning as fact checking is evil.  Evil rarely feels shame, but the editor and journalist who are responsible  ought to feel ashamed of themselves.  That is if they still possess the capacity.

 

One Comment

  1. As someone who never really payed much attention to the Associated Press prior to this election season (2012), it is very apparent to me that the AP has very strong conservative GOP bias. I will not be reading AP news source articles any longer.

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