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Fallacy in Everyday Media

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It is clear from that although fallacy is oftentimes mistakenly understood synonymous with factual error, generally, they are two different concepts. The former is an error in reasoning, while the latter is simply an erroneous fact. Specifically, a fallacy is an ‘argument’ in which the premises given for the conclusion do not provide the needed degree of support (Labossiere, sec. 1, par. 3) making it invalid or incorrect. There are varied forms of fallacy, which people commit every day. Three commonly abused fallacies observed in everyday media are discussed below. A news story by Magnus Linklater of The Times entitled The age of personal vitriolic abuse shows vividly how politicians use the fallacy of Ad Hominem against a political adversary. As in the case of Gordon Brown’s rivalry with Tony Blair over premiership of Britain Linklater reported: Mr. Brown is now the object of what can only be described as a feeding frenzy that goes well beyond criticism of his political indecision, the handling of the Northern Rock affair and the errors he admits to, such as the 10p tax fiasco. It is fuelled too by party infighting and the paying off of ancient scores. given the long-running rivalry between him and Tony Blair… the resulting bitterness should not surprise us. But none of that quite explains the personal vitriol. Here is one sentence, culled from a recent national newspaper leader… : They [British voters] know their Premier to be a neurotic, dysfunctional mediocrity. an insecure Stalinist who worships power but cannot take a decision. a moral and political coward who tries to fill the vacuum at the heart of his leadership with blustering rhetoric and adolescent bullying. Such kind of argument is a classic example of the fallacy of Ad Hominem because the detractors of Brown did not only criticize his political failures but instead attack his character in order to demerit his stand or his policies.