By coupling an objective statement with a string of subjective statements, a speaker gives an impression of credibility to an opinion that’s no more substantial than his choice of salad dressing.
Statements that assert facts might be objective or subjective, and of course they may be true or false.
Media messages are frequently presented to you as Mostly Dead, when they could just as easily be framed as Slightly Alive.
Here is a simple, common, powerful way a message-bearer can bias the recipient without even deviating from objectivity.
I am not convinced God is interested in participating in American politics.
Forget recycling the package: buying stuff through the mail is unsustainable.
What you think you heard is often different from what was actually said.
I recently opined that the Republican Party should distance itself from Donald Trump and the radical right as quickly and as far as possible, as the only chance of preserving their party with anything like respectability. I have changed my mind. I think it is too late. Here is a new suggestion: Abandonment. Abandon the Republican…
For practice, let’s apply the logical analysis I described in post 1.1 Truth Value vs Truth to Mitt Romney’s famous “47%” speech. (The transcript appears at the bottom of this post.) In September 2012, when he was running for President against incumbent Barack Obama, Romney spoke at a private fundraising event in Boca Raton, Florida. Among other things,…
No, Trump is not Hitler. But then, in 1932, Hitler wasn’t Hitler either.