Since Trump’s candidacy, the liberal media has fed me a diet increasingly heavy on Leftism, while the conservative media feeds me the same old meal of fear and disaster.
“Hateful Eight” was not brought to you by Quentin Tarantino. It was brought to you by a consortium of 60 companies all looking for a slice of the $145M gross.
It is only from the bridge of the Poseidon that you can safely pronounce the situation an unqualified disaster.
You can publish any subjective opinion as fact by attributing it to someone else.
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.
What you think you heard is often different from what was actually said.
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,…
What did they say? What did they really say? Here’s my favorite trick for thinking critically. I was first introduced to this technique by my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Ravitz. You probably saw this if you studied geometry. Does this statement make sense? 2+2=4 Of course it does. Is it true? I think we would…
Oh we are so easily lied to. Here’s an intro to spotting the hidden message — and messenger!