Welcome to Rational Rants

Lately, it seems the world has been overwhelmed with biased opinion pieces from formerly reputable media sources. These editorials typically hinge on arguments that are patently invalid according to standard rules of logic.

Master manipulators use multiple fallacies to convince even well educated readers of false claims. As a result, the public suffers when faulty policy decisions are made.

An argument is a lot like software. It can have bugs or it can be flawless. Applying the techniques of debugging computer programs is a very useful way to find the “bugs” but the vast majority of people don’t have the time or inclination to go through that exercise. Fortunately, I do.

For people who don’t have the time to do such an exhaustive analysis, it’s helpful to have an in-context indicator of just what is going on behind all the verbal smoke and mirrors. This blog is dedicated to graphically exposing the use of invalid arguments in the public discourse so we can all recognize more readily which positions are actually supported by the facts.

Oftentimes, there are many different fallacies employed in a single article so it’s not as simple as dismissing the whole thing as an ad hominem attack for example.

To show the true extent of the deceit employed by in these essays, I will color-code each invalid argument and link it directly to the corresponding fallacy definition on Wikipedia.

Hopefully, this blog can help news editors to recognize invalid arguments in the future and maybe even elevate the level of our national discourse to one of arguing the merits rather than our current media climate of screaming, deceit and name-calling.

If you see such a piece in a major publication, please bring it to my attention and I’ll be happy to shred it here.

This is a non-partisan blog with no axe to grind except for the reduction of the use of fallacy in public discourse.

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