Saturday, March 01, 2008

Argumentum Ad Verecundiam

Jonathan Kay sounds like a desperate man, today. So desperate in fact, that he commits the logical fallacy of "appeal to authority" by proxy, in his defense of the Harperites. Forget about the testimony of Cadman's family, says Kay, because Tom Flanagan's resume is long and he is "too smart" to do such a thing. Does Mr. Kay offer any evidence to back up this astounding logical flight of fancy? No, he merely appeals to the emotion of his readers by offering, in essence, the tautological "This can't be true, it just can't be", again and again. As the circle closes on the Harperites, watch for more and more nonsense being generated by their minions both in the MSM and the blogosphere.
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