The Common Fallacies Of Reasoning

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Common Fallacies in Reasoning The practice of allowing citizens to vote for their leadership is currently used in two-thirds of the world’s countries. As such, it is imperative to the basic freedoms of the public that those citizens are properly educated on the matters they vote for. However, several cases of “voter’s remorse”, such as that over the American presidency of Donald Trump or Britain’s decision to leave the EU, imply that more work needs to be done in this regard. A good starting point might be to raise awareness of logical fallacies, strategies that the media uses to sway opinion with implication rather than fact. Several examples of these logical fallacies can be seen during the 2016 Presidential Election, leading up to the…show more content…
That’s the Either/Or fallacy in action, where Trump is implying his policy to be a strictly win/lose scenario, shutting down discussion of a potential compromise right then and there. That’s not supposed to be an admirable quality for the Presidency.
While this was going on, one would expect the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, to be more well-recognized by voters. Unfortunately, her campaign was haunted by scandals from her previous role as Secretary of State, such as storing classified information on a private email server, and leaving potential deals with foreign countries undisclosed. When questioned about it at a Presidential Debate, Clinton tried to dodge the subject altogether:
Wallace: Secretary Clinton, during your 2009 Senate confirmation hearing, you promised to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with your dealing with the Clinton Foundation while you were secretary of state, but e-mails show that donors got special access to you...Can you really say that you kept your pledge to that Senate committee?
Clinton: Well, everything I did as secretary of state was in furtherance of our country’s interests and our values...But I am happy, in fact I’m thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation, because it is a world-renowned charity and I am so proud of the work that it does. (Medium)
Hillary’s answer didn’t match the question

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