Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Revisiting the Fox News Fallacy

As I explain in my new piece at The Liberal Patriot, it's alive and well. And Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin thanks the Democrats for their sturdy work in this regard.
"Three months ago, I wrote a piece on the Fox News Fallacy. As I explained in that piece:
"This is the idea that if Fox News (substitute here the conservative bĂȘte noire of your choice if you prefer) criticizes the Democrats for X then there must be absolutely nothing to X and the job of Democrats is to assert that loudly and often. The problem is that an issue is not necessarily completely invalid just because Fox News mentions it. That depends on the issue. If there is something to the issue and persuadable voters have real concerns, you will not allay those concerns by embracing the Fox News Fallacy. In fact, you'll probably intensify them by giving such voters the impression that Democrats simply don't care about their concerns and will do nothing to address them. That will undermine the Democrats’ ability to respond to predictable attacks against their candidates….and raise the likelihood of a midterm debacle."
In light of the Democrats’ dreadful performance in last week’s election, I thought it would be useful to revisit this analysis and see if it still applies. In the original piece, I looked at three issues: crime, immigration and “critical race theory” (CRT). The latter is particularly apropos given the role of this issue in Republican Glenn Youngkin’s surprise defeat of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial contest."
Read the whole thing at The Liberal Patriot!

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