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14th Feb '17 3:47:01 AM smalltime
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* One variant of this is called [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kafkatrapping kafkatrapping]]. It's when you accuse someone of bigotry and then take their denial as proof that they're a bigot.
11th Feb '17 7:31:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is undoubtedly one of [[AuthorTract two reasons]] that TheOReillyFactor and CountdownWithKeithOlbermann exist. By extension, any show (or book, or radio program, or ''whatever'') with a severe political slant is going to fall into this at some point as the [[PanderingToTheBase Invisible Hand]] pulls them in that direction. There's almost no pundit who doesn't.

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* This is undoubtedly one of [[AuthorTract two reasons]] that TheOReillyFactor ''Series/TheOReillyFactor'' and CountdownWithKeithOlbermann ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'' exist. By extension, any show (or book, or radio program, or ''whatever'') with a severe political slant is going to fall into this at some point as the [[PanderingToTheBase Invisible Hand]] pulls them in that direction. There's almost no pundit who doesn't.
11th Feb '17 6:51:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Most political radio shows tend to be this by default. NealBoortz does his best to encourage dissenting opinions, for certain values of "encourage" and "dissenting" and "his best", because (as he said in his book ''Somebody's Gotta Say It'') shows where everybody agrees with the host tend to be extremely boring and sycophantic.

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* Most political radio shows tend to be this by default. NealBoortz Radio/NealBoortz does his best to encourage dissenting opinions, for certain values of "encourage" and "dissenting" and "his best", because (as he said in his book ''Somebody's Gotta Say It'') shows where everybody agrees with the host tend to be extremely boring and sycophantic.
23rd Jan '17 12:53:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LeftBehind'' is largely only liked by people who already believe in the Rapture. However, the author's beliefs regarding the rapture, the afterlife, and who is "worthy" is very old testament and controversially exclusive (the "only protestant Christians" and "you only get one chance if you've never heard of the bible until then" rules being the most obvious) make a lot of mainstream Christians uncomfortable because it reeks of DisproportionateRetribution.

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* ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' is largely only liked by people who already believe in the Rapture. However, the author's beliefs regarding the rapture, the afterlife, and who is "worthy" is very old testament and controversially exclusive (the "only protestant Christians" and "you only get one chance if you've never heard of the bible until then" rules being the most obvious) make a lot of mainstream Christians uncomfortable because it reeks of DisproportionateRetribution.
11th Jan '17 3:22:41 PM Josef5678
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* Morgan Spurlock's ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' famously followed the filmmaker as he lived on nothing but UsefulNotes/McDonald's for thirty days, eating everything on the menu at least once and super-sizing every time it is offered. He suffered significant health and weight issues as a result. This appears to have been greatly aided by Spurlock suddenly changing to a sedentary lifestyle, eating far more than he needed to and sleeping a lot, as no one has been able to reproduce his results. Spurlock did all he could to reach the conclusion he wanted to reach, while many other studies have shown that combining [=McDonald's=] food with an active lifestyle and not overeating does not lead to health or weight issues.

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* Morgan Spurlock's ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' famously followed the filmmaker as he lived on nothing but UsefulNotes/McDonald's UsefulNotes/McDonalds for thirty days, eating everything on the menu at least once and super-sizing every time it is offered. He suffered significant health and weight issues as a result. This appears to have been greatly aided by Spurlock suddenly changing to a sedentary lifestyle, eating far more than he needed to and sleeping a lot, as no one has been able to reproduce his results. Spurlock did all he could to reach the conclusion he wanted to reach, while many other studies have shown that combining [=McDonald's=] food with an active lifestyle and not overeating does not lead to health or weight issues.



* The ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', although even most people of the same view think he's insane.
** This is especially noticeable with the sources cited in the tracts. At least 90% of them are published by Chick himself. Which means he is pretty much creating his own research material.

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* The ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', although even most people of the same view think he's insane.
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insane. This is especially noticeable with the sources cited in the tracts. At least 90% of them are published by Chick himself. Which means he is pretty much creating his own research material.



* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and basically let his campaign coast, confident he would win handily. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio[[note]] a big swing state and Mitt Romney's major hope to remain in the race[[/note]] for Barack Obama.

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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and basically let his campaign coast, confident he would win handily. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio[[note]] a big swing state and Mitt Romney's major hope to remain in the race[[/note]] for Barack Obama.
11th Jan '17 12:24:14 PM CheeseDogX
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** This is especially noticeable with the sources cited in the tracts. At least 90% of them are published by Chick himself. Which means he is pretty much creating his own research material.
11th Jan '17 12:21:55 PM CheeseDogX
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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and sat comfortable in that knowledge. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio[[note]} a big swing state and Mitt Romney's major hope to remain in the race[[/note]] for Barack Obama.

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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and sat comfortable in that knowledge.basically let his campaign coast, confident he would win handily. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio[[note]} Ohio[[note]] a big swing state and Mitt Romney's major hope to remain in the race[[/note]] for Barack Obama.
11th Jan '17 12:19:40 PM CheeseDogX
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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and sat comfortable in that knowledge. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio for Barack Obama.

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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and sat comfortable in that knowledge. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio Ohio[[note]} a big swing state and Mitt Romney's major hope to remain in the race[[/note]] for Barack Obama.
11th Jan '17 12:18:01 PM CheeseDogX
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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems.

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* The Republican National Committee, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, admitted this as one of their problems. Many conservatives spoke only to people on their side, or paid attention to news sources slanted in their favor (such as the Fox News Channel), which was likewise was basing their stories only on what their own side was saying. As a result, they were convinced that Mitt Romney would be elected in a landslide, and sat comfortable in that knowledge. Once that bubble of comfort was burst, however, the results were less than pretty. Karl Rove in particular had an on camera meltdown when Fox News called Ohio for Barack Obama.
11th Jan '17 11:43:01 AM CheeseDogX
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* Whenever politics is mentioned in any word by Creator/JohnRingo, you can bet that conservatives will be upright, heroic, and correct, and liberals will be obstructionist (if not evil), ignorant, and wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. And most intelligent people will be conservative. The stories sometimes reads as a "how to hate the liberals" manual. And of course, most of Ringo's fans are themselves conservative.

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* Whenever politics is mentioned in any word work by Creator/JohnRingo, you can bet that conservatives will be upright, heroic, and correct, and liberals will be obstructionist (if not evil), ignorant, and wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. And most intelligent people will be conservative. The stories sometimes reads as a "how to hate the liberals" manual. And of course, most of Ringo's fans are themselves conservative.
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