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4th Apr '16 11:52:17 AM ImaginaryMetroid
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=> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!

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4th Apr '16 11:51:58 AM ImaginaryMetroid
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=> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!
20th Mar '16 7:05:05 PM Josef5678
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** The UK versions of the ads are even worse. The Mac and PC are played by Robert Webb and Creator/DavidMitchell, respectively. They play basically the same characters as they do in ''PeepShow'', where Webb's character is stupid, lazy, and unreliable, and Mitchell is hard-working and [[TheComicallySerious serious-to-a-fault]]. Which qualities would you rather have in your computer?

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** The UK versions of the ads are even worse. The Mac and PC are played by Robert Webb and Creator/DavidMitchell, respectively. They play basically the same characters as they do in ''PeepShow'', ''Series/PeepShow'', where Webb's character is stupid, lazy, and unreliable, and Mitchell is hard-working and [[TheComicallySerious serious-to-a-fault]]. Which qualities would you rather have in your computer?



* BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.

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* BillMaher Creator/BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.



* One of the more prevalent biases that narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
** She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] in-universe.

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* One of the more prevalent biases that the narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
**
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed''. She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played {{played for laughs]] laughs}} in-universe.



* Morgan Spurlock's ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' famously followed the filmmaker as he lived on nothing but [=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 [=McDonald's=] 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.



** One unused stand-up bit from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' is about this. "To comedians, the truth is just bad material. The last thing you want is for people to just be thinking, "Hey, he's...right. He's a really, really ''accurate'' guy."

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** One unused stand-up bit from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is about this. "To comedians, the truth is just bad material. The last thing you want is for people to just be thinking, "Hey, he's...right. He's a really, really ''accurate'' guy."



* [[DeadHorseGenre Certain genres of music]] may fall into this trope, particularly those that began as underground movements and became mainstream later on; artists and songs would be judged primarily on their subject matter, perceived attitude, or whether or not a message is present, rather than being enjoyed/loathed for the music itself. Hip hop music, due to its lyric-heavy, melody-sparse nature, might be the most prominent example. Particularly the artists of the PoliticalRap sub genre. The main polarizers being PublicEnemy, TheCoup, and the extremely controversial rappers Paris, and Immortal Technique. And to a lesser extent, Music/IceCube, Music/IceT, and Music/TupacShakur.

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* [[DeadHorseGenre Certain genres of music]] may fall into this trope, particularly those that began as underground movements and became mainstream later on; artists and songs would be judged primarily on their subject matter, perceived attitude, or whether or not a message is present, rather than being enjoyed/loathed for the music itself. Hip hop music, due to its lyric-heavy, melody-sparse nature, might be the most prominent example. Particularly the artists of the PoliticalRap sub genre. The main polarizers being PublicEnemy, TheCoup, Music/PublicEnemy, Music/TheCoup, and the extremely controversial rappers Paris, and Immortal Technique. And to a lesser extent, Music/IceCube, Music/IceT, and Music/TupacShakur.



* [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/Vaccines+Cause+Autism/funny-gifs/5216011/ This gif]], taken from a Website/CollegeHumor video, involves a woman searching Google (who is in the form of a regular guy) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive result with a smarmy "I knew it!"

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* [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/Vaccines+Cause+Autism/funny-gifs/5216011/ This gif]], taken from a In the Website/CollegeHumor video, involves sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was a Guy (Part 3)]]", a woman searching Google (who searches Website/{{Google}} ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who is in the form of a regular guy) guy]]) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive result with a smarmy "I knew it!"
20th Mar '16 6:56:45 PM Josef5678
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* Gleefully parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2444 in this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.

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* %%* Gleefully parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2444 in this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.
15th Mar '16 12:59:45 PM Jeduthun
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Compare the related fallacies NoTrueScotsman, MovingTheGoalposts, and BeggingTheQuestion. A form of SelectiveObliviousness; see also OpinionMyopia.

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Compare the related fallacies NoTrueScotsman, HitlerAteSugar, MovingTheGoalposts, and BeggingTheQuestion. A form of SelectiveObliviousness; see also OpinionMyopia.
11th Feb '16 9:24:22 AM dexterian120
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-> '''Google:''' Well, I have one Million results that say that they ''don't''... and one result that says they do.

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-> '''Google:''' Well, I have one Million million results that say that they ''don't''... and one result that says they do.
27th Jan '16 9:29:42 AM jeez
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-> '''Woman:''' ''[picking the latter result]'' I ''knew'' it.

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-> '''Woman:''' ''[picking ''[picks the latter result]'' I ''knew'' it.knew it!
27th Jan '16 9:28:48 AM jeez
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-> '''Woman:''' Vaccines cause autism?
-> '''Google:''' Well, I have one Million results that say that they ''don't''... and one result that says they do.
-> '''Woman:''' ''[picking the latter result]'' I ''knew'' it.
-->-- ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)]], '''Website/CollegeHumor'''''

16th Jan '16 3:45:09 PM StFan
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* One of the more prevalent biases that narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
** She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] in-universe.

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* One Creator/JeffDunham's schtick with "Walter", a puppet who often voices Midwestern conservative views, is partly made up of "clappy humor," though mostly done to appeal to audience members who "know someone like this".
** Though Walter seems to be set up so that those who agree with him can laugh with him, and those who disagree with him can laugh ''at'' him; he's not exactly portrayed as a happy, admirable, or attractive individual after all. Obviously those who tend towards an extreme of either won't laugh at all.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin was a master of clappy humor too. His act came to focus more and more on his general misanthropy and criticism of optimistic people regardless of political affiliation. His last tour especially played up the "grumpy old man" angle.
* Much of Creator/LewisBlack's material pre-2009 was essentially a liberal critique
of the more prevalent biases that narrator is guilty of in Bush administration, individuals within it, and cultural conservatives paired with over the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].top facial expressions and screaming in reaction to those things. Hilarious if you're a culturally liberal person but mostly just plain insulting if you aren't.
* BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.

** She directly goes * Creator/RichardPryor spots 'Clapter' and calls it out in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of her way Arizona State Penitentiary gets applause. "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"
* Creator/BillyConnolly also gets exasperated on his "Live in New York" DVD by this. He begins his set by saying wearily "I'm supposed
to ignore information that contradicts her claims, talk about Scotland all the time," and even directly states a few times, that is driven to distraction by the rest American crowd constantly clapping ''any'' mention of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] in-universe.Scottish towns and cities.



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* Politically themed comic strips, from ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' to ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore'' to ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'' to ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'': if you agree with them, they're hilarious; if you don't, they're poison to the mind. If you don't have a dog in the fight on either side, then you're probably just skipping over them all to see what ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' is up to today.
** Ditto for ''The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee''. It's questionable if even the people it's allegedly preaching to find it funny. Comments on the comics SnarkBait blog [[http://www.joshreads.com The Comics Curmudgeon]] seem to indicate not...
** And ''I Drew This'', by the ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' lady.
** ''The Bad Reporter'' wasn't originally this -- a cartoon from the early 2000s mocked the "comic-book-ization" of the media and argued that both sides of the political aisle were engaging in {{demonization}}, without particularly insulting the followers of either side so much as their leaders. A cartoon a few years later parodied ''Film/IAmSam'' with undecided voters in place of the mentally retarded. Not trying to win any converts now, are we, Mr. Asmussen?
** Same goes for "alt-comic" strips like ''ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld'', which are placed on weekly/monthly free newspapers for certain cities which have a significant liberal population.
* ''ComicStrip/MinimumSecurity'' was mostly only published in alternative newspapers where extreme views are more common. As such, it is no surprise to see a comic strip where everyone ranging from religious people, scientists, businessmen, and people who simply eat meat are depicted as evil and stupid. The main character doesn't eat meat and advocates the destruction of society, thus, she is smarter.
* Dog-themed comics like ''Fred the Basset'' and ''Marmaduke'' tend to be praised by dog lovers and disliked by all others. ''Pluggers'' is loved by self-identified Pluggers (many of the comic ideas are sent in by readers) while people outside the demographic find the jokes incomprehensible. A similar trend follows for any other heavily themed comic.
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* One of the more prevalent biases that narrator is guilty of in the fanfic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]].
** She directly goes out of her way to ignore information that contradicts her claims, and even directly states a few times, that the rest of the "idiot historians" can be right occasionally, given that they match her beliefs. Her terrible reasoning skills in her essay, however, are thankfully [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] in-universe.
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* Politically themed comic strips, from ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' to ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore'' to ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'' to ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'': if you agree with them, they're hilarious; if you don't, they're poison to the mind. If you don't have a dog in the fight on either side, then you're probably just skipping over them all to see what ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' is up to today.
** Ditto for ''The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee''. It's questionable if even the people it's allegedly preaching to find it funny. Comments on the comics SnarkBait blog [[http://www.joshreads.com The Comics Curmudgeon]] seem to indicate not...
** And ''I Drew This'', by the ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' lady.
** ''The Bad Reporter'' wasn't originally this - a cartoon from the early 2000s mocked the "comic-book-ization" of the media and argued that both sides of the political aisle were engaging in {{demonization}}, without particularly insulting the followers of either side so much as their leaders. A cartoon a few years later parodied ''Film/IAmSam'' with undecided voters in place of the mentally retarded. Not trying to win any converts now, are we, Mr. Asmussen?
** Same goes for "alt-comic" strips like ThisModernWorld, which are placed on weekly/monthly free newspapers for certain cities which have a significant liberal population.
* ''ComicStrip/MinimumSecurity'' was mostly only published in alternative newspapers where extreme views are more common. As such, it is no surprise to see a comic strip where everyone ranging from religious people, scientists, businessmen, and people who simply eat meat are depicted as evil and stupid. The main character doesn't eat meat and advocates the destruction of society, thus, she is smarter.
* Dog-themed comics like ''Fred the Basset'' and ''Marmaduke'' tend to be praised by dog lovers and disliked by all others. ''Pluggers'' is loved by self-identified Pluggers (many of the comic ideas are sent in by readers) while people outside the demographic find the jokes incomprehensible. A similar trend follows for any other heavily themed comic.

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* ''TheNowShow'' can veer into this territory, although it's usually more about cynicism of ''any'' politician or celebrity than about conservatives and liberals.

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* ''TheNowShow'' ''Radio/TheNowShow'' can veer into this territory, although it's usually more about cynicism of ''any'' politician or celebrity than about conservatives and liberals.



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* Creator/JeffDunham's schtick with "Walter", a puppet who often voices Midwestern conservative views, is partly made up of "clappy humor," though mostly done to appeal to audience members who "know someone like this".
** Though Walter seems to be set up so that those who agree with him can laugh with him, and those who disagree with him can laugh ''at'' him; he's not exactly portrayed as a happy, admirable, or attractive individual after all. Obviously those who tend towards an extreme of either won't laugh at all.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin was a master of clappy humor too. His act came to focus more and more on his general misanthropy and criticism of optimistic people regardless of political affiliation. His last tour especially played up the "grumpy old man" angle.
* Much of Creator/LewisBlack's material pre-2009 was essentially a liberal critique of the Bush administration, individuals within it, and cultural conservatives paired with over the top facial expressions and screaming in reaction to those things. Hilarious if you're a culturally liberal person but mostly just plain insulting if you aren't.
* BillMaher falls under this, hard. His highly political material, paired with his tendency to try to be edgy make him a very divisive comic prone to clapter/criticism depending on who's watching.
* Creator/RichardPryor spots 'Clapter' and calls it out in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of Arizona State Penitentiary gets applause. "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"
* Creator/BillyConnolly also gets exasperated on his "Live in New York" DVD by this. He begins his set by saying wearily "I'm supposed to talk about Scotland all the time," and is driven to distraction by the American crowd constantly clapping ''any'' mention of Scottish towns and cities.
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13th Jan '16 7:26:52 PM AdamC
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* Rather refreshingly averted with ''Film/SavingChristmas.'' Producer and star Kirk Cameron seemed convinced that no matter what the critical appraisal, the film would find an audience with hard-core Christians looking for a good Christmastime flick. However, the film's agenda of endorsing the commercial or hedonistic aspects of Christmas rather than the loving spiritual ones caused most Christians to hate the film too.
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