->''"There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view I hold dear."''
-->-- '''Daniel Dennett'''

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Don't Shoot The Message is the phenomenon that results when viewers feel the need to explain that while they are in agreement with the message attempted by a work, they hate the delivery (typically for being {{anvilicious}}) enough that it is still intolerable. They might consider the messenger to be RightForTheWrongReasons. The work is seen as preachy, even to [[ConfirmationBias people who agree with the message]].

Such a position should not be seen as particularly incongruous, but it is often assumed that those who dislike a work ''necessarily'' disagree with its point of view. Many times, it is indeed the case: If an unpalatable bias is detected in a work, people will steer clear of it. However, the ''a priori'' assumption that this is the case is most certainly an invocation of YouFailLogicForever - for instance, hating a corny anti-drug PSA does not mean that one is a heroin addict.

The lines have been further blurred with the rise of entertainment specifically designed to appeal to various spots on political and social spectra, and not others... style mixes with substance to such an extent that a rejection of one is seen as a rejection of the other. To take several broad examples: Certainly there are conservatives who dislike Ann Coulter or GlennBeck, and liberals who dislike MichaelMoore or KeithOlbermann. There are fundamentalist Christians who can't stand the ''LeftBehind'' series or ''ComicBook/ChickTracts,'' and atheists who don't like having Sam Harris or Bill Maher as spokesmen. There is, of course, nothing objectively wrong with liking any of these things (yes... [[StrawmanPolitical even that one]]). However, the fact remains that those that like the politics, but not how it is presented, often feel the distinct need to mention the fact. This tends to pop up within Administrivia/{{natter}} upon this very wiki, as if the mere fact that someone has problems with the Roman Catholic Church lends more credence to his negative opinion about ''TheDaVinciCode''.

One possible form this could take is a SpaceWhaleAesop. Contrast this with StrawmanHasAPoint, when one can't help but agree with something like the ''opposite'' of the work's position (though not so much because of one's prior beliefs as because the work did such a bad job of portraying the opposition). This could also lead to a LogicBomb if your reason for shooting the message is because of the messenger's hypocrisy. Compare StealthParody, which can differ from this trope only in creator intent, and due to PoesLaw may be confused for each other.

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