Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Quick Hit on Intellectual Honesty

Derek Thompson, a writer at The Atlantic, recently wrote about the Soledad O'Brien/John Sununu exchange, and I'm surprised that he didn't join the media chorus over how O'Brien supposedly "dismantled" Sununu. Instead, he strips out the rhetoric, takes a look at the actual argument, and finds that both O'Brien and Sununu are essentially just trying to spin reality. Neither of them are completely correct and neither of them are actually wrong.

It's actually a textbook example of how you can combine rhetoric and spin statistics to favor your own political ideology. It's a rare feat whenever you see someone deconstruct the rhetoric to look at the actual argument, and I'd like to point it out whenever possible.

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